The 42-year-old mum was approached by producers for the show shortly after launching as a food blogger on her Instagram page @myhomecookeduk.
‘As soon as I realised it wasn’t a hoax I applied,’ she laughs. ‘The application process was gruelling and I couldn’t tell anybody about the show, apart from those who simply had to know.’
‘My mum and dad are the most indiscreet people in the world, so I didn’t even tell them. It was my hubby and 10-year-old son who were my biggest support, along with some great friends who helped massively over the two-month filming period in particular.’
Having spent her former life in the corporate world, it was a shift change to be put in front of the cameras.
‘Once I was on the show the pressure was intense; you’re living in a house with people you don’t know, which was strange, but we all got along brilliantly, despite being competitors,’ she chuckles. ‘When I first saw Mary Berry and Claudia Winkleman walk in, it was a wow moment and the other judges, Angela Hartnett and Chris Bevan are both amazing too. I’ve followed Angela’s chef career for a long time, so the enormity of what I was doing was really brought home by her presence.’
Born into a food-obsessed family, Sarah says she was always on the lookout for things to eat as a child and so the passion to learn to cook was natural and results-driven.
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