First look at this year’s Great British Bake Off contestants!

Take a peek at this year's hopefuls


by Anna Lewis |
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Spatulas and mixing bowls at the ready - The Great British Bake Off is back!

That's right - the greatest thing that's ever happened to baking (except Nigella's cleavage) EVER is returning to our screens Wednesday 6 August!

Not only are we saying hello again to Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, plus Mel and Sue, but we also get to meet 12 new budding bakers!

Wanna meet them now? Well here you go:


First look at this year's Great British Bake Off contestants!

Iain, 31, London1 of 12

Iain, 31, London

Iain's passion for travel has inspired the flavour of his bakes. Now living in London Iain, who grew up just outside Belfast, is a construction engineer and brings his bakes in for his colleagues.

Martha, 17, Berkshire2 of 12

Martha, 17, Berkshire

Martha is The Great British Bake Off's youngest ever baker. She is studying food technology, maths and chemistry and wants to be a food scientist. She lives with her mother, father and younger sister and their white labradoodle Alfie - who is known to steal Martha's bakes.

Chetna, 35, Kent3 of 12

Chetna, 35, Kent

Chetna was born in India and became a fashion designer. She and her husband moved to the UK in 2003. Chetna used baking as a way of embracing life in the UK and combines her mother's traditional recipes and flavours with British bakes.

Richard, 38, London4 of 12

Richard, 38, London

Family man Richard, who made a Star Wars Millennium Falcon cake for his own wedding, is the fourth generation in his family's building business. He and his wife were born, raised and live on the same street and both sets of parents still live close by. He bakes with his wife and two young girls.

Claire, 31, Cheshire5 of 12

Claire, 31, Cheshire

Claire works as a speech and language therapist in Cheshire. She has been baking since she was 11 years old as both her mother and grandmother were wedding cake decorators and her father was a chef. She used to be a chaotic baker but since marrying her husband, a chemist, his precision work has rubbed off on her.

Enwezor, 39, Hampshire6 of 12

Enwezor, 39, Hampshire

Born in North London, Enwezor is half Nigerian and half Japanese and lives with his wife and four children in Portsmouth, working at the university as a business consultant. When Enwezor sets his mind to something he does it - after deciding to do the Great South Run barefoot he spent eight months walking around Portsmouth without shoes or socks to get his feet ready for the race. He has taught himself to bake in the last three years.

Jordan, 32, Nottingham7 of 12

Jordan, 32, Nottingham

Jordan works as an IT manager. He is the self-confessed "nerdy baker" of the tent. He is passionate about cross breeding bakes like his "pretzel-croissant" and says he has lost days of his life perfecting his own version of the "cronut". He has been baking seriously for the last three years.

Kate, 41, East Sussex8 of 12

Kate, 41, East Sussex

Originally from Cambridgeshire, Kate lives in Brighton with her five-year-old daughter. After wanting to become an actress, she changed direction and started her own upholstery company. Kate organises street parties every year and she likes to bake for her family, last year baking 15 Christmas cakes. She only rarely uses recipes or weighs ingredients.

Diana, 69, Shropshire9 of 12

Diana, 69, Shropshire

Diana is Bake Off's oldest baker so far. She grew up on a farm in Shropshire where she joined the Women's Institute at the age of 12 and became a WI judge at 20. Diana met her husband at a young farmer's social event when she was just 16 and they have been together ever since.

Luis 42, Cheshire10 of 12

Luis 42, Cheshire

"Inventive baker" Luis was born and brought up in Stockport by his Spanish parents. He trained as a graphic designer and likes to play the ukelele, make model aeroplanes and keep bees. He uses honey from his bees and fresh ingredients from his allotment in his baking.

Nancy, 60, North Lincolnshire11 of 12

Nancy, 60, North Lincolnshire

Known for her sense of humour, Nancy worked as a practice manager for a GP surgery but is now retired. She cycles, grows vegetables, rears guinea fowl and "grows her own turkeys for Christmas" in her garden. Nancy also trains dogs for obedience but one dog embarrassed her at Crufts by falling asleep in the judging area.

Norman, 66, Scotland12 of 12

Norman, 66, Scotland

Norman is retired and lives on the North East coast of Scotland. Norman's father and brother were bakers. He would like to bring back traditional Scottish recipes and has contacted some of his father's old apprentices to revive traditional Scottish bakes that he fears are being lost.

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