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Whitstable's Champs to compete for Britain's best bakery

By Scarlet  |  Posted: June 14, 2013

GEOFF: Will he be crowned baking champ?

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CAMERAS are set to roll at a Whitstable bakery on Monday (June 17) to capture the culinary secrets of the town's answer to Paul Hollywood.

Geoff Champs of Champs Bakery has made it through a screen test for ITV show Britain's Best Bakery and will be competing in the second series of the show.

A camera crew will follow Geoff around on Monday to film a typical day at the Oxford Street bakery before he goes head to head against other bakers in front of judges next month.

Geoff, 48, said he was not feeling nervous about the competition yet though.

He said: "On Monday cameras will come along and film the whole day and then edit it down after.

"They want to see our artisan breads, the olive and roast pepper breads and rosemary and garlic twists.

"My father will be coming up for the filming too."

Geoff learnt his trade from the age of 12, helping out in his father's Birchington bakery, before opening up the bakery in Whitstable in 1988.

"My father will be coming up for the filming too," Geoff said.

"Then in July I'll be in the studios, and they will tell us what we have to make and we'll interpret it our way."

In Britain's Best Bakery the shortlisted bakeries compete in a series of baking challenges that put their skills to the test, from Chelsea buns to Welsh cinnamon cakes; sage and apple pork pies to creme brûlée cupcakes.

Across six weeks, the daily episodes of Britain's Best Bakery will also reveal the stories of the bakeries and the people who create and bake there.

For a taster of what Geoff can expect from Britain's Best Bakery, here's a clip from the last series:

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