French food blogger, 26, who shares Instagram snaps of delicious desserts is favourite to win GBBO – as her best friend says she ‘deserves every success she gets’
- Software engineer Manon Lagreve, 26, is the favourite to win this year’s Bake Off
- She has her own food blog and posts pictures of her delicious creations online
- Ms Lagreve was born and raised in a small village in Brittany, France
- She is one of 12 amateur bakers taking part in the Channel 4 series this year
A food blogger who shares pictures of her delicious kitchen creations online is the favourite to win this year’s Great British Bake Off.
Manon Lagreve, 26, who was born and raised in a small village in Brittany, France, is one of the 12 contestants vying to be crowned this year’s champion baker.
Software project manager Ms Lagreve, who runs her own blog called: ‘Manon’s Little Kitchen’ regularly posts mouthwatering images of her bakes on her Instagram account.
Her blog, which appears to have been taken down, includes recipes for her favourite desserts, including Tarte Tatin, macha and white chocolate fondants, Tiramasu and honey cake with fresh figs.
Manon Lagreve, 26, who was born and raised in a small village in Brittany, France, is one of the 12 contestants vying to be crowned this year’s champion baker
Her friend Jennifer Moyes (pictured with Ms Lagreve) said: ‘I’m so glad success has finally found her. It’s everything she has always deserved’
Her friend Jennifer Moyes, a wedding photographer, hinted that she could be one of this year’s favourites, writing: ‘She has some very big life changes coming up.
‘I’m so glad success has finally found her. It’s everything she has always deserved.’
In one post she writes: ‘Mini Financiers with pistachio cream and fresh raspberries. Another easy and great recipe for this summer! Perfect to transport to a BBQ and impress ;)’
Alongside a picture of Tarte Tatin, she wrote: ‘One of the first tart I mastered (Well I hope. As long as you manage the caramel, the rest is achievable for anyone, just try it :)’
Speaking ahead of her appearance on the show, she said she applied for Bake Off because it was one of the first shows she watched on TV when she came to England
Two of Ms Lagreve’s creations, including honey cake and fresh figs, honey mascarpone icing (left) and a what she describes as a ‘white chocolate sphere with pistachio mousse, financier and fresh raspberry’
Speaking about her Tiramisu, she says: ‘Tiramisu has always been a favourite in my family and this strawberry version was definitely a must during the summer season! It doesn’t need any bake and is so easy to make.’
She also tries her hand at health food snacks, writing: ‘Hitting up the gym? (Or trying to get back to the gym again like me?)
‘These bars were perfect as a pre-workout and they last for so long in the fridge.’
In another snap she revealed she had paid a visit to her home in Brittany, writing: ‘Soaking up Brittany’s sunshine at the Mont Saint Michel.
Ms Lagreve, left, and right on a visit home to Brittany where she visited Mont Saint Michel, said she applied for GBBO because it was one of the first shows she watched when she moved to the UK
‘So happy to be home.’
In an interview ahead of her appearance on the show, she said she applied for Bake Off because it was one of the first shows she watched on TV when she came to England.
She learned to bake from her mother and grandmother, and found her passion for baking after arriving in London.
Ms Lagreve is one of 12 amateur bakers vying for this year’s title.
The Great British Bake Off’s ninth season will begin on Channel 4 on August 28 at 8PM, with judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood (centre) and presented by Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding
Slapped wrist: Producers will surely be giving Prue extra reminders this time around to keep the results close to her chest – and to stay well away from Twitter on finale night, which airs in the late Autumn
GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?
The [Kim] joy of baking: Kim-Joy has an ‘open’ approach to cakes
Occupation: Mental health specialist
Why Bake Off? Kim-Joy says her mixed-heritage is reflected in her open attitude to baking. She was born in Belgium to an English father and Malaysian-Chinese mother, grew up in London and now lives in Leeds. She applied for the show to boost her confidence as she never thought she could do it
Boozy bakes: Londoner Ruby is partial to a Chambord Ganache
Occupation: Project manager
Why Bake Off? Growing up in an Indian family, Ruby was inspired by her mother, who used to make Indian sweets when she was a child. Now a Londoner, Ruby makes cakes, pastries and ‘boozy treats’ – which she enjoys inviting her friends and family over to indulge in
Flamboyant or flambé? Karen is looking to ‘have some fun’
Occupation: In-store sampling assistant
Why Bake Off? Karen’s love for baking comes from the 15 years she owned a house in France. ‘I want to be more free and flamboyant. I really want to do this for me and I thought it was the right time to step up and have fun,’ she says
Blood, sweat and tears: Jon is a medical courier for a living
Occupation: Blood courier
Why Bake Off? Welsh father-of-four Jon said: ‘I bake as often as I can, several times a week, mainly in the day while my wife and children are at school as I get some peace that way! The tent is far easier than my kitchen’
Mother knows best: Imelda learned to bake from her Irish mother
Occupation: Countryside recreation officer
Why Bake Off? Hailing from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, Imelda learned to cook and bake from her mother, who has been an inspiration in applying for the Great British Bake Off this year
Paul Bollywood? Antony’s Indian father taught him how to bake
Why Bake Off? Antony said of the challenge: ‘My friends back home in India will be really surprised.They have known me to be a singer in a choir, a two-piece band but never as a baker, so it will be interesting to see their reaction’
Getting technical: Terry is a self-confessed ‘edgy’ baker
Why Bake Off? Terry says he’ll use his background as a prosthetic technician, as well as spoils from his own microbrewery and allotment, to add edge to his bakes
Party boy: Luke is trading his decks for a different type of mixer
Occupation: Civil servant/House and Techno DJ
Why Bake Off? Luke comes from Sheffield and has been baking since he was just 10-years-old. He feels now is the time to put his 20 years of home-baking to good use. The Bake Off tent is also a far cry from the DJ booths at night clubs that he’s used to
Man of science: Rahul has an East-meets-West flair for baking
Occupation: Research scientist
Why Bake Off? Rahul moved to the UK on a university scholarship when he was 23 and now lives in Rotherham. Once in the UK, he discovered new flavours and cuisines that have inspired his East-meets-West style of baking
Self-taught: Briony credits YouTube for her skills in the kitchen
Occupation: Full-time mum
Why Bake Off? Having learned her techniques from YouTube tutorials, Bristol-based Briony feels ready to tackle the Bake Off tent
Bringing the boulangerie: Manon draws upon her French heritage
Occupation: Software project manager
Why Bake Off? Hailing from France, Manon says: ‘When me and my best friend came to England, Bake Off was one of the first shows we watched together on TV. My closest girlfriends have always rooted for me and supported me throughout my baking journey’
Growing up: Dan has honed his baking skills as a stay-at-home dad
Occupation: Full-time dad
Why Bake Off? ‘I’m doing this for selfish reasons,’ Dan says. ‘I’ve been at home looking after the kids for the last six years, so it was a chance to do something for myself. With my youngest starting school, I’m now ready to rejoin the world of adults’
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