Saturday 21 July 2018

A contest that will not be half-baked

GBBO hosts, Mel and Sue
GBBO hosts, Mel and Sue

Tanya Sweeney

Have no fear: in the hotly-anticipated new series of Great British Bake Off (BBC1) there are plenty of favourites to choose from.

Handsome firefighter Mat admits that his greatest ambition in life is to own a dishwasher. Dream big, son!

Marvel as he douses one of his earliest creations in... gin.

Sandy teaches children from deprived backgrounds how to bake on a budget, and promises plenty of no-frills, tasty delights.

Unless she finds her show-off side, she may not last the distance.

Housewife Marie admits that, not too long ago, she couldn't boil an egg. Which should prove interesting.

Ian is the Dalai Lama's personal photographer in the UK and is a fan of having fresh bread every day. He also makes zip-wires and catapults for his children. A man of many talents, in other words.

No-nonsense prison governor Paul is already tipped to be a fan favourite, what with his love of 'sugarcraft'.

At 19, Flora is the baby of the group, but has experience that belies her young years. Already, she is poised to shine in this series.

Nadiya admits that desserts aren't a big deal in her family home; undeterred, she is giving the biggest baking prize in telly her all.

Originally from Lithuania, bodybuilder Ugne is promising to showcase her 'traditional' baking side. Finally, someone who might just be a match for Scary Berry.

Nurse Alvin professes to bake four times a week, which probably gives him an edge over his fellow contestants.

Proving that all of life is indeed here, trainee anaesthetist Tamal is routinely asked by friends and family to bake their wedding cakes. A seal of approval if ever we heard one. He's pretty handy with a syrup syringe, too.

And 53-year-old Dorrett has been baking for 40 years and dreams of going to the Cordon Bleu school in Paris.

And it wouldn't be GBBO, hosted by Mel and Sue, without a resident hipster: this year professional musician Stu, albeit briefly, picked up the mantle.

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