Your Great British Bake Off 2020 contestants finally revealed

The Great British Bake Off has finally revealed the contestants taking part in this year’s show, and honestly, we couldn’t be more excited.

Fans were unsure whether or not they’d be getting a 2020 series after the coronavirus pandemic cast a shadow of doubt over the TV industry.

However, after a number of precautions were set in place in the iconic tent, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and newcomer Matt Lucas were welcomed back to the competition.

And it looks as though bosses behind the Channel 4 show have managed to secure a strong line up to get us through the next few months.

From an armed guard to an accountant, a pharmacy dispenser to a music teacher – they really have swept the nation for an eclectic mix of amateur bakers.

But who will be taking home this year’s trophy?

Dave, 30, armed guard

Dave, 30, is an armed guard from Hampshire and has taken a keen interest in baking since he was a child.

He now bakes at least once a week with his girlfriend, and has managed to fill up their kitchen with all the colourful gadgets – we probably would have no idea how to use!

Dave is sure to be a favourite with Paul, as his strengths lie in bread – seeing him a natural at pretzels, brioche rolls, and baguettes (as well as the tricky mirror glaze).

Talking about what it was like to walk into the tent for the first time, he explained: ‘It felt like a long build-up and that there were many hurdles to overcome first. It was a dream come true walking in on that first morning.

‘I remember meeting Matt Lucas and realising that he was as nervous as I was being there. Meeting Noel was a lifelong dream so meeting him was something I won’t forget!’

Hermine, 39, accountant

Hermine, 39, is an accountant in London – however, she originally grew up in Benin, West Africa, before moving to England in 2001 to persue further education.

When growing up, she would often bake for large family gatherings with one of her speciality dishes being a Savarin cake.

Hermine has said some of her favourite things to make are millefeuille, éclairs and entremets – nothing too difficult then!

‘I thought it might not go ahead so to finally get into the tent that first morning was surreal. I could not believe I made it in,’ she recalled when addressing her first morning in the tent.

‘My strength is my understanding of how ingredients work together and how to get flavours right. My weakness is the ability to get a clean neat finish under time pressure.’

Laura, 31, digital manager

Laura, 31, is a digital manager from Kent and thrives when working under pressure – should the other bakers be worried?

While volunteering for the Samaritans in her free time, Laura says her baking specialities lie in citrus treats and decoration after the self-proclaimed perfectionist mastered the art of piped buttercream flowers.

Because of this, she wants thing to look ‘faultlessly pretty and gorgeously dainty,’ so we’re excited to see what she brings to the table.

‘I was really excited about the whole experience but I think I was especially excited to meet Matt Lucas,’ she said about the new presenter joining the tent as Noel’s right hand man.

‘I saw him in Les Mis last year and he was incredible. I was very star-struck when I first saw him and made a bit of a fool out of myself. I think my first words to him were “OMG I LOVE YOU.”‘

Linda, 61, Retirement Living team leader

Linda, 61, lives in East Sussex and first discovered her love for baking when visiting her auntie’s dairy farm as a child – where she would milk the cows.

Her strengths come in the form of sausage rolls, a tasty treat that could probably win over anyone, as well as other comforting classics.

But while she has heaps of experience in the kitchen, Linda has confessed she isn’t the best when it comes to time keeping.

‘I’ll never lose that magical feeling I had when I first walked into the tent and that will stay with me as one of my moments,’ she said of her experience on the show.

‘It’s never too late to chase your dreams.’

Loriea, 27, diagnostic radiographer

Loriea, 27, is a diagnostic radiographer from Durham – although growing up she was really into athletics and has even met Usain Bolt!

She firsts started to get into baking at the age of five, and often makes dishes that celebrate her Caribbean roots with some of her favourite ingredients including coconut, chillies and cinnamon.

Her biggest fan is her husband Peter, who especially loves her Jamaican patties – but could her combination of exotic flavours be her downfall?

‘My strength is my cool and calm nature and my ability to work well under pressure. Outside of these I think I have great strengths with blending untraditional flavours,’ she confessed ahead of the series.

‘However, these are not always to everyone’s taste. On the other hand, my weakness lies in my inability to follow a recipe without having to put my own twist in, I struggle to think in a simplistic way.’

