Meet the contestants of The Great Irish Bake Off
It's about to get hot in the kitchen!
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.
- 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.