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First look at the Great British Bake Off 2016 line-up

They’re an impressive bunch this year.

By Amy Lewis, 16 August 2016
First look at the Great British Bake Off 2016 line-up

Get excited Great British Bake Off fans; the new series is very soon to hit our TV screens (24 August), and the final contestant lineup for 2016 has now been officially revealed.

Ready to meet the hopefuls? Here’s your GBBO 2016 who’s-who.

Thought last year’s cohort were impressive? Well hold onto your baking trays, because the new batch of bakers mean business.

The amateurs set to take on the challenges laid out by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood this year include a P.E teacher, a garden designer, a financial advisor, a student and a pastor, with several of the keen bunch already giving us a taster of what’s to come thanks to tasty looking Instagram posts.

Ready to meet the hopefuls? Here’s your GBBO 2016 who’s-who.

Candice, 31, is a secondary school P.E teacher who lives in Bedfordshire with her boyfriend and pet pug called Dennis. She says her nan first taught her how to bake, and still inspires her creative kitchen endeavours.

Tom, 26, works for The Royal Society of Arts. He loves to bake at home with his wife Kate, and enjoys sneaking surprise flavours and ingredients into his dishes.

Jane, 61, is a garden designer from Beckenham, south London. She says she learnt the art of baking bread from her father and grandfather who owned a bakery in Hastings, and even gets up at 5am to whip up her own loaves.

Selasi, 30, grew up in Ghana and moved to London with his family 15 years ago. He works as a client service associate for a financial company, but says he still finds time to squeeze in a few baking sessions around his long office hours.

Val, 66, is a former primary school head teacher from Yorkshire, but now lives near Yeovil, Somerset, with her husband. She says she’s been her family’s head baker since age 15, and can whip up classic puddings with her eyes closed.

Michael, 20, currently attends Durham University where he is studying politics and economics. The youngest of the group, he says his baking is heavily influenced by his family’s Cypriot roots.

Benjamina, 23, works as a teaching assistant after recently graduating from university with a 1st in economics. A perfectionist, she says presentation is everything, and isn’t happy when her bakes aren’t picture-perfect.

Lee, 67, is a former builder who switched careers 30 years ago to become a pastor, after hurting his back. He says he loves traditional flavours, but isn’t afraid to add an exotic twist on occasion.

Rav, 28, works at City University London where his job involves supporting students. He says his sister inspired him to take up baking, and that he now loves to experiment with adventurous flavour combinations inspired by far eastern cuisines.

Kate, 37, is a nurse who works on an acute respiratory ward. She says her passion for baking began as a child, and that she loves to use seasonal fruit which she gathers with her children on her parents’ Norfolk farm.

Andrew, 25, is an aerospace engineer who designs jet engines for Rolls-Royce. He says he was taught to bake by his mum and grandmother, but now uses his engineering skills to push the boundaries of his ambitious kitchen creations.

Louise, 46, works a hairdresser in Cardiff. She says she found her passion for baking after whipping up cakes for a charity bake sale, and now loves experimenting with elaborate designs and flavoured breads.

Great British Bake Off returns to BBC One at 8pm on Wednesday 24 August

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