On your marks, get set… bake! Hot off the press this week is the news that Halewood’s very own Lizzie Acker will be appearing on the twelfth series of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO), which starts on Channel 4, on Tuesday 21 September, at 8pm.
Lizzie, who has a criminology degree and a love of all things Disney, joined the Paint Shop in 2016 and has a beloved pet pooch called Prudence, a Beddington Terrier- which even has its own Instagram account!
She first wowed Halewood’s cake connoisseurs as part of a charity baking competition at the plant in 2018 with a fabulous four-tiered masterpiece which secured her the Halewood baking crown.
Each layer of her clever cake represented a country where there is a Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing plant. She used walnut and coffee flavours for Slovakia, a classic English Victoria Sponge, a chiffon cake (her favourite Chinese cake) and finally a strawberry and raspberry vegan cake, which at the time, Lizzie said represented the fresh flavours and positive sustainable outlook on life in Brazil.
Now she will be temporarily swapping Halewood for (Paul) Hollywood as she looks to impress the show judges every week with her beautiful bakes.
Asked what we can expect from Lizzie, Ged Thurston, Lizzie’s teammate and a Production Manager in Paint Shop, said: “When it comes to Lizzie- you can expect anything and everything!
“She has a unique and quirky style and is always bringing in her brilliant baking masterpieces for us to try. She is a true baker at heart and believes there is dish to solve every issue so we are confident she will produce cake creations worthy of a Paul Hollywood handshake!”
Ged added: “Lizzie has the recipe for success and the whole Paint Shop team and Halewood are behind her and can’t wait to see her on the big screen- we think she has the potential to go all the way to the final!”
We will be launching a new regular column in next week’s Team Talk called “Bake off Banter”, where teammates and colleagues from across Halewood will be reviewing Lizzie’s performance from the previous week’s episode and leaving her good luck messages- so stay tuned!
Good luck Lizzie and you can keep up to date with Lizzie's progress by following her on her social media accounts below: