I didn't get an invitation to the second round of the GBBO auditions

Such is life - doesn't mean I am giving up baking - though I might find it hard to watch the series when it airs!

Yes, I have entered!

What began as a whim in the run up to Christmas has started to get serious.

I am not yet there - but I have at least had an audition (which is something most applicants didn't get.)

Apparently more than 1500 people applied, 120 will have been invited to the first auditions.  For this stage, everyone had to take along a sweet and a savoury baked item to be tasted by the judges.  On the day in question, it was none other than Mary Berry herself doing the tasting!  I will post details of my dishes shortly.

Now that I am taking my cookery more seriously, I have decided to join the world of the food-bloggers.  My focus is going to be on a mixture of recipes and reviews of food books.  At the moment, baking is my current passion (the reason for which I will explain in another post) but I enjoy a wide range of kitchen activities.

I can't promise to post every day - but I will try to keep things moving on at least a weekly basis.

And why Manbakes?  Because I am a man who bakes - simple as that.

I am not someone who cares about creating beautiful plates of food - I want people to be blown away by how things taste not how they look.  Flavour and texture are much more important to me.

Hopefully through this blog, I can track my progress in the world of food and share some of the highs and lows of the experience along the way.