Batter luck in the future to Norfolk’s Bake Off heroine Kate Barmby
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Batter Week creped up on Kate Barmby and her Bake Off journey has come to an end as she became the fourth baker to leave the famous tent.
'I don't think I have completely humiliated myself, there have been some fantastic bakes in amongst some of the shocking ones. I'm not going to cry because it's over,' she said, after bowing out of the competition after a flipping good effort with a degree of pan-ache.
'I would have felt better if I hadn't come out on Batter Week, as I had two good weeks previously. I know I got nearly halfway through but on a personal point to get so close is still a bit raw. But you have to pick yourself up and carry on.
'At work (Kate is a nurse at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital) some of the patients have no idea that I am in Bake Off. It has been a real mixed bag of comments and the regular patients have been bringing their children in to see me, and it's quite sweet to see the kids get excited.
'Friends, relatives and some regular patients encouraged me to apply and I am really pleased they did as I have loved the whole experience.
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'My family have all loved the show and my two daughters, Lucy and Rebecca, helped me prepare by pretending to be Mel and Sue.
'I've had loads of text messages from our Brownies group and some of them watched Biscuit Week at a sleepover and squealed with delight when they saw Paul eating my gingerbread Brownies!
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'I want to carry on nursing, so life won't change too much for me. I haven't quite decided which way I want to take my baking.
'I love cake art and design and I want to pursue that creative aspect. I can appreciate unusual and exotic flavours, but I still like to use local seasonal produce from Norfolk as much as possible.'
Host Paul Hollywood said: 'Is Kate the weakest baker out of the group? No she's not, but she was this weekend. That's how Bake Off works.'
Kate will join Jo Brand on The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on Friday at 9.30pm on BBC2.