Michelle is a retiree from Melbourne and a contestant in series 3 of The Great Australian Bake Off.
For retiree Michelle, baking is more than a passion; it’s a way of life. The 64-year-old former Special Education teacher hosts a family gathering every weekend, sometimes cooking for up to 25 people. “I’m known for my macarons and I have a whole freezer devoted to them!” laughs Michelle. “My signature one is liquorice and salted caramel butter.”
While a lifelong avid cook, the art of baking came later in life for Michelle. “I actually started baking recently as I needed a focus after retiring,” she explains. When I retired I was helping the board of Choir of Hard Knocks, and one of the team had a first birthday party that had been postponed, and I made an Alice in Wonderland. And it just kind of steamrolled from there. “Grandchildren came along and so I started baking them for their birthdays and then my kids’ 30th parties; and that’s stretched into wedding cakes and friends’ kids baby cakes.” Of course, the major beneficiary of Michelle’s mouth-watering bakes is her husband. “He gets all the off-cuts and loves it!” she says. “We’ve been married for 38 years and together for 40 years.”... Read more.