Bake Off contestants – full confirmed line up for 2020
THE new Great British Bake Off contestants have all the ingredients to whip up a storm in the kitchen.
Channel 4 scooped an array of competitors out of lockdown and made them isolate together in order to film Bake Off 2020 in the famous tent.
Who are the Bake Off 2020 contestants?
The Sun revealed the 12 competitors entered the famous tents back in July 2020, where they cooked for judges Paul Hollywood, 54, and Prue Leith, 80, in a brand new location in Essex.
The series 11 bakers will feel in safe hands with Hampshire lad Dave, 30.
He's an armoured guard who admitted he only learned how to cook when he moved out of his mum's house.
Dave said he's now fulfilled a "life long dream" by meeting his celebrity hero and Bake Off host Noel Fielding.
His strengths are bread and mirror glazes.
Dave lives with his girlfriend in Hampshire and also loves cars and DIY.
Accountant Hermine, 39, moved to London from Benin, West Africa, in 2001 to pursue further education.
Her French influences have given her a love of patisserie, which will fair well on Bake Off.
Hermine, who has a nine-year-old son, has said she is good with flavours but admitted: “My weakness is the ability to get a clean, neat finish under time pressure.”
Laura, 31, is a digital manager from Gravesend who has a passion for baking.
She says she loves to put modern twists on classics and thrives under pressure.
Laura specialises in decoration and is proud to have mastered piped buttercream flowers.
Pharmacy worker Sura, 31, from London will be baking up a storm in the famous tent.
She confessed Prue was a huge inspiration for her taking up baking.
Sura said: "I was looking forward to meeting Prue the most. I have watched her for many years on TV and I just loved her passion for food and flavours and her immense knowledge on it all.
"She inspired a lot of my baking in my early 20s."
Lottie believes baking is in her blood thanks to her Lancastrian great-grandmother.
She said as a child she preferred making notes from cookery books to playing with toys.
Panto boss Lottie, from West Sussex, said that all the bakers bonded straight away thanks to the unusual circumstances.
The 31-year-old said: "As a group we got really close really quickly because we were all living together and that made it feel extra special."
Rowan is a 55-year-old music teacher who hails from Worcestershire.
He loves 18th-century Georgian recipes and enjoys decorating his bakes with edible flowers from his garden.
He said: “My weakness is over-ambition and no interest in timings.”
Self-taught baker Makbul, 51, can measure out ingredients just by eye and says his strengths lie in pastry.
His three grown-up children are his harshest baking critics.
The Manchester accountant, who has recently taken up bee-keeping, said he is not daunted by much but admitted: “My biggest weakness is the mess I create!”
Linda, 61, hails from East Sussex and is a retirement living team leader.
She said she enjoyed childhood visits to her aunt’s dairy farm, where she learned to bake cakes topped with rich, creamy icing.
Her strength is home-comfort cooking, particularly her signature sausage rolls.
Talking about being on Bake Off, Linda said: “It’s never too late to chase your dreams.”
Project manager Mark, 31, said his baking style is influenced by his Irish heritage.
But he revealed he is drawn to the flavours of Africa and Asia, where he travels regularly for his work with public health research programmes.
Mark, who lives with his wife in Liverpool, revealed he struggles with timekeeping and said: “At home I spend hours (and sometimes days) baking something as a way of de-stressing.”
Inspired by Bake Off, 20-year-old Peter started baking at the age of 12.
The Edinburgh lad honours his Scots heritage by including berries, whisky, oats and honey in his bakes.
Peter, who is an Accounting & Finance Student, said he’s great at time management and planning, however, he is not the best at "artistic decoration and bread baking.”
Cornwall sculptor and support worker Marc, 51, is a single parent to two inspiring daughters who convinced him to take up his favourite hobby climbing again despite him losing his leg.
Personal tragedy, including losing his leg in a motorbike accident in 2016, led him to baking bread as a form of therapy, and from there he came to baking cakes and pastries.
He said about entering the show: "Being surrounded by 11 other great people, all in the competition with me, I just remember feeling a very positive and exciting energy in the tent."
Loriea – out week one
Radiographer Loriea, 27, moved to the UK when she was 15 years old.
However, she said she began baking at the age of five with her grandmother in Jamaica.
The Durham hospital worker said: “My weakness lies in my inability to follow a recipe without having to put my own twist in.”
Loriea was sent home after failing to impress the judges for cake week.
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