Meet The Bakers

Gemma Elizabeth Boucher

Gemma Elizabeth Boucher

Occupation: Secondary School Teacher
Age: 26

Gemma is an ex-cheerleader for The Warriors and currently teaches dance at KingsWay School. She’s newly married, but Gemma and her husband didn’t get to go on a honeymoon so she’s hoping Singapore will be it!

She’s extremely bubbly, likes to bring joy to other people and loves to dance – especially while she’s baking. Gemma loves to see the look on people’s faces when they eat her baking. She loves the joy that it can bring. Gemma used to have a “cake day” with her drama class every fortnight because she describes dance and drama like making a cake.

Her specialty is cupcakes. She loves them so much and calls them a “little pieces of joy”.

What inspired you to audition for CNZHHB?
My family were my inspiration

What is your signature baking dish?
Pavalova/cupcakes are my two dishes I love.

What baked good would best describe your personality (and why!)?
Cupcake because they are so colourful and make people smile.

What is your ‘can’t-live-without’ baking tool in the kitchen?

My amazing spatula.

Finish this sentence: I am Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker because……
I have a passion and joy for baking.

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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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