Lottie, 31, pantomime producer

Lottie, 31, is a pantomime producer from West Sussex and believes baking is in her blood after her grandmother was an avid cake-maker.

It looks as though she’ll be getting on with Noel, as she confessed she has a dark sense of humour – which she tries to show in her dishes.

The computer game fanatic got into baking at a young age, and would watch baking shows on television instead of playing with her toys.

‘I was most looking forward to meeting the other bakers and Noel and Matt,’ she said of this year’s presenters. ‘They didn’t disappoint!

‘As a group we got really close really quickly because we were all living together and that made it feel extra special.’

Makbul, 51, accountant

Makbul, 51, is an accountant based in Greater Manchester and has recently taken up beekeeping as a hobby – where he’ll use the honey made in freshly baked goods.

He’s a self-taught baker and has picked up all of his skills from cookery books and television shows helping him perfect the art of pastry.

When it comes to special celebrations, such as Eid, he often makes to the Asian nankhatai biscuits for his family, including his three grown-up children who are his hardest critics.

‘As a baker one of my biggest strengths is that I’m not daunted by much. I will have a go. My biggest weakness is the mess I create,’ we’re already cringing.

He added: ‘To see the tent for the first time was thrilling. To actually go into it was like stepping into another world, “at last, I am here!”’

Marc, 51, bronze resin sculptor

Marc, 51, is a bronze resin sculptor from Cornwall, so we’re guessing he’s great at the tricky mirror glaze!

He turned to baking as a form of therapy when losing his leg after a motorbike accident.

Before the incident, he spent his free time travelling the world and conquering mountains – and has recently returned to his passion of climbing.

He recalled his first week on the show, saying: ‘Being surrounded by 11 other great people, all in the competition with me, and I just remember feeling the very positive and exciting energy in the tent.’

However, we’re slightly concerned as Marc confessed: ‘My strengths are definitely bread and any dough based recipes – my weakness is cakes.’

Mark, 32, project manager

Mark, 32, is a project manager from Liverpool and enjoys exploring the countryside – often finding himself walking in the Lake District.

Like most northerners, Mark fell in love with baking in a pie shop which he visited every day while at university, often opting for their Mac ’n’ Cheese pie.

He has since gone on to perfect multi-tiered wedding cakes, and is inspired by his Irish heritage, as well as the flavours of Africa and Asia which he often visits on public health research programmes.

‘I think I am quite a versatile baker and always up for a challenge,’ he said.

‘My biggest weakness is baking to a time limit – at home I spend hours (and sometimes days!) baking something as a way of de-stressing, so I wasn’t sure how I would deal with that in the tent!’

Peter, 20, accounting & finance student

The youngest contestant this year is 20-year-old Peter, from Edinburgh who is currently studying accounting and finance at university.

It was the Great British Bake Off which inspired him to get in the kitchen at just 12 years old, seeing him watched every single season since it started with Mary Berry.

In his bakes, he loves to honour his hometown and uses Scottish ingredients including berries, whisky, oats and honey.

Probably the biggest fan of the show, he said his best moments were: ‘Just being in the tent with the judges, presenters and other bakers and realising that I was ON THE BAKE OFF!!!’

He added: ‘I was just so excited to get baking in the tent and fulfil this amazing dream.’

Sura, 31, pharmacy dispenser

Sura, 31, is a pharmacy dispenser from London and often finds herself exploring her passions including travel, architecture and design.   

When growing up, her family would bake as a means to show affection, love and respect seeing Sura follow suit.

She is often inspired by flavours from around the world but mainly those from Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and India.

‘I was looking forward to meeting Prue the most,’ she declared ahead of this year’s season. ‘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.’

Rowan, 55, music teacher

Last but by no means least, is Rowan, a 55-year-old music teacher from Worcestershire whose passion is French pâtissérie.

He calls his baking style ostentatious as is drawn to fine, complex, layered cakes – especially those made from a Georgian recipe.

Before heading to work, Rowan swims a mile most mornings and exercises his brain at the British Library researching all things 1700s.

‘It was very exciting and seemed unreal after all the uncertainty and the vast amount of preparatory work,’ he said referring to the coronavirus guidelines put in place to make sure the tent was Covid secure.

‘My strengths are ambition in ideas and design. My weakness is over-ambition and no interest in timings!’

Have you chosen your winner?

The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 September 22.

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