The artist who makes the food sketches for the ‘Great British Bake Off’ has admitted – he doesn’t like CAKE.
Tom Hovey has a team of four who help to turn the bakers’ creations into works of art on paper.
The illustrator says he got the sweet gig unexpectedly after moving to do freelance work for a television company.
He was then asked to create a “visual element” for a new show – which turned out to be the ‘Great British Bake Off’.
But despite years working on the programme, he says he’s still just not that keen on cake, reports the BBC.
And he says he has only visited the famous tent once – over the 11 series he has worked on.
Tom told the BBC: “Although I am a massive foodie – I love cooking and eating most things – I’m just not that into cakes, desserts, pretty much anything you might see on ‘Bake Off’.
“I tried a bit of baking but didn’t have the patience. I thought ‘I can do that’, bought a load of butter and flour and it took all day!”
Dad-of-three Tom now works from his home in Newport, south Wales.
He landed the job after moving to London with his girlfriend, now his wife, and working in the editing suite of a television company.
He told the BBC: “They asked me to sketch some ideas – representations as if the bakers had sketched in their kitchen notebooks.
“Food illustration wasn’t something I was looking to do. As the series went on they kept on adding shows and ‘Bake Off’ became more of my year.
“It took a good few years for it to become popular – I didn’t watch it for a few years.”
Tom added that he is allowed for some artistic licence – especially if there has been a kitchen disaster.
He said: “The aim is to create what the bakers intended, not what they actually did.”