The nation’s favourite tent-based show is back just in time to lift our spirits as we say goodbye to summer. Tuning in this Tuesday to drool over marvellous makes and mishaps? Here’s what you need to know…
Well, not Bake Off, that’s for sure. Can you believe it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary? Back for its third outing on Channel 4, we can look forward to the same judges (Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood) and more of those witty one-liners from the peculiar but perfect pairing of presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.
But instead of the usual 12 starting bakers, this year there are 13 – a baker’s dozen (see what they did there?). There’s also a whole lotta buzz about this being the youngest ever line up with more than half of this year’s participants in their 20s and the oldest contestant a youthful 56.
So who’s in the mix?
Alice. This 28-year-old geography teacher from Essex has been known to use her baked creations to bring lessons to life (think volcanic cake) – we can’t wait to see her first show stopper!
Amelia. She’s 24, from Yorkshire and a sportswear fashion designer. We’re intrigued to see her highly decorated cakes after mention of a snow leopard themed creation.
Dan. Inspired by his mum, this 32-year-old support worker from Rotherham upped his baking game at 21 to impress another lady in his life – his then-girlfriend, now wife.
David. 36, London-based and an international health adviser, David inherited his baking skills from his mum, and can now steam cook a cake on an open fire – wow.
Helena. Born in North Africa and raised in Lanzarote, this 40-year-old Leeds-based online project manager turned her hand to baking while living in Las Vegas, as you do.
Jamie. An identical twin, this 20-year-old part-time waiter from Surrey is an adventurous baker who doesn’t shy away from the tricky stuff – one to watch in the technical challenge then.
Michael. He’s 26, based in Stratford-upon-Avon and works as a theatre manager/fitness instructor. Newcastle born and Scottish bred, he draws on his Indian heritage for fabulous flavours.
Michelle. This 35-year old print shop administrator is a self-taught baker who lives in beautiful
Tenby, Wales and loves baking up fresh bread and sweet treats.
Phil. Essex-based and 56, Phil is an HGV driver and a motorbike fanatic. He gets revved up about focaccia and brioche – does he have his sights set on bread week?
Priya. A 34-year-old marketing consultant from Leicester, she went ‘baking bonkers’ after
receiving a mixer as a gift and has recently experimented with vegan baking – wise tactics.
Rosie. This Somerset-based 28-year-old vet started baking at the tender age of five. She bakes to unwind but how relaxing will she find the Bake Off tent under Paul’s steely gaze?
Henry. A 20-year-old Durham University student, Henry caught the baking bug after seeing the actual Bake Off tent pitched up in his local park – could it be a sign?
Catch all these Hollywood handshake hopefuls on Tuesday 27th August at 8pm when series 10 will arise (ahem) on Channel 4.