Bake Off star Cherish Finden fires back at claim she's the 'bad cop' of show


Cherish Finden has hit back at claims she is considered the "bad cop" on the programme when critiquing the dishes created by the show contestants.

In a joint interview with her co-star Benoit Blin, the 55-year-old laughed off the idea that she is the stricter judge out of the two.

“No, I think I’m pretty nice on telly. I always have a good laugh. I’m worse in my kitchen,” she replied.

When quizzed if Benoit is the "good cop", he told Radio Times: “It’s just perception.

"Cherish puts on her little round glasses and puts her hair into a bun and suddenly she looks like a headmistress. Then the ruler comes out – you’re back at school! Typically we say the same things, so it’s perception.”

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Cherish is known for her distinct fashion sense and is always accompanied on the programme with her handy ruler.

She is a multi-award winning Executive Pastry Chef from Singapore who joined Bake Off: The Professionals in 2016.

The pastry chef has enjoyed an incredible career, and now works for one of London's top hotels.

She honed her skills working in the best hotels in Singapore, including the famous six star Raffles Hotel and The Sheraton.

The TV star now works at The Langham, London as their Executive Pastry Chef.

Cherish has also starred in a number of television shows and these include Heston’s Great British Food on Channel 4, BBC’s MasterChef, Australian MasterChef, BBC2’s An Extra Slice and Junior Bake Off.

She was asked to design a cake for the Queen’s 90th birthday, and she ended up creating Windsor Castle in cake form for the occasion.

The TV star resides in Kent with her husband and previously opened up about the couple's quiet life.

She told the South China Morning Post, Cherish said: "I adore the tranquillity and outdoor activities there: Sunday picnics, horse riding, hiking, strawberry picking."

Bake Off: The Professionals 2022 airs Tuesday on Channel 4 at 8pm.

You can read the full interview in this week's Radio Times out now.

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