KITCHEN KUDOS: Ben Brown is off to prove a point on the Great Australian Bake Off.
KITCHEN KUDOS: Ben Brown is off to prove a point on the Great Australian Bake Off.

Emerald miner baking up a screen debut

BEN Brown is baking up a storm, and landed himself on the small screen hoping to whip, knead and beat his way to victory.

Ben, of Emerald, is one of 12 contestants on Foxtel's The Great Australian Bake Off and he said he was thrilled.

"It was my sister-in-law that suggested I put in for it, and I just sort of fobbed it off," he said.

"Then one day at work I filled out the form for shits and giggles.

"I got an invite to go down for auditions."

Ben works in the mining industry, and said he has been baking for about four years after being inspired by pastry chef Adriano Zumbo.

"I was watching a documentary on SBS about Zumbo's macarons," he said.

"I'm very excited."

With the first episode to air on October 13, Ben said he is looking forward to sitting down with some mates and some beers to have a watch of himself on the TV.

"It's a lot of laughs," he said.

"It's just 12 people who are pumped up on baking, we enjoy it and we're all having a great time basically."

Ben's favourite dish to bake is canele, a baked custard "because it's technically challenging and it's hard to get right".

But not every dish has been a winner, with a particular lemon meringue pie haunting Ben from years ago.

"It was a lemon meringue pie for my first anniversary with Sherie (McDonald)," he laughed.

"The pastry was rubbish, the meringue was over-whipped, the curd was runny... she was well impressed.

"It was a big blip."

But with the lemon meringue aside, Ben said he definitely needed to thank Sherie for all her help.

"She's my taste-tester for all the things that went wrong," he said.

"There's been plenty of failures, the ladies at the Neighbourhood Centre and the council are well-versed in leftovers and taste-testing."

The show boasts culinary icon Maggie Beer and acclaimed chef Matt Moran as judges.

The show will be aired on Foxtel.


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