Stars we'd like to see on The Great Kiwi Bake Off

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Thursday, 5 July 2018, 10:07PM
David Farrier presents Samantha Hayes with her cat in cake form
David Farrier presents Samantha Hayes with her cat in cake form

Just when we thought we couldn't be more excited about the upcoming Great Kiwi Bake Off, we learned this week that the very funny and whipsmart duo of Madeleine Sami and Hayley Sproull were going to be co-hosting this sweet TV treat.

So, while we wait for the show to air later this year, we're having a think about our dream lineup of famous Great Kiwi Bake Off contestants, should TVNZ ever want to film a celebrity version.

Which stars do we think could cut it in that famous Bake Off tent?

Josh Thomson

Actor and comedian Josh Thomson would most definitely be the competition wildcard, given his apparent predilection for random flavour combinations in the kitchen.

He was recently allowed to create his own ice-cream at the Tip Top factory as part of a story for The Project – and he decided Banana, Feijoa and ... Bitters was best?

It still sounds more appetising than the breakfast he tried to invent once – porridge with bacon jam, peanut butter and cheese. *Vomit*.

Just imagine Great Kiwi Bake Off judges Dean Brettschneider and Sue Fleischl trying to make heads or tails of one of Thomson's baking creations.


Bacon, peanut and cheese porridge smelling very pungent.

A post shared by Josh Thomson (@joshthomsonz) on Sep 12, 2016 at 3:10pm PDT


Hilary Barry

If any Kiwi star deserves to be on The Great Kiwi Bake Off, it's Seven Sharp presenter Hilary Barry.

She loves a bit of baking and told the creators of celebrity cookbook, Cooking For Change, her hummingbird cake is "family famous".

Although judging by this banana bread Barry made earlier in the year, she might need to work on her food presentation skills.



David Farrier

Journalist and documentary maker David Farrier needs a spot in the Great Kiwi Bake Off lineup based purely on this cake he made for one of his best friends, newsreader Samantha Hayes.

The man recreated her cat in cake form.

As Farrier says himself, it's the crowning achievement of his entire life thus far.


A post shared by David Farrier (@davidfarrier) on Jun 10, 2018 at 11:32pm PDT


Naz Khanjani

Former Bachelorette Naz Khanjani was no doubt hoping to reset the public's opinion of her during her time on Dancing With The Stars this year, but unfortunately she barely got the chance to do so, after (very unfairly) becoming the second celebrity eliminated from the dancefloor.

So perhaps Khanjani could kickstart her image overhaul once again by taking a stab at The Great Kiwi Bake Off – she already enjoys posing in a kitchen.

Although judging by the many protein powder concoctions she's shared on her Instagram page, she might want to broaden her cooking repertoire first...



Colin Mathura-Jeffree

Model and TV presenter Colin Mathura-Jeffree would also probably need to broaden his cooking repertoire to be a contestant on The Great Kiwi Bake Off, but really, we love his simple kitchen creations just as they are.

For example, his Instagram profile lists his ideal meal as being "a salad ... made of cucumber and gin".

And his signature Christmas dish is trifle, as "it is the only thing my family trusts me to make because it's basically a cocktail with custard".

But his recipe for avocado for breakfast below truly is a classic.

Combine this kind of talent with the fact Mathura-Jeffree once hosted that other Kiwi baking show, New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker, and he would be a force to be reckoned with in the Bake Off tent.



Sacha McNeil

Finally, we do believe if Newshub's Sacha McNeil ever decided to give up her newsreading duties for a while to compete on the Great Kiwi Bake Off, she would wipe the floor with the competition.

McNeil's Instagram feed is full of her fabulous baking creations – perfect sourdough, cupcakes, biscuits, plum teacake, ginger crunch ... oh, and this fairy cake she just casually whipped up last weekend. As you do.


A post shared by Sacha McNeil (@sachamcneil) on Jun 30, 2018 at 11:39pm PDT