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Behind the scenes at the Great British Bake Off

Jay Rayner on the set of the much loved show, soon to broadcast its fifth series in a new BBC1 slot

A bright summer’s morning backstage in the Bake Off tent and in one corner a petite, dark-haired woman called Faenia Moore is carefully shelling a boiled egg. The show’s chief home economist is so precise, so focused, it’s obvious this is a vital part of her duties. “This?” she says, looking down at the egg. “This is Paul’s breakfast.” Conspiratorially she leans in and stage whispers: “He’s on a bit of a health kick, staying away from the carbohydrates and all that.”

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