The pinnies, wooden spoons and baking dishes have officially been put away for the year on TV 3’s Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker and in the action-packed finale last night, Emily Taylor was officially crowned the winner….
Double win for newly crowned Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker
Emily remained cool, calm and collected
The pinnies, wooden spoons and baking dishes have officially been put away for the year on TV 3’s Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker and in the action-packed finale last night, Emily Taylor was officially crowned the winner.
Chelsea was so impressed with Emily’s attention to detail when baking as well as her supreme technical skills over the eight-week competition, that she has been selected to be one of three special Chelsea Ambassadors.
Emily, a 30-year-old nurse at Christchurch Hospital, remained cool, calm and collected under the intense baking pressure of the nail-biting five hour final, where the two remaining contestants had to bake a minimum of ten items to present to the judges!
After growing up on a high country sheep station in Arthur’s Pass, Emily vividly remembers days as a wee tot following her Mum around the kitchen, watching her fondly cook and bake for all the local shearers.
Emily now lives with her husband, James, her three-year-old son and four-year-old daughter, on a 12-acre piece of land near Rolleston, Christchurch. Being a mother-of-two, Emily says her most memorable baking moments are when she bakes and decorates homemade biscuits with her kids.
Emily has always been a fan of Chelsea Sugar and loves how its products don’t go lumpy when baking. Her favourite Chelsea Sugar products are Jam-Setting Sugar and Dark Cane Sugar, the latter being one of her supermarket staples.
“I am over the moon that Chelsea has selected me to be an ambassador. I have so much respect for the brand which has helped me create so many special baking moments over the years”, Emily says.
Joining Emily as a new Chelsea Ambassador is Julia Crownshaw who made up the second half of the judging panel on Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker.
Julia, who has an honours degree in food science, is a technically proficient baker with a deep understanding of sugars and their various uses.
She is co-founder and director of award-winning Dollop Puddings, a range of traditionally baked desserts and treats. Julia has designed and created the range using all of her foodie knowledge, and they are now sold in delis and selected supermarkets around New Zealand and Australia.
And finally, the third Chelsea Ambassador to emerge from Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker is Alice Arndell, mum-of-one from Martinborough – who came third in the competition.
Chelsea was a fan of Alice’s decadent style of baking and admired her ability to experiment with new flavours and take risks, whilst always producing something beautifully decorated and exquisite.
Alice says she has always used Chelsea Sugar in her baking because it is “high quality, reliable and has no fillers.”
Alice uses Chelsea’s Dark Cane Sugar in her signature dish, Cherry Ripe Chocolate Cake, and loves Chelsea’s Jam-Setting Sugar because of its ease of use. Her favourite is Chelsea’s Icing Sugar because “there are never any lumps!”
Monique Farrell, Chelsea Marketing Manager, is thrilled to discover so much talent from the show and is very happy to have Emily, Alice and Julia all on-board to endorse and act on behalf of Chelsea Sugar.
“We were very impressed with all of the contestants on the show this year, it made our job selecting three ambassadors rather difficult! Chelsea has been supporting and celebrating New Zealand home bakers over the generations so we were absolutely thrilled to have found so much talent through the show, particularly, our new Chelsea Ambassadors” she says.
“We are really looking forward to working with all of them and are excited about having them play a sweet role with Chelsea” Farrell concludes.
Watch out for the Chelsea print ads and online videos on www.chelsea.co.nz featuring the new ambassadors in action over the upcoming months!
The finale of Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker can be viewed on demand on TV3’s website http://ondemand.tv3.co.nz/.