Kate Great British Bake Off unfamiliarity with recipes or weighing ingredients could prove costly

41 year old Kate from Brighton, confess that she very rarely uses recipes or weighs ingredients in her baking. We are therefore very keen to see what Paul and Mary thinks of her baking each week, our guess is that for this competition her baking strategy could prove costly.

The furniture upholsterer uses baking as a way to get involved in neighbourhood causes in her hometown, but she is also a trained actress and performed on stage for a couple of years before working in advertising and design agencies.

Kate moved to Brighton to bring her daughter up and started her upholstery business that she runs from home, breathing new life into furniture with various textures and colours. Community-minded, every year Kate organises a street party and she loves to bake for her family – last year she made 15 Christmas cakes!

Kate considers herself to be a creative baker and treats every bake as an experiment. She once baked a life-sized Goldfinger Bond girl for her sister’s 40th birthday and a full-sized 3D sculpture of her friend’s head – all from cake.