Selasi talks Bake Off, bikes and the Cha Cha Cha

The laid back former Great British Bake Off contestant reveals all

Selasi talks Bake Off, bikes and the Cha Cha Cha

For some, producing showstopping bakes week after week for two highly-esteemed judges, under timed conditions, while a television crew film their every move can lead to a catastrophic meltdown. But for others, like the beacon of chill and GBBO semi-finalist, Selasi Gbormittah, they just 'bake another cake and eat it'. 

"I never really panic," the laidback banker told us. "I don’t know whether it sounds arrogant but I’ve never really panicked in life, which is probably my downfall."

Since leaving the tent, the bike-enthusiast hasn't packed up his wooden spoon and scales. At the beginning of October the 31-year-old joined up with food delivery service, Deliveroo, to launch his first pop-up shop, Selasi's Bakes. For one day only, cake enthusiasts could buy four different handmade ombré cupcakes including chocolate orange and raspberry vanilla. "It was amazing," Selasi told us. "They sold out and I had people asking me to do another one. I will do some more in the near future. This was more like a teaser thing."

Next up, the baking sensation will be taking to the stage at The Cake and Bake Show in Manchester from November 9-12 where he'll be charming the crowd with his demos. "Every demo I’ve done since Bake Off has been a mix of cooking and baking," he told us. "It’s just nice because I guess not everyone likes cakes, so I mix it up and I include some savoury stuff. At the show there will definitely be some cakes and baking with an autumn/winter theme."

Ahead of his demo in Manchester, the king of calm talked to us about Bake Off, Jollof rice and his beloved bike, aka, Optimus Prime. 

What's your favourite cuisine or dish? 

Oh that’s a hard question. I’d go with Jollof rice, which is a Ghanaian dish and you have things like meat or chicken in there – it’s basically like stewed rice. I do love food and I do eat anything and everything so it would be hard for me to pick just one. 

Have you always wanted to be a baker? 

I wanted to be a chef more than a baker growing up. When I went to uni I picked up baking and now people know me more as a baker than a chef. When brands come to me or I do demos they give me free range to try different things, which is great.

Who is your favourite chef and have you met them?

Raymond Blanc. He's a cool guy. And Jamie Oliver. I missed the opportunity to meet him at The Big Feastival because I was busy demoing. I seriously haven’t met anyone in the food world yet since Bake Off which sucks! Guys like Jamie Oliver, they're not too fancy and they cook with ease and a bit of flair. I love simple stuff. I don’t like things which are too complicated. Just chuck it all in, eat it and go to bed! is open! With the @vitacocouk team @thebigfeastival @klosesoan #feastival #vitacoco #coconuttree #letsEat

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How can you be so chilled all the time?

It’s a Ghanaian thing; we’re naturally laid back. I think it’s a good thing because when you’re in a stressful situation you make better decisions. When you're running around like a headless chicken you start knocking things over, messing things up and making the wrong choices.

What do you think of this year's Bake Off?

I think it’s really really good. They are doing a lot more technical stuff and all the bakers are very skilled at what they do. It’s definitely gone up a notch from the previous seven series, which is interesting.

Who is your favourite contestant?

I’m going to be diplomatic, they’re all good. I liked Liam - he’s cool. The thing about Bake Off is you’re only as good as your performance on the day, which is a shame because a lot of these guys are talented. You can't really have favourites, because you get attached to a character and then boom, they’re gone. It's like Game of Thrones. You get to know them and then you’re just like ‘uh oh’ he’s gone, she’s gone. 

Who do you think is going to win? 

I’m not too sure. I think Steven because he has been quite consistent. He looks very, very good. But saying that, never underestimate females because, girl power and all.

You tweeted recently about Strictly Come Dancing. Would you ever go on the show?

I am a fan because I’ve got two left feet. I like to watch to see if I can do any of those moves. I’m not too sure if I'd go on it. That depends if I would have the confidence to do the cha cha cha. I wouldn’t mind the salsa actually. If I was to do it I would probably be better at the energetic dances because you can mess up a bit and not worry too much...

Why do you love bikes so much? And how did it feel to be reunited with your stolen bike?

My family in Switzerland are big bikers. I got into it because of them. I’m not going to cry over cake but I kind of wanted to cry over a stolen bike. I really love it. I’d only had it for six months and it just went. I was like nooooo. I also name my bikes as well so I have quite an attachment to them.

I had a Ducati which was red so I named it Ginger and then there was Django, because I love that movie and then the new one is called Optimus Prime, because I love Transformers and it kind of looks like Optimus Prime.

See Selasi, along with a host of other TV personalities, at The Cake & Bake Show, 9 -12 November 2017 at EventCity in Manchester.