A police detective, a retired midwife, a psychology student and a software developer will be among the contestants on this year’s Great British Bake Off.
On September 21, the show will return for its 12th season. Because of the Covid pandemic, the 12 bakers were once again filmed in a bubble.
Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas, and Noel Fielding will all reprise their roles.
According to Hollywood, the baking standard in the new series was “certainly the highest I’ve ever encountered.”
Meet the contestants:
- Amanda is a 56-year-old detective with the Metropolitan Police in London, whose baking is heavily influenced by her Greek-Cypriot heritage. She learned to bake as a child with her mum and auntie before studying graphic design and working in advertising, then moving to the police.
- Chigs only started baking seriously during lockdown in 2020, using online tutorials to learn complex bakes and chocolate work. The 40-year-old is a sales manager from Leicestershire.
- Crystelle started baking seriously three years ago, and the 26-year-old client relationship manager from London – who is a self-confessed “bit of a stresser” – likes experimenting with flavours and textures inspired by her Portuguese-Goan-Kenyan heritage.
- At 19, vegan psychology student Freya, from North Yorkshire, is the youngest baker in this year’s tent. She says she likes to be “unexpected” with her baking and is “a massive perfectionist”.
- George, 34, who is a shared lives co-ordinator from London, is another baker from a Greek-Cypriot family who “has a keen eye for detail” and says his strength is his “creative flair”.
- Italian-born, Bristol-based Giuseppe inherited his love for baking from his father, a professional chef. The 45-year-old is a chief engineer who brings a sense of precision to his bakes.
- Jairzeno moved from Trinidad 15 years ago and is a head of finance in London. The 51-year-old says he obsesses over flavour combinations, particularly using Caribbean spices, and says “baking is like breathing” for him.
- German-born Jürgen moved to the UK 18 years ago and now lives in Sussex. The IT professional and amateur trombonist started baking when he couldn’t buy his beloved German bread.
- Lizzie is a 28-year-old car production operative from Liverpool who, according to Channel 4, “may look like she’s frantic and messy on the outside, but she is usually calm and collected within”.
- Retired nurse and midwife Maggie, from Dorset, is this year’s oldest baker at 70. As well as baking, she loves canoeing, kayaking, sailing and going on adventures in her campervan.
- Rochica turned to baking when she was left unable to dance due to an injury. Ominously, the 27-year-old junior HR business partner from Birmingham says her weakness is “getting flustered and everything going wrong”.
- Finally, Tom is a 28-year-old developer for his family software company in Kent, and says baking was “a welcome escape” during lockdown, especially when he couldn’t partake in his beloved amateur dramatics and singing.