Chetna Makan, semi-finalist on The Great British Bake Off 2014, came to Waterstones St Albans last week to talk about her new book The Cardamom Trail. Our food columnist Becky Alexander hosted a Q&A with Chetna, and asked her about her time on the Bake Off, including what she thought would happen during it’s move to Channel 4. Chetna told the audience that she still meets up with all the contestants from her year, and they have a Christmas get-together with their families planned for this week. Chetna has a background in fashion and was very involved in the look of the book and attended the food photography, providing fabric for the backgrounds. The book has many lovely cake recipes, many with spice, which is what Chetna was known for on the Bake Off, such as lime and black sesame cake. There are also savoury and preserve recipes, based on Chetna’s family recipes.
Waterstones hosted a bake off competition and Chetna and Becky were very impressed by the cakes. The winners were Claire Thrift and Alison Feeney. All guests were given a little bag of cardamom pods to take home, hopefully inspired by their evening with Chetna to try something new in their own baking.
The Cardamom Trail, published by Mitchell Beazley.