The 12 new contestants heading for the Nice British Bake Off tent have been formally revealed.
The hit baking competitors returns for a model new sequence on Channel 4 subsequent week, as new presenter Alison Hammond joins co-host Noel Fielding and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith to seek out Britain’s subsequent finest newbie baker.
Forward of the primary episode, get to know the contestants all a bit higher beneath…
Occupation: Veg grower and supply driver
Official bio: “Yorkshire-born Abbi first discovered to bake alongside her mum, honing these early expertise throughout her teenagers, when she turned enthralled by the Victorian period and particularly the standard bakes of the time – steamed puddings, fruit truffles and extra. Now she takes her inspiration from her atmosphere and the attractive English countryside round her dwelling.
“A lover of the good open air, she forages for seasonal elements – the larger and bolder, the higher – and places her homegrown veg to good use.
“Abbi’s bakes intention to mix consolation and familiarity with a robust nod in the direction of nature, and a sense of making one thing magical – bakes with a contact of fairytale”
Occupation: Deli and grocery supervisor
Official bio: “Movie and theatre fanatic, theme-park lover and hospitality skilled, Amos grew up in Nottingham together with his mum and sister, however now lives and works in North London.
“As a toddler, Amos was at all times amazed by his mum’s capability to whip up scrumptious bakes at a second’s discover – making her each the inspiration and the function mannequin for his personal dedication to some critical baking.
“Amos describes his bakes as a labour of affection – his model is vibrant and stylish with eager consideration to element, and he loves exploring completely different flavour profiles. He compares his baking model to the transformed church that he now lives in, calling each his model and residential ‘conventional with a contemporary twist’.”
Official bio: “Life with 4 youngsters signifies that, for Cristy, there at all times appears to be a birthday to bake for and an thrilling get together to plan. She describes her baking model as enchanted and fairly – bakes that conjure up a way of childhood. Muffins are her speciality, and she or he attracts flavour inspiration from her personal Israeli heritage and from her husband’s Jamaican roots. She is a dab hand with ornament and will get a thrill out of constructing positive the outcomes look excellent.
“When she’s not organising a celebration, you could find her having an outside journey, letting her hair down along with her pals, or fixing a Rubik’s dice – in beneath 4 minutes!”
Occupation: Civil engineering useful resource planner
Official bio: “Dan’s curiosity in cooking started when he went travelling in South America in 2007. His specific loves are pies and puddings: earlier than he and his spouse purchased their first dwelling, they lived together with his in-laws, throughout which period his mother-in-law taught him how one can make excellent shortcrust pastry. Subsequently, his ardour for pies has advanced right into a penchant for patisserie.
“Perfectionist Dan loves a baking problem and can usually discover the toughest bake in one in all his many (greater than 300!) cook dinner books and begin there, throwing the whole lot he’s obtained at making a masterpiece.
“When he’s not baking, he likes to play soccer together with his two younger sons, work out within the fitness center, or forage for edible treats within the countryside round his dwelling.”
Occupation: Database administrator
Official bio: “Dana’s ardour for baking began on the age of 16 when she recognized a spot in her household’s historically Indian culinary repertoire. As a self-professed untidy baker, Dana would keep away from stepping on her mum’s toes within the kitchen by catching the bus to her dad’s home to indulge her must experiment along with her bakes. Now she has a kitchen of her personal (and a cockapoo, Gracie, to scrub up after her), Dana has change into the household’s go-to celebration cake-maker.
“Her model is rustic and homely, however at all times pleasing to the attention. She loves a semi-naked cake with neat strains, fairly piping and minimalist ornament; and though she likes to maintain her flavours protected, Dana will usually incorporate a twist or two, including in acquainted spices related along with her Indian heritage.”
Occupation: Submit-doctoral analysis affiliate
Official bio: “Josh is a chemist by commerce and brings his scientist’s precision and keenness to experiment into the kitchen, taking cautious notes on every a part of the baking course of and perfecting all his methods for beautiful outcomes. He likes to take his inspiration from previous baking books, reinventing classics to present them a contemporary twist, usually by introducing different flavours and together with the seasonal fruit and greens from his kitchen backyard.
