TV Bake-Off celeb Christine will judge local fundraiser

YUMMIES FOR OUR TUMMIES: Christine Wallace baking in her kitchen

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GREAT British Bake Off star Christine Wallace has got used to being judged on the popular TV show.

But now the Didcot 67-year-old will use her expertise to judge others at the Oxfordshire Bake Off – a fundraiser inspired by the show.

Mrs Wallace, named star baker on the show on Tuesday, told the Oxford Mail: “I am thrilled. After being on the Bake Off and being judged myself, it is nice to be able to look at someone else’s bakes.”

The grandmother-of-two has made it through to the last eight in the Bake Off from 13 original amateurs.

Of the show, she said: “It was marvellous being named star baker. I got it two weeks ago and to get it again I couldn’t believe it.

“It is pressured because you are baking in front of cameras and you are baking to a time limit.

“Things tend to go wrong. You can’t start again like at home.”

The former fashion company worker has at least 60 years baking experience, having learnt from her grandmother.

She is joining other judges, who include cooking authors, on the panel for the fundraiser on Saturday, October 5.

Mrs Wallace said: “I will be looking out for a great flavour and good presentation.

“Flavour to me comes slightly ahead of presentation, but they do go hand in hand.

“I would tell people who are entering to think carefully about what they are going to bake and to practise.”

Oxfordshire Bake Off organiser Kate Kellaway-Moore, who works for Oxfam and is from Witney, said: “I am over the moon we will have Christine coming along on the day to judge. She’s been so fantastic on this year’s show and has really done Oxfordshire proud.

“I love how much her grandmother and mother inspired her.

“It’s exactly the same for me, and I’m sure many bakers taking part this year have been passed down their passion from baking with and for their families.”

She said the BBC show has been an inspiration for their event.

“I wanted to do an event which was as light-hearted, she said. “Fill a room with bunting, enjoy some brilliant baked goodies and use it to raise money for charities.

“Many people who have applied said the series inspired them.”

The bake-off at Oxford High School may raise £10,000 for Oxfam and Helen and Douglas House.

Entry is £5 per category, or £10 for three categories. The entry fee goes to the charities. Visit oxfordbakeoff.wordpress.com

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