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Tuesday 27 January 2015

Sue Perkins gets greedy on Bake Off

Sue Perkins thinks she has a big appetite
Sue Perkins thinks she has a big appetite

Sue Perkins thinks she has her appetite to thank for her much of her career.

The 41-year-old made her name in a show called Light Lunch, has popped up on Celebrity Masterchef, eaten her way through the ages in Supersizers Go... and is now back to present The Great British Bake Off for the second time.

She said: "I am an eater. To do a food programme convincingly, you need to have an appetite, put quite simply. And I have one which is almost legendary. I can come back for seconds of pate, drink two bottles of sherry, and lay waste to pretty much anything that's put in front of me."

Sue added that she has appointed herself 'chief taster' on The Great British Bake Off - which sometimes gets her into trouble.

She said: "I had a spoon in my pocket that I would whip out and delve into all the ingredients I could see: mascarpone, caramel... I put on about three-quarters of a stone.

"One person had a bowl full of cherries and I ate half of them. A shout went up of, 'Where are my cherries?' and I 'fessed up.

"Of course they needed all of them, and there were no more cherries in the building. Their end tart was really spartan, so I had to say, 'Don't judge it badly - because it was my fault!'"

:: The Great British Bake Off begins on August 16 on BBC2.

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