A SOUTH Devon school teacher has swapped the classroom for the kitchen as a contestant on the latest series of the Great British Bake Off.
Glenn Cosby (pictured), 37, Teignmouth Community School’s head of sixth form, has already survived three weeks on the show.
Glenn, who teaches English, is battling in the ‘bake off’, which tests every aspect of a contestant’s baking skills as they compete to be crowned the Great British Bake Off’s Best Amateur Baker.
Glenn was tight-lipped about how far he got on the TV series, but said he loved the experience.
“Being on the show was a complete blast — it was really hard juggling school and filming, but it was great fun and both the school and the students were really encouraging and supportive,” he said.
“I was, and still am, an enormous fan of the Bake Off. It’s my favourite show on TV and fortunately being in it hasn’t ruined it for me.
“I am still really enjoying each episode and really enjoying seeing what the other bakers were going through when I was worrying about my own soggy bottom or whatever.
“The students are incredibly proud and excited. I can’t walk from one classroom or meeting to the next without someone telling me they agree cakes can’t be too big.
“The students regularly ask for cake and tell me if they think the judging was too harsh. They are very biased.”
Glenn said he was given tips and help by famous baker Mary Berry. Mary is as lovely in person as she appears on the show,” he said.
“She often gives you encouragement or a subtle hint during the tasks and her feedback is incredibly kind and constructive during judging.
“All the bakers are really keen not to disappoint Mary and when she is full of praise we were as happy as kids on Christmas morning.”