Church Crookham's Beca Lyne-Pirkis says a world of cooking opportunities awaits after being kicked off the BBC2 baking show
The dream may have ended for Church Crookham baker Beca Lyne-Pirkis, but the doors are only just opening to a world of new cooking opportunities.
The 31-year-old mother was voted out of the semi final of the BBC television hit, Great British Bake-Off on Tuesday October 15.
She struggled to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with her savoury canapés in the signature round, a Charlotte Royale in the technical test and a layered opera cake in the showstopper challenge.
But she walked away with a wealth of experience, new friendships and the confidence to take her hobby to the next level.
Mrs Lyne-Pirkis said: “It has been a brilliant experience and I am really pleased I got so far.
“I have received so many tweets and calls its been overwhelming.
“What was great was that all 13 bakers were completely different in their baking, flavour combinations and skills so it was good learning from each other, as cheesy as it sounds.
“Having done so many technical challenges, it has given me the confidence to take on any recipe. I enjoyed making my lemon iced buns and my focaccia was a big hit.”
She has since been offered teaching jobs at cookery schools, television interviews and cooking demonstration slots at food festivals.
“I hope to carry on baking and make it a career whether it is sharing my experience or helping others,” she said.
It took her two months to get round to filling in the application form to compete in the competition but she said she had no regrets: “The standard now is ridiculously hard,” she said.
“Apply if you are passionate, can do a broad range of disciplines and have confidence in yourself.
“The audition process was long, but give it a go, you never know.”
The mother-of-one, from Cardiff, is living in Hart as her army medic husband Matt is currently based in Aldershot.
The Great British Bake Off final takes place on October 22 on BBC Two at 8pm.