Meet The Bakers

Sean McGarry

Sean McGarry

Hometown: Wellington
Occupation: Design & Advertising Agency Partner, Creative Director and father of two
Age: 44

Sean lives in Wellington with his two kids Liam and Grace and wife Ngaree. He loves going to the gym and running with his greyhound Basil. Someone once described him as the Martha Stewart of Maungaraki (which disturbs him just a wee bit) and he’s determined to be the first male Hottest Home Baker winner.

His great grandmother and grandmother have handed down their cookbooks which he says are “a treasure trove of yumminess”. He reckons that his steadily growing cook book collection weighs about 40kgs and rates ‘Pie’ by Dean Brettschneider as one of his familys all-time favourites.

He’s been baking for about 12 years and often tries new recipes to extend his repertoire. His secret is that if anything goes wrong then you can always cover it in chocolate - ‘”ganache it” so that nobody will notice. Hopefully.

What inspired you to audition for CNZHHB?

My friends, my competitive nature, my passion for baking and for the fun and experience!

What is your signature baking dish?
Since I have to choose…Lemon Curd Cheesecake.

What baked good would best describe your personality (and why!)?
Caramel slice because it has it has strong, punchy choc extension, gooey complex centre and it totally rocks, yum yum!

What is your ‘can’t-live-without’ baking tool in the kitchen?
My trusty wooden spoon which is “O” for orsome.

Finish this sentence: I am Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker because……
Of my passion for baking amazing dishes, fantastic personality, will to win and most importantly because it’s time a bloke won.

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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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