National MP Paula Bennett has said she will be “a judge’s worst nightmare” when she appears on TVNZ’s Celebrity Bake Off later this year.
“I do bake quite a bit at home but I’m definitely not a technical baker,” said Bennett. “I go by gut feel and like to jazz it up… Sometimes it’s amazing and other times a complete flop, not much in the middle.”
Bennett will compete to win money for her chosen charity alongside other famous faces like former Bachelor Art Green and Educators creator and star Jackie van Beek in the Christmas special, a spin-off from The Great Kiwi Bake Off.
Radio and TV presenters Toni Street and Bree Tomasel, and actor Dave Fane will round out the six-strong cast of Celebrity Bake Off.
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Van Beek said part of the appeal of the show was reuniting with Great Kiwi Bake Off hosts Madeleine Sami and Hayley Sproull, who both also appear in Educators (Sami and van Beek also co-write, co-directed and co-starred in 2018 film The Breaker Upperers).
When it came to baking, van Beek said, she had “very little experience” and relied on coaching from her 12-year-old daughter.
While it is unclear whether new dad Green will bake according to the restrictions of the paleo diet to which he is committed, he talked up his “competitive skills in the kitchen” and said he was excited “to raise some much-needed funds for the SPCA.”
The other charities the celebrities will compete on behalf of are Dress for Success (Bennett), Woman’s Refuge (van Beek), CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust (Street), Lifeline Aotearoa (Tomasel) and Stroke Foundation (Fane).
Like The Great Kiwi Bake Off, the charity spin-off will see the celebrities go head-to-head with bakes judged by DeanBrettschneider and Sue Fleischl.