Baker not afraid of a mess

2017-11-14 06:00
Ameer Cloete

Ameer Cloete

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Ottery East baker Ameer Cloete has been whisking up some magic on the set of the third series of The Great South African Bake Off.

Cloete decided to enter the competition to challenge his skills in the kitchen, but was surprised to hear he was a contestant.

“I enjoy baking and it was something new to challenge myself with. I had no idea I’d actually make it onto the show when I filled in the application form,” he says.

Cloete, who is currently studying towards a degree in education, says he has always “been into experimenting with food and cooking”.

“I think it’s the fact that it can go so wrong that makes getting it right such a good feeling,” he says.

The 25-year-old says he loves trying new things in the kitchen and always wants to learn more – and he’s not afraid to make a mess.

Although he doesn’t have a signature dish, Cloete claims he can make a good chocolate cake and loves working with butter and eggs.

“Without eggs cake would be very ­different!”

The TV reality competition sees contestants spending nine weeks whisking, rolling and piping. However, only one can emerge victorious.

The competition will provide plenty of inspiration and fun as the amateurs go all out to impress the judges – cookbook author and TV personality Zola Nene and private chef Tjaart Walraven.

Cloete says his best experience on the show has to be the new friends he’ll leave with.

“[My highlight would be] all the people whom I met and had an opportunity to learn from. I think we all share a bond because of being in that same boat for that time,” he says.

V The Great South African Bake Off airs tonight at 20:00 on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174).

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