Freshers’ week focus for Bake-off’s rising star Flora

Great British Bake Off contestant Flora Shedden is now a student at the University of St Andrews.
Great British Bake Off contestant Flora Shedden is now a student at the University of St Andrews.

Her baking may have gone a bit pear-shaped last week but the youngest contestant on hit TV show the Great British Bake-Off currently has other things on her mind - freshers’ week at the University of St Andrews to be more exact.

While filming on the series is complete, the outcome is a closely-guarded secret and 19-year-old Flora Shedden’s lips will be sealed when it comes to discussing the programme with her fellow History of Art students at St Andrews.

The show’s nine million viewers have seen Flora’s success rise like a perfectly baked souffle and even when a few ill-judged bakes have left judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry unimpressed, it has not been enough to stop her on Wednesday night making it through to next week’s Week Seven programme.

However, the teenager from Dunkeld has had her fair share of attention with the programme, not all of it good.

Comment on social media described her as a middle-class parody, criticising her for having an Aga, travelling in Italy and even on the number of cookbooks she said she had.

It is unlikely Flora will be surviving on the normal student fair of baked beans on toast but it remains to be seen whether she signs up for some of St Andrews’ culinary student societies, such as Fine Food and Dining, Fine Chocolate, Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Appreciation or even the Baking Society.