Meet The 'Great British Bake Off' 2020 Contestants
And now, we're finally able to meet the contestants, as Channel 4 release a first look at the new line-up.
The new batch of bakers include a pantomime producer, an armoured guard and a diagnostic radiographer. Let's meet them!
Dave, 30, is an armoured guard from Hampshire. His speciality is baking bread, which makes sense as he loves pretzels, brioche and baguettes!
"My strengths are the ability to learn from mistakes, take criticism and use it to improve. I am incredibly determined and see the positive in every situation," he said.
Dave bakes at least once a week at the home he shares with his girlfriend, and always while listening to his favourite punk rock bands.
Hermine, 39, is an accountant living in London. Hermine was born and raised in Benin, West Africa and made her first cake at the age of eight.
Living in Benin has given Hermine's baking a French influence, and she loves a high-end pâtissérie. She also specilises in sourdough - so much so that her nine-year-old son now refuses to eat any other bread!
"My strength is my understanding of how ingredients work together and how to get flavours right," she said.
Hermine is mega creative and also loves cooking marmalades and jams to give as gifts to friends and family.
Linda, 61, is from East Sussex and works as a retirement living team leader. Baking has been Linda's hobby ever since she was little and used to help out on her aunt's dairy farm.
"I think my experience over the years would be my strength," she said.
Linda's strengths lie in home-comfort cooking, such as her signature sausage roll, and being a big lover of the outdoors and countryside, she also enjoys a spot of fishing.
27-year-old Loriea is a diagnostic radiographer from Durham. Born in Jamaica, she likes to incorporate Jamaican flavours into her cooking.
"My strength is my cool and calm nature and my ability to work well under pressure. Outside of these I think I have great strengths with blending untraditional flavours," she said.
Loriea loves including coconut, chillies and cinnamon in her food - and always tries to tweak recipes to make them her own.
Digital manager Laura, 31, from Kent says she bakes from the heart and likes to include flavours that "pack a punch".
Laura loves using citrus flavours in her bakes and focuses on pretty and dainty decorations. The Samaritans volunteer says she thrives under pressure and is mega organised - something we're sure will help her in the tent!
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Lottie, from West Sussex is a 31-year-old pantomime producer. and gets her love of baking from her nan.
Lottie says she's a fast learner, and taught herself a lot of the techniques before the show.
"Turns out I'm a fast learner! I taught myself a lot of techniques ahead of the show and really enjoyed the process," she explained.
When Lottie isn't baking, you'll find her playing computer games with her young cousins, or practising yoga.
51-year-old Makbul is an accountant from Greater Manchester with a speciality for rustling up delicious pastries and a remarkable ability to measure out ingredients by eye.
He's entirely self-taught, having watched hours and hours of TV baking shows. He said: "As a baker one of my biggest strengths is that I'm not daunted by much. I will have a go."
Makbul has recently taken up beekeeping and loves using his own honey in his bakes.
Marc, from Cornwall, is a 51-year-old bronze resin sculptor who used bread baking as a form of therapy after losing a leg in a motorbike accident four years ago.
"My strengths are definitely bread and any dough based recipes," he said.
As a support worker and single parent, Marc decided to enter Bake Off to show his daughters that even when life throws obstacles your way, you can still take on new challenges.
20-year-old Peter is an accounting and finance student and this year's youngest contestant. He's from Edinburgh and was inspired to apply after watching the show with his family.
Peter says his strengths are time management and planning, which are definitely crucial skills in the Bake Off tent!
The student loves to incorporate his homeland into his cooking, using Scottish ingredients - including berries, whisky, oats and honey - as much as possible.
Rowan, 55, is a music teacher from Worcestershire with a passion for French pâtissérie.
Rowan enjoys decorating his bakes with flowers from his own garden and reinventing 18th century recipes.
As a fitness enthusiast, when he's not rustling up a pastry, Rowan swims a mile most mornings and is also a keen cyclist and occasional horse-rider.
Sura, 31, is a pharmacy dispenser from London and likes to infuse her bakes with the flavours of her heritage from Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and India.
"My strengths lie in flavour and balancing of flavours and also making small and dainty bakes - but my weakness is large multi-tiered cakes," she said.
Sura loves to improvise in the kitchen, but when she's not baking she can be found indulging her passions for travel, architecture and design.
Project manager Mark, 32, is from Liverpool and began baking at uni. He likes to experiment with flavours from Africa and Asia.
"I think I am quite a versatile baker and always up for a challenge," he said.
Northern Irish Mark first fell in love with baking at a pie shop in Edinburgh - he visited every day while at uni for the shop's Mac 'n' Cheese pie.
Bake off returns to Channel 4 on Tuesday 22nd September at 8pm.
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