AFTER weeks of doughy hands and buttery fingers, a Caherdavin man will hope to cook his way to the Great Irish Bake Off finale tonight on TV3.
William De Korte, 29, was the only Munster contestant on the show and will now join one man and three women in season one’s semi-final.
De Korte, whose father is a confectioner, said he his hopeful that he will make his way to the first ever final.
“I’m in the semi-final now and it’s been pretty good so far. The post-filming has been as much fun as the actual filming itself. It’s been a great few weeks on the show. The highlight of it all was getting star baker in the fourth week, which I really wasn’t expecting at all. When I first got involved in the programme, I had no interest really in getting the star baker prize because it’s extra attention. But so far, the show has been absolutely fantastic. It’s been a great experience.”
The semi-finalist, who runs his own cooking website - The Cook’s Belly - said his confidence in the show has boosted, week by week, thanks to fellow contestants.
“The only pressuring time, really, was the first episode. You don’t know what’s coming up and you don’t know what to expect. But when I got star baker, things got much easier and less things went wrong. When the pressure gets to you, the nerves start to get to you. The best advice I got was from Steve Twydell in week three. He was telling me to calm the nerves, and the next week I got star baker,” he explained.
He said that his website has nearly quadrupled in visitor views since he first appeared on the TV3 reality programme.
“The amount of people that have actually looked up the blog has been amazing. Beforehand, I was really blogging a lot around May, and then I was getting around 4,500 hits a month from visitors. Now, because of the show, the website is getting around 20,000 hits a month, which is great. So many people are visiting and are getting engaged in what I am cooking. I am also doing demos around the country on baking skills and techniques.”
William De Korte will bake for his place in the final, tonight at 9pm on TV3.