A Great British Bake Off contestant has quit her job to join the restaurant industry.
Dorret Conway, 53, from Penwortham, may not have risen to the top in the BBC baking competition as her undercooked bread sculpture became the architect of her downfall.
But Dorret has refused to give up on her dreams and has left her role as a BAE Systems project manager to pursue her goals. And just a week after another series of the Bake Off has ended, Dorret is teaming up with Dantes restaurant, on Preston Road, Chorley to produce a chocolate tart.
She said: “The head chef at Dantes, Phil Jackson, is a big fan of the show.
“I’ve just gone back to the woman’s business network that I set up years ago and they now meet at Dantes.
“Phil and his family are big Bake Off fans, we got talking and it has all gone from there.”
Now I’ve left my job and I’m just going to go for itDorret Conway
Dorret was the third contestant to leave the show. But her exit was accidentally revealed by judge Mary Berry on Chris Evans’ radio show 12 hours before the programme was broadcast. Dorret said: “I was a bit miffed. People watch the show for the suspense. Nobody wants a spoiler! It was a bit upsetting for the fans.”
Dorret will also be teaming up with Preston-based Tapas restaurant Duk-Pond and a number of other eateries.
And she revealed that teaming the Bake Off with a full-time job was a challenge.
She said: “I managed to keep the secret well. When it was being filmed I said nothing to anybody about it so when I had my cake collapse in the first episode no-one was expecting it. The thing that was difficult for me was working to a time limit. I had to drive three hours to get to the location, I’d get home at midnight and then I’d have to go to work. It was very tiring.
“But now I’ve left my job and I’m just going to go for it!”