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Meet the contestants of The Great Irish Bake Off

Published 18/09/2013 | 12:46

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Biddy White Lennon,Anna Nolan and Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly
Biddy White Lennon,Anna Nolan and Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly
Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly,Anna Nolan and Biddy White Lennon, at the launch of TV3s The Great Irish Bake Off, sponsored by Odlums at The Merrion Hotel,Dublin .The Great Irish Bake Off airs Thursday 19th September, at 9pm on TV3.

TV3 launched The Great Irish Bake Off at the Merrion Hotel Dublin, home of Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly. Paul will judge this years Great Irish Bake Off contestants alongside fellow judge, actor and food writer Biddy White Lennon.  

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Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly,Anna Nolan and Biddy White Lennon
Biddy White Lennon,Anna Nolan and Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly, at the launch of TV3s The Great Irish Bake Off, sponsored by Odlums at The Merrion Hotel,Dublin .The Great Irish Bake Off airs Thursday 19th September, at 9pm on TV3.

TV3 launched The Great Irish Bake Off at the Merrion Hotel Dublin, home of Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly. Paul will judge this years Great Irish Bake Off contestants alongside fellow judge, actor and food writer Biddy White Lennon.  

Pix Brian McEvoy
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Biddy White Lennon,Anna Nolan and Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly

It's about to get hot in the kitchen!

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The first ever series of The Great Irish Bake Off is just around the corner, and it's time to meet the contestants.

TV personality and producer Anna Nolan will be fronting the show and is joined by judges Biddy White Lennon, an acclaimed food writer and Paul Kelly, award-winning pastry chef.

The contestants

  • AOIFE NIC AONGHUSA (25) from Kildare, is a capital forecasting analyst with Ulster Bank and currently living in Smithfield. She says that her increasing visits to the market there encouraged her love of baking.

     
  • BARBARA DOLAN (37) is a housewife living in Balrothery, Dublin. She recently joined a 'GAA for Mothers' team after watching her children enjoy sports for so many years.

     
  • BRIDGET HARNEY (28) is an occupational therapist from Hollywood, Co. Wicklow. She grew up farming and has a passion for animals.

     
  • LAURA CARROLL (17) is a secondary school student from Donaghmede and attends Manour House in Raheny. Her goal is to study Culinary Arts in DIT.

     
  • OONAGH BARRETT (43) is a mother and holistic health teacher based in Carlow, with her two children. She started off her career as a nurse and now focuses on teaching nutrition.

     
  • MARYANNE DALTON (36) is a lecturer at NUI Maynooth who lives in Rathfarnham with her partner and two dogs. She has a passion for photography.

     
  • DAIRE BEGLEY (42) from Kildare, where he lives with his wife and two children, and is a quality control manager for a pharmaceutical company. He comes from an active family and have several animals including kittens and ponies. 

     
  • JAREK ORLOWSKI (30) is a barman originally from Poland, but living in Kilkenny for the last seven years. He's an avid baker who lives with his partner Gerard and pet dalmation.

     
  • STEPHEN CHISHOLD (22) is a business and economics student from Belfast, currently studying at Newcastle University. During his visits home, he loves to bake with his mother and family.

     
  • STEVE TWYDELL (42) is a special needs assistant from Sligo, originally from the UK. He has seven children and just became a first time grandfather and incorporates his passion for baking into his work with special needs children.

     
  • TOM WALTON (27) from Kilkenny, is a psychology research assistant at DCU. He says that baking allows his work with people with autism to show that you can achieve anything.

     
  • WILL DE KORTE (29) is a data manager from Limerick. Baking is in his blood - his father is a confectioner and his grandfather was a baker.

The Great Irish Bake Off On TV3 Laura Carroll
The Great Irish Bake Off On TV3 Laura Carroll
The Great Irish Bake Off On TV3 Brigit Harney
The Great Irish Bake Off On TV3 Brigit Harney
Biddy White Lennon,Anna Nolan and Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly, at the launch of TV3’s ‘The Great Irish Bake Off’, sponsored by Odlums at The Merrion Hotel,Dublin .The Great Irish Bake Off airs Thursday 19th September, at 9pm on TV3. TV3 launched ‘The Great Irish Bake Off’ at the Merrion Hotel Dublin, home of Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly. Paul will judge this year’s Great Irish Bake Off contestants alongside fellow judge, actor and food writer Biddy White Lennon. Pix Brian McEvoy No repro fee for one use
Biddy White Lennon,Anna Nolan and Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly, at the launch of TV3’s ‘The Great Irish Bake Off’, sponsored by Odlums at The Merrion Hotel,Dublin .The Great Irish Bake Off airs Thursday 19th September, at 9pm on TV3. TV3 launched ‘The Great Irish Bake Off’ at the Merrion Hotel Dublin, home of Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly. Paul will judge this year’s Great Irish Bake Off contestants alongside fellow judge, actor and food writer Biddy White Lennon. Pix Brian McEvoy No repro fee for one use

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