Great British Bake Off is back with a brand new series, ready to take over the nation with exceptional showstoppers and hopefully no more iconic Baked Alaska disasters.
Ahead of the show kicking off later this month, the full contestant line-up has been revealed and this year, there are 13 amateur bakers taking part.
Channel 4 has lined up a diverse array of hopefuls for the tent, including Dan who made his own wedding cake and Steph who cleverly hides vegetables in her bakes.
But one contestant has revealed they have a secret link to the tent and in particular Paul Hollywood. Doesthis mean they have a slight advantage because they know extensively how the show works?
Henry, 20, who studies at Durham University started baking after the Bake Off tent pitched up in his home town’s local park eight years ago.
Since that day, he has been practicing and perfecting his baking skills to allow him to enter the competition.
Discussing the opportunity to take part in the fan-favourite competition, he said: “I have wanted to get into the tent since series two.
“They used to film the show at the end of my road, and I’d see Paul Hollywood when I walked to school in the mornings, so to be inside the actual tent was totally wonderful!”
During the application process, the contestants were tasked with making a cake which signifies one of the happiest days of your life.
Henry spoke about his choice: “One of the most lovely days I had was at Uni this year, we had an end of year party where everyone was totally relaxed.
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“It would be quite a busy, chaotic cake flavoured with alcohol to represent the party. Maybe with a kahlua coffee drizzle and vodka buttercream icing,” he explained.
As for the public’s response to the new line-up, many fans took to Twitter to share their opinions.
A few noted how young the contestants were, with some questioning the representation of the older generation.
“Where’s the older man/woman?” Someone asked while another chimed: “They are all so young! That’s good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s nice to see older bakers with their tried and trusted recipes and methods in the tent x.”
Others suggested a few tweaks to the challenges which have previously been given, especially during last year’s final when contestants were tasked with making pitta breads on an open fire outside.
“Those fire pits were ludicrous. Hopefully this year they’ll keep the focus on, y’know, actual baking…” A tweet read.
“And the chandelier!” Another added in reference to biscuit week during series nine.
Joining Paul in the judging process is Prue Leith and this will be her third time in the role.
Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding are also back as they present one of the nation’s favourite television shows.
As for the future of the Great British Bake Off, fans can rejoice because there are going to be at least two more series.
Channel 4 secured Love Productions’ show until 2021, meaning there are at least two more opportunities to see soggy bottoms and baking disasters.
Broadcasting boss Ian Katz said in a statement: “Over the last two years The Great British Bake Off has become one of the best loved programmes on Channel 4, embodying the warmth, mischief and inclusivity for which the channel is known.”
Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 on Tuesday 27 August at 8pm.