“Josh has been taking part in rugby for his native staff for greater than 15 years, and as soon as a month he bakes plenty of treats to reward his teammates after a rigorous coaching session. He goals of getting his personal artisan bakery someday.”
Occupation: Chartered accountant
Official bio: “Apple pies and fairy truffles – which he discovered to bake together with his mum – kind the baking backdrop to Keith’s childhood, alongside together with his mum’s love for conventional dishes from her dwelling in Malta.
“Since these early life, Keith has by no means stopped baking. Just lately, although, he has returned to the baking books of the early Nineteen Seventies to aim recipes that have been as soon as ‘past’ him. He loves the problem of taking up extra complicated bakes and has grown in confidence with bread. His companion, Sue, has obtained very used to waking as much as the scent of a freshly baked loaf. They reside with their poodle, Maisie, only a few steps from the ocean.”
Occupation: PE and science instructor
Official bio: “Matty is the kind of baker who swats up on on-line patisserie movies earlier than mattress. Regardless of how good he will get, although, he strives to equal the impressiveness of the bake that first caught his creativeness: a teddy-bear cake that his late nan made him for his fourth birthday.
“Now the household’s designated baker, he at all times has an inventory of cake requests for upcoming celebrations. He describes his model as rustic however neat, and his flavour preferences as fairly conventional – he notably loves chocolate, citrus and nuts. As soon as his days within the tent are over, his subsequent – and even greater – problem might be to make his personal wedding ceremony cake, a particular fee from his fiancée, Lara.”
Occupation: West Midlands
Occupation: Retired cabin crew and volunteer
Official bio: “Nicky describes her baking as ‘like a pair of cozy previous slippers; little conventional bakes that evoke fond recollections’. For Nicky herself, these recollections are of her gran’s kitchen desk the place, as a bit lady, she would roll out pastries and embellish truffles – which she says was as a lot enjoyable then as all her baking is to her now.
“Her favorite bakes are nonetheless pastries, however she additionally loves making breads, and enjoyable birthday truffles for her niece and grandchildren.
“When she’s not baking, Nicky volunteers for a pet-therapy charity (alongside along with her canine, Bracken) and likes to ski, which she has been doing since she was solely three years previous.”
Official bio: ”‘Go massive, or go dwelling’ is Rowan’s motto, and one which he has at all times utilized to his bakes. His earliest baking recollections are of scones, pork pies, shortbread and conventional jam tarts (which he claims as a Northern delicacy).
“A scholar of English literature, when he’s not writing up a storm, Rowan can be a eager host, making use of his artistic eye to his cooking – he goals for clear strains and fascinating ornament in his completed bakes.
“Similar to his much-admired, knock-out cocktail-making expertise, Rowan expresses his grand, opulent aspect in his bakes, wowing his uni pals together with his creations. He made his personal twenty first birthday cake – a three-tier, 12-layer extravaganza.”
Occupation: Intelligence analyst
Official bio: “Sri Lankan-born Saku locations the standard flavours of her heritage on the coronary heart of her baking – notably the curry spices, which she claims make for one of the best pie fillings, whereas liberal sprinklings of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg discover their method into her sweeter bakes.
“At her household dwelling in Sri Lanka, Saku didn’t have an oven till she was 18, so she turned to baking solely when she moved along with her husband to the UK, in 2003, and notably when she turned a mum – rustling up treats for her youngsters’s lunchboxes by replicating the snacks she noticed within the grocery store.
“Self-taught, she is now a dab hand with a whisk and relishes utilizing her homegrown elements from her pleasure and pleasure – her vegetable patch.”
Occupation: Participation officer
Official bio: “The very best factor Tasha remembers about baking as a toddler was licking the sugar icing from the tops of the fairy truffles she, her mum and her grandma used to make. At secondary college, she made truffles for her pals and was quickly inspired by her Meals Know-how instructor to develop her expertise as a pastime.
“Very similar to her angle to life, Tasha’s baking is fearless. She makes use of it as a approach to specific herself creatively, usually embarking upon near-impossible designs – with spectacular outcomes.
“When she’s not baking, Tasha loves going to the theatre to see a West Finish present and she or he has a ardour for travelling the world.”
The Nice British Bake Off returns on Tuesday 26 September at 8pm on Channel 4.