ON paper it doesn't sound like a hit TV show. Thirteen amateur bakers going head-to-head each week to compete for a place to stay in the competition.
Their efforts are judged by the Dark Lord of Baked Goods, Paul Hollywood, and everyone's favourite cook Mary Berry.
But BBC2's Great British Bake-Off regularly attracts audiences of around five million and is now in its fourth series.
Each year thousands of would-be bakers apply to take part in the show and Exeter English teacher Glenn Cosby was lucky enough to win a place.
For the past six weeks every Tuesday night we have shared his highs and lows as he tried to win over the judges with his baking skills and over-sized treats. And the 37-year-old, who lives in St Thomas, says it has been a fantastic experience.
Glenn, Teignmouth Community School's head of sixth form, was tight-lipped about how far he gets in the TV series – which is now more than half-way through – but said he loved every minute of it.
"Being on the show was a complete blast — it was really hard juggling school and filming, but it was great fun and both the school and the students were really encouraging and supportive," he said.
"I was, and still am, an enormous fan of the Bake-Off. It's my favourite show on TV and fortunately being in it hasn't ruined it for me.
"I am really enjoying watching each episode and seeing what the other bakers were going through when I was worrying about my own soggy bottom or whatever."
And he is not the only one who has been enjoying the high drama of the new series.
"The students are incredibly proud and excited. I can't walk from one classroom or meeting to the next without someone telling me they agree cakes can't be too big," he laughs.
"The students regularly ask for cake and tell me if they think the judging was too harsh. They are very biased.
"But it is not just at the school, lots of other people have been very encouraging and supportive. It has been lovely."
Glenn said he was given tips and help by Mary Berry, and that she is as lovely in person as she appears on the show.
"All the bakers are really keen not to disappoint Mary," he says. "And when she gave us praise we were as happy as kids on Christmas morning."
And is Paul really as fierce as he sometimes appears on the show?
"Paul is very professional and very good at what he does. He wants to see amateur bakers baking to the standard of the professionals," said Glenn.
"He is very precise in what he wants. And if you get it wrong he tells you. And you have to hold your hands up and say it is a fair cop. But he is also very constructive and helpful."
Each week the viewers see the bakers put through a series of tasks – putting their own twist on a baked classic and the show-stopper challenge, which they get to practice at home ahead of the show, and a technical challenge which is only revealed on the day – and everything is against the clock.
"That is what creates the drama of the show," said Glenn. "It is all about the timing. Trying to produce a top quality bake in a controlled environment with the clock ticking. It is very stressful for the bakers, but makes great viewing."
And he believes the programme is so successful because of the contestants.
"The show works because it is about the bakers. People with a shared interest and love of cooking," he said.
"When I watched it I always thought they were a nice group of people. Not in competition with each other – but themselves. All striving to be the best that they can be.
"And that is what it is like on the show. We all got on really well and I know I have made some friends for life.
"We were all really supportive of each other and genuinely upset when something went wrong for one of the other contestants. It was really sad when someone had to leave each week."
Glenn has been baking since he was a youngster.
"My nans taught me from an early age," he said.
"My mum was a great cook but both my nans were bakers. One was very good at bread and the other made the most delicious pastries and cakes.
"Through them I always enjoyed baking but I didn't do it as much in my 20s and 30s because I was busy getting on with life. But watching the first series of the Bake-Off got me inspired again.
"With the encouragement of my husband Rob I was one of the 17,000 who applied to get on the show last year – and still cannot believe I got through. It is a long process with lots of tests. But really worth it.
"Being part of the show was incredibly hard work. Each week you had to spend time devising recipes and practising them at home, as well as the days filming in the marquee.
"Doing that as well has having a full time and demanding job was tough at times. But I wouldn't have changed it. It was a fantastic experience."
All the baking and tasting saw Glenn's weight rise, something that has changed dramatically since the series ended.
"On the show I was at my biggest," he said. "Since then I have lost three and a half stone."
So does that mean he no longer makes the delicious cakes and biscuits he produced in the competition?
"Of course not," he laughs. "If I want something cakey, bakey or biscuity I make sure it is made with the best ingredients and then I share it with friends. That way I make sure I only eat a sensible amount."
And despite re-discovering his love of baking he has no ambitions to open a little cake shop somewhere.
"I love my job at the school," he said. "Baking will continue to be what it always has been – something to do for fun and to share with friends."
The Great British Bake-Off is on BBC2 every Tuesday at 8pm.