From a panto producer looking to put on a show to a music teacher hoping to hit all the right notes, this year’s The Great British Bake Off contestants have been unveiled.
The series was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic but producers have promised fans the show will look the same as it usually does.
However, there will be at least one change. Comedian Matt Lucas replaces Sandi Toksvig as the programme’s co-host alongside Noel Fielding.
Dave came to baking relatively late in life – only becoming an expert in the kitchen after leaving home.
Now living with his girlfriend, his baking style is described as “innovative and imaginative” while his strengths lie in bread – including pretzels, brioche rolls, and baguettes – as well as decoration.
When he’s not baking, Dave can be found pursuing his other passions – cars, DIY, and taking his dog and cat for walks.
Hermine’s love of baking stretches back to spending time in the kitchen with her mother during her childhood in Benin, West Africa.
The French influence in Benin is evident in Hermine’s baking – she has a love of high-end patisserie and enjoys making intricate millefeuille, eclairs and entremets
Baker Laura will star in the latest series of The Great British Bake Off (C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)
Laura started baking at the age of eight but it was only a few years ago she realised she had a flair for it.
She specialises in decoration and is proud to have mastered the art of piped buttercream flowers.
Laura also loves citrus and strong flavours and is said to enjoy putting a modern twist on old classics.
Retiree Linda will put her culinary skills to the test in the latest series of The Great British Bake Off (C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)
Linda’s love of baking was sparked during childhood trips to her aunt’s dairy farm, where she was taught to make cakes topped with creamy icing.
She still buys homegrown produce from another aunt’s fruit farm and uses it in her baking.
Loriea was born and raised in Jamaica and loves celebrating her Caribbean heritage (C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)
Born and raised in Jamaica, Loriea uses baking as a means to celebrate her Caribbean roots.
Loriea loves to include coconut, chillies and cinnamon in her food – and rarely follows a recipe exactly.
Panto producer Lottie will put her baking skills on show in the latest Bake Off (C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)
Her Lancastrian great-grandmother was a fervent baker and Lottie has been watching cookery shows since she was a child.
Makbul is a self-taught baker who first started cooking at home as a means to help support his mother.
He honed his skills through watching TV shows and reading books, as well as drawing inspiration from famous chefs.
Marc is among the stars of this year’s The Great British Bake Off (C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)
Marc took up baking bread as a form of therapy after losing his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2016.
From there, he began making cakes and pastries, from palmiers and chausson aux pommes to opera cakes and millefeuille.
Mark will put his skills in the kitchen to the test when taking part in The Great British Bake Off (C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)
Mark said he fell in love with baking at a pie shop in Edinburgh, visiting every day while at university for the shop’s Mac ’n’ Cheese pie.
He then started experimenting with making his own baked goods – including a lemon drizzle cake and multi-tiered wedding cakes.
His style is influenced by his Irish heritage, but also by the flavours of Africa and Asia, where he travels regularly for work.
Peter has been baking since he was a child and will be hoping his experience counts when it matters (C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)
Peter grew up on his mother’s home cooking and was inspired to start baking himself by Bake Off.
Peter said he loves to honour his homeland in his cooking, using Scottish ingredients – including berries, whisky, oats and honey – whenever he can.
Music teacher Rowan will be hoping to hit all the right notes in the kitchen (C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)
Rowan also enjoys decorating his bakes with flowers, preferably edible ones, using what is in bloom in his garden.
Sura will show off her many influences when taking part in the show (C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)
Sura has many Middle Eastern and Asian influences in her heritage and says she enjoys experimenting with ingredients and flavours from around the world.
Sura said she enjoys working with fragrant and floral flavours such as cardamom, rose and orange blossom.
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