Local women are contenders in this year's Great British Bake-Off and X Factor competitions
Hampshire's baking hero moved into the next round of the BBC’s Great British Bake-Off after Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry told her she had ‘nailed it’ with her cooking.
Beca Lyne-Pirkis, 31, was said to be at risk of elimination after receiving criticism for her bread in week two and a mishap with her custard in the trifle challenge in the episode aired on September 3, but turned it around with her petit-fours, inspired by millionaire’s shortbread.
Speaking to the News & Mail , she said: “I went into the showdown all guns blazing to make sure I was going to stay another week.
“What I turned out exceeded what I intended to make and to hear Mary and Paul say it was perfect was incredible.
“I had a really good first week, but you’re only as good as your last performance.”
The mother-of-one, originally from Cardiff, is living in Church Crookham as her army medic husband Matt is currently based in Aldershot.
She is also a member of the Aldershot Military Wives Choir.
She learned most of her baking skills from her parents and family, as well as from reading cookery books and years of practice.
Meanwhile Yateley teenager Siana Schofield is another reality television star flying the flag for the county as she soared past the audition rounds of this year’s ITV’s X Factor.
The 16-year-old, who dazzled crowds at Gig on the Green in Yateley two months ago, and won this year’s Open Mic UK competition at the O2 Arena, impressed the judges with a rendition of Emeli Sandé’s Breaking the Law in Saturday night’s show.
Gary Barlow praised her ‘quirky sound and great look’, while Nicole Sherzinger described her as a real contender for the talent show.