WATCH: Jude Somers puts the “whimsical” into everything she creates. Ceilidh Millar reports.
In February, Jude Somers submitted an audition tape for a pilot baking show.
“On a lark, we shot a little demo video of me walking around making my pie,” said Somers.
It wasn’t the pie that had all the ingredients, it was Somers, who fit the recipe for a TV culinary competitor on CBC’s The Great Canadian Baking Show.
The 60-year-old retired animator from Victoria has been mastering the art of baking for the last 40-odd years.
“It was exhilarating,” explained Somers. “It was like baking boot camp!”
Somers is one of ten amateur bakers from across the country putting their culinary skills to the test in a series of challenges.
The show is a spin-off of one of Britain’s most popular series – The Great British Bake Off.
“Both [my husband] and I are big fans of the British show,” she said.
Her passion for baking, passed onto her by both her grandmothers, is only growing stronger.
“I’ve learned so much about baking” she explained when asked what she took away from the experience.
While viewers will have to wait to see if Somers rises to the top, for now, she’s sharing her star ingredient.
“I’m the dancing baker,” she said while showing off her tap dancing moves. “They were always asking me to tap dance!
The Great Canadian Baking Show premieres tonight on CBC at 8 p.m.
Follow Somers’ culinary journey on her Facebook page.