We’re excited to share a new inspiring interview with the oh so lovely and talented Great British Bake Off (season 7) contestant, Benjamina Ebuehi
We enjoyed Spoon granola, croissants and cups of coffee together, and heard all of Benji’s news since she graced the nation’s TV screens with her old meets new baking recipes. Her blossoming career in food includes, blogging, styling, working with the wonderful social enterprise Luminary Bakery, and her monthly brunch club business, The Sister Table.
1. How old were you when you started baking? Who was your mentor/inspiration?
I started baking when I was about 14 or 15 years old. I always loved just being in the kitchen, watching my mum cook and trying to help out when I could. She never really baked much so I sort of took it upon myself to try and learn the basics. At the time I was inspired by bakers like Lorraine Pascale but as I got older and more experienced, a lot of my inspiration came from other online food bloggers and instagrammers.
2. What advice would you give to someone going on Great British Bake Off?
The best piece of advice I could give would be to be yourself! Be confident in your baking style and what makes you you. It can be really easy to fall into the trap of constantly comparing yourself to other bakers and thinking that everyone else is miles better. But there’s a reason why you were chosen so remember that!
3. In what ways did Great British Bake Off change your life?
Before GBBO, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do after graduation and considered going into teaching. I wasn’t fully aware of the variety of jobs there were within the food industry and so wasn’t sure how to make food and baking a full time thing without working in a restaurant. GBBO gave me the opportunity and platform to dive into the food world and discover jobs like food styling and recipe development which I had never heard of!
4. Tell us about your involvement with the social enterprise Luminary Bakery?
Luminary Bakery is a wonderful social enterprise seeking to empower and support disadvantaged women. As an ambassador, I get to champion and shout about all the incredible work that they do day in and day out! I also get to teach some classes on the course as well as to public.
5. What does being an empowered woman mean to you?
To me, being an empowered woman means knowing that you are valuable - that your opinions and beliefs are valid and significant. It’s knowing that you shouldn’t be silenced.
7. How did the idea for The Sister Table brunch club come about?
My sister and I are big fans of brunch - it really is the best meal of the week! We regularly host all of our girlfriends for dinner and love the energy and atmosphere around the table. We wanted to recreate this on a bigger scale and provide a space where lots of women can come to the table, enjoy good food and be in community.
8. What is your favourite thing to make for breakfast?
My absolute favourite thing to make for breakfast is scrambled eggs on toasted sourdough. So simple but really tasty!
9. Having tried Spoon’s granola, do you have a favourite flavour?
My favourite flavour has to be Cinnamon and Pecan! I’ve always been drawn to the packaging and branding of Spoon. I love the brightness and freshness – minimal, simple but super effective.
Check out Benji’s blog, Carrot & Crumb for baking recipes, tips and foodie adventures