IT all started with a WhatsApp message from a friend telling her about a baking competition and now she is one of the 12 contestants in the Great South African Bake Off competition 2017 show, that will start airing on television on October 17 on BBC Lifestyle channel 174 in DSTV. Kershni Naidoo from Northdale, who is a mother of three and a fitness instructor told Maritzburg Fever that she did not know about the competition .”A friend encouraged me to enter,” said Naidoo.“I did research on the show and I went onto the BBC Lifestyle channel, and applied two weeks prior the closing date. On the same day when I applied, I got a confirmation asking for my pictures and pictures of the treats that I have baked. After that I was interviewed and I was shortlisted. “All the contestants that were shortlisted were called to come to Johannesburg with the cakes they have baked. “I was so nervous because I was coming from Pietermaritzburg and I was scared that by the time I get into Johannesburg my cake will be ruined. Luckily I got there with my cake still in one piece,” she said giggling. Naidoo said she received the good news in June that she is one of the 12 contestants. “I did not believe it. “I had to pinch myself. I was just happy that I was shortlisted, but when I heard that I made it, I was over the moon. “There were other talented bakers but I was the chosen one.” Naidoo said she is the only contestant that was selected from Pietermaritzburg and she is very proud that she will be presenting the City of Choice. “There are so many professional bakers in Pietermariztburg. This encourages me to work even harder because I am passionate about baking. “When I started it was about saving money and baking good-tasting cakes for my children.“When I baked few cakes for my children’s birthday parties, my friends were so pleased with my baking that they started asking me to bake for them and baking became my hobby. I try different things and now I have a small business called ‘Cakes by Kesh’. I work from home because I don’t have a bakery.”Naidoo said one day she will want to have her own bakery or coffee shop. The show will air every Tuesday at 8pm.