IT’S that time of year again as The Great British Bake Off is back with new faces competing for a chance to win – and one of those is Chigs
Here’s everything you need to know about the series 12 contestant.
Who is Chigs on The Great British Bake Off 2021?
Will Chirag, who goes by the name Chigs, is a 40-year-old sales manager from Leicestershire.
Chigs only got into baking in 2020 while stuck in lockdown and looking for new things to do.
He clearly is good at it, if all it took was one year for him to end up in the Bake Off tent.
He taught himself all the skills he needed to know – such as intricate chocolate work – through watching online videos.
Chigs is a real thrillseeker enjoying activities such as bouldering, skydiving and trekking – and enterin baking ompetitions.
If getting a place to compete on Bake Off wasn’t enough, he also hopes to climb Kilimanjaro having already taken on the Three Peaks Challenge in Yorkshire.
Chigs can be followed on his Instagram here: @thelatebloomeruk.
What has Chigs done on the Great British Bake Off 2021?
The first week was Cake Week, with Chigs tying to wow the judges with his anti-gravity illusion showstopper cake.
His idea was to whip up a cake of a mug pouring batter into a bowl.
He named his masterpiece Where it All Began, symbolizing the beginning of the baker’s journey.
Unfortunately as he was taking it to the judges’ table, the mug began to split down the middle and ended up on the floor.
Luckily, he managed to see the funny side of the situation, joking: “Well it was anti-gravity before but that’s not what it is now!”
In Biscuit week, Chigs managed to revisit his youth by designing a snooker table made out of spiced gingerbread with marshmallow fondant balls.
Judge Prue Leith described it as “perfect”.
What has Chigs said about being on the show?
Chigs told Leicester Mercury: “I never believed I would actually make it on the show, but was over the moon to have been selected as a contestant – the hard part was keeping it secret given how excited I was to be on the show.”
He went on to say how he was “excited but anxious” when he walked into the tent, as that is when it “became real” for him.
When asked about his strengths and weaknesses, Chigs replied: “My strengths are baking with chocolate, my attention to detail and my organisational skills.
“There are areas for improvement but I believe I can learn and improve my skills and I am keen to continue to learn more.”
Chigs hopes to blow the judges away with his eagerness to push the boundaries of baking – and so far he’s doing well with it.
When is The Great British Bake Off 2021 on TV and how can I watch it?
The Great British Bake Off has returned to Channel 4 every Tuesday at 8pm
If you’ve missed a previous episode, they are available on Channel 4 catch up.
An Extra Slice airs on Friday nights.