Meet The Bakers

Alex Thomson

     
Alex Thomson

Hometown: Christchurch – Residing in Auckland
Occupation: Administrator at Telecom
Age: 25


Alex grew up in Christchurch and lived there until her mother passed away in the Christchurch earthquake, in the CTV building. Alex moved to Auckland 6 weeks later with her fiancé Richie, who she describes as her ‘”rock” and “biggest fan”. They married in March this year.

She learnt how to bake from her Mum, and so Alex wants to bake her heart out in memory of her mother. She uses her family recipes and finds baking therapeutic when things are tough. She wants to show that something good and positive can come out of something so bad and horrible.

Alex describes herself as kind, quiet, conscientious, generous and traditional. But she is in it to win it. “Life is far too short. It’s too short to sit on the side line and far too short to think about ‘if only’. I see this as my chance, my opportunity to pit my talents against the very best”.

What inspired you to audition for CNZHHB?
After some pushing form friends and colleagues I decide to do it for mum!

What is your signature baking dish?
My signature dish is lemon cake. I love everything about it from the baking to the eating which brings back awesome family memories.

What baked good would best describe your personality (and why!)?
Rice bubble cake because I’m bright and bubbly.

What is your ‘can’t-live-without’ baking tool in the kitchen?
I cannot live without my cake mixer. One time when I was baking it broke halfway though an I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Finish this sentence: I am Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker because……
I have the drive to succeed as well as the ability to create some amazing products.

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Host & Judges

Colin Mathura-Jeffree

Colin Mathura-Jeffree

Colin Mathura-Jeffree is a model, actor, host, performer and general man-about-town. He is best known as the wild-haired, lamington-throwing judge on New Zealand’s Next Top Model and has consistently created a stir in the Home Baker kitchen for the last four series.

Dean Brettschneider

Dean Brettschneider

Dean Brettschneider is a professional baker and bakery entrepreneur. After completing his apprenticeship in New Zealand, he worked in the US, Britain, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, gaining experience in all areas of the baking world.

Julia Crownshaw

Julia Crownshaw

Julia is the founder of award winning dessert business, Dollop Puddings, a company founded on the art of baking. She began the business just three years ago with a friend, on her return from Europe.

 

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