PUBLISHED: 15:54, Mon, Oct 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:15, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Channel 4 favourite The Great British Bake Off returned to screens despite the best efforts of the coronavirus. Another 12 home bakers will be put through their paces with various challenges over the next 10 weeks and only one can come out victorious. But what are the most common pitfalls the contestants need to avoid in order to hit the dizzying heights of Star Baker?
Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to Bake Off: The Professionals finalists Domenico Camporeale and Alessandra Labarile about their top tips for keeping your cool in the tent.
During their time on the most recent series of Bake Off: The Professionals, the duo had to face the scrutiny of the judges including the notoriously fierce Cherish Finden, who is known to reduce the most hardened of chefs to tears when she pulls out her ruler to measure bakes.
Advising the Bake Off contestants, chef Camporeale told the bakers to enjoy the amazing experience and savour each moment.
He said: “The opportunity they give you and also the people that you meet, that’s really important.
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Bake Off 2020 returned to screens recently (Image: CHANNEL 4)
Bake Off: The Professionals stars Domenico Camporeale and Alessandra Labarile (Image: PH)
“It’s going to open up doors and the friendships that you’re going to create.
“It even happened with me and Alessandra with our experience, we really created a family and not like people who were there for a competition.
“We were really helping each other to achieve the best of that challenge and we were happy for everybody.
“If it was first place or second place, it doesn’t really matter at the time.”
Bake Off: The Professionals stars Domenico Camporeale and Alessandra Labarile's afternoon tea (Image: PH)
Fellow finalist Labarile stressed the need to stay “focused” and “keep quiet” when the bakers were putting together their creations for the judges.
She said: “Don’t go into the challenge with stress or nervousness. If you do, you don’t do very well.”