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The Great British Bake Off 2021 Is Here

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The Great British Bake Off 2021 Is Here

At 8pm tonight, we'll finally get to return to the Great British Bake Off tent.

The show is coming back for its twelfth series on Channel 4 where judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith as well as presenters Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding will join 12 new contestants to find Britain's best amateur baker.

Bake Off is back tonight at 8pm! (Credit: Channel 4)
Bake Off is back tonight at 8pm! (Credit: Channel 4)

Ranging from 19 to 70 years old, the 12 bakers will follow similar Covid guidelines to the 2020 cohort and live in a bubble during filming.

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And we're off to a good ol' classic in the first episode with the contestants tackling cakes to kick off their Bake Off journey.

The show has announced its contestants ahead of the first episode tonight. Firstly, there's Amanda who is a 56-year-old detective in London whose Greek-Cypriot heritage influences her baking. Another baker from a Greek-Cypriot family is George, 34, who is a shared lives co-ordinator from London as well.

One of these bakers will be crowned the 2021 Bake Off Champion (Credit: Channel 4)
One of these bakers will be crowned the 2021 Bake Off Champion (Credit: Channel 4)

Chigs is a 40-year-old is a sales manager from Leicestershire and only started baking seriously during lockdown in 2020 where online tutorials taught him about complex bakes and chocolate work. Tom, a 28-year-old developer for his family software company in Kent, also enjoyed baking during lockdown and was a welcome distraction when he couldn't do his amateur dramatics and singing.

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Another London-based baker, Crystelle is a 26-year-old client relationship manager and started baking seriously three years ago where she likes experimenting with flavours and textures inspired by her Portuguese-Goan-Kenyan heritage.

At 19, psychology student Freya from North Yorkshire is the youngest baker this year and has already had to delete her Facebook due to trolls criticising her being a vegan as well as a horse rider.

Freya has been called a hypocrite over her veganism (Credit: Channel 4)
Freya has been called a hypocrite over her veganism (Credit: Channel 4)

The 45-year-old Giuseppe was born in Italy but lives in Bristol now as a chief engineer and inherited his love for baking from his father who is a professional chef.

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He'll be joined alongside Jairzeno, a head of finance in London who moved from Trinidad 15 years ago. The 51-year-old obsesses over flavour combinations and particularly uses Caribbean spices.

German-born Jürgen also moved to the UK 18 years ago and now lives in Sussex as an IT professional and amateur trombonist. He says he started baking when he couldn't buy his beloved German bread over here.

Maggie is this year's oldest baker and is a retired nurse and midwife (Credit: Channel 4)
Maggie is this year's oldest baker and is a retired nurse and midwife (Credit: Channel 4)

Liverpudlian Lizzie is a 28-year-old car production operative who might be our untidy baker of the year and she's said to appear "frantic" and "messy" according to Channel 4.

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Maggie, from Dorset, is a 70-year-old retired nurse and midwife and is this year's oldest baker. Aside baking, she enjoys canoeing, sailing, kayaking and exploring in her campervan. Whereas Rochica, a 27-year-old junior HR business partner from Birmingham, turned to baking when she couldn't dance after sustaining an injury.

Time to find out who is Britain's best amateur baker!

The Great British Bake Off returns tonight at 8pm on Channel 4.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV And Film, Channel 4, Great British Bake Off

Charlotte Forrester
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