'It's a dream come true' Great Canadian Baking Show judge Rochelle Adonis reveals the secret to her success

'You don't have to bake to feed a family,' says The Great Canadian Baking Show judge Rochelle Adonis. "You simply do it for love"

And if this doesn't perfectly sum up one of Foxtel's most successful new breakout shows during isolation, we don't know what does! 

The show which is similar to our very own Great Australian Bake Off gives amateur bakers the chance to show off their skills under the watchful eyes of the judges - and Aussie Rochelle is one of those experts.

Judges: Bruno Feldeisen, Rochelle Adonis, Daniel Levy, Julia Chan

Judges on Great Canadian Baking Show sitting round a table

A world-renowned pastry chef who has worked at Matt Moran's restaurant Aria among many others, Rochelle was born and raised in Canada before heading to live in Australia.

When the Great Canadian Baking Show was looking to cast someone with her expertise they came to her, out of the blue.

"It was a dream come true," she says. "They approached me, I said yes and then within three weeks I had started work on the show. I loved every second."

Now back home in Australia, Rochelle is still passionate about the time she spent on the show because it was such a rollercoaster experience. 

"I was shocked at the friendships, the tears and the laughter we all went through," she says.

"The contestants, and us, were all there for the love of baking. It's just like comfort for us and I think this is why this show is so hugely successful right now. Everyone can relate to wanting to find comfort as we go through isolation."

"Even if I didn't have the career I have, I would still bake because I love it. A croquembouche is one of my favourite things to make."

But is there anything that Rochelle finds difficult to get right in the kitchen?

"Oh yes," she laughs. "I'm pretty lousy at macarons! But that's the joy of baking. You can always improve and in the show you watch the bakers really push themselves and it's just amazing."

Infact Rochelle was so impressed by some of the baking on the show, she admits that she was surprised by some of their techniques. 

"Even if you're not a master baker this show proves that you can always teach yourself new tricks," she says.

"Marbling, glazing - you can Google these things and find brilliant tutorials on YouTube and improve what you do. It really gave me a whole new love for our craft."

The Great Australian Baking Show: Stream or watch, Tuesdays at 8.30pm on LifeStyle Food

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