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Meet The Bakers Taking Part In This Year's 'Great British Bake Off'

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Fionnuala .Jones

11:50 14 Sep 2021


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Here they are!

The 12th series of The Great British Bake Off is set to hit our screens next week.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are back to judge 12 keen amateur bakers, alongside hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas.


Here's who you'll be cheering on at home this month:

Amanda

Raised in London with Greek-Cypriot heritage, Amanda studied graphic design at college and worked in advertising before moving to the Metropolitan Police to train as a detective.

After learning about Greek baking from her paternal aunt, Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine greatly influences Amanda’s baking, who describes her baking style as ‘generous and creative’.

Chigs

Sales manager Chigs from Leicestershire is being thrown into the deep end, having started baking seriously during lockdown.

Through the careful study of online videos, he managed to teach himself how to produce complex bakes and really intricate chocolate work.

Crystelle


Crystelle is a baker who brings her diverse heritage to the flavours in her baking.

The youngest of three daughters, she was also the chief-taster as she helped her mother prepare their family meals.

Crystelle began baking seriously three years ago and loves to fuse spices from the places she’s visited into her bakes.

Freya


Student Freya from North Yorkshire is this year’s youngest baker, having watched the first series when she was just nine years old.

The teenager says she likes to be ‘unexpected’ with her baking and enjoys making intricate designs. Famous last words ...

George

George lives in London with his wife, three kids and a "house full of animals", and when he has time, he likes to bake the Greek classics.

Having grown up in a Greek-Cypriot family, food was always a big part of his life, and George likes to give his bakes a "touch of class with a shabby-chic, vintage vibe".

Giuseppe

Originally from Italy, Giuseppe now lives in Bristol with his wife and their three young sons, and works as an engineer.

Giuseppe loves using Italian flavours in his bakes, while he also brings his engineer’s precision to the results, and describes himself as a food snob who wants to only feed his kids homemade confectionary, rather than anything that’s been mass-produced.

Well for some!

Jairzeno

Jairzeno began baking in 2014, obsessing over flavour combinations (guava and chocolate is a firm favourite), using lots of Caribbean spices, and aiming for the perfect pâtissérie finish.

Jürgen

Originally from the Black Forest in Germany, Jürgen moved to the UK in 2003 and now lives with his wife and son in Sussex.

His baking journey began when he decided to bake his own traditional German bread when he couldn’t find any in his adopted home.

He is particularly well-known for his Jewish challah bread, and for the celebration cakes that he loves to bake for friends and family.

Lizzie

Lizzie is a baker that prefers simple presentation, flavour and quantity over precision.

However, she does think putting cheese in bread "can only spell disaster" - surely that's a point of debate?!

Maggie

This year’s oldest baker, Maggie is a retired nurse and midwife living in Dorset.

She has an impressive collection of classic recipe books and loves recreating traditional bakes while at the same time experimenting with exciting flavours.

Rochica


Rochica takes inspiration from her Jamaican family when baking.

She always is especially proud when her nan and aunties tell her she has baked a cake that reminds them of the treats they grew up with.

Tom

Tom rediscovered his schoolboy passion for baking four years ago after making his dad a sticky pudding cake, and now bakes several times a week.

Among his favourites are pies, quiches and bread, and bakes that follow a theme - looks like he's on the right show then!

The Great British Bake Off starts Tuesday, September 21st at 8pm on Channel 4 and All 4.

Follow @98FM online for all the latest news


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