We’re headed into the semi-finals of this year’s Great British Bake Off, and with only four bakers left in the competition, they had some time to reflect on their experiences in the tent over the past few weeks. And Hermine, 39, revealed that she and co-star Peter made a special connection in the form of a code, something that they continued throughout their time on the show.
In a recent interview, the she detailed their little mantra was a “pick-me-up” for when they got stressed in their kitchen spaces.
“There were 11 other bakers who were going through the same experience,” she said of the Bake Off bubble, constructed under strict health and safety guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We could share our fears, frustrations, joy and sadness. Peter’s practice kitchen was opposite mine and when he shouted, ‘Hermine!’, I’d reply ‘Energy!’
“It was our little pick-me-up code and it was hilarious!” she smiled.
Hermine explained that the pair are still in contact on a daily basis, having made a friendship for life.
She continued to tell Radio Times: “I have made some amazing memories.
“We are still in touch on a daily basis and, where restrictions allowed, I’ve met a few of the others, like Mark, Sura, Rowan and Marc.
“When Covid allows, hopefully we can organise something with us all.”
And it looked like it did pay off as the judges awarded Hermine Star Baker during 80s week for making an ice cream cake that stood the test of time.
But it wasn’t the ice cream that was melting, it was the fans – when Hermine’s son Stephen, ran onto the screen to tell her he was proud of her.
After the moving moment, she posted a sweet sentiment to her 13,000 Instagram followers: “It was so lovely hearing him say he was proud of me.”
Elsewhere, fellow finalist Laura Adlington revealed she received a frantic phone call from her dad, who was worried that she would be upset by the online jokes sparked by her Freddie Mercury showstopper after the contestants were tasked to make a cake based on the hero.
She chose to construct a lemon-and-elderflower treat, depicting the torso of pop-band Queen’s famous frontman in his yellow leather jacket from their famous 1986 Wembley show.