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The Great British Bake Off 2018 – Preview

By Seasoned by Chefs

So its that time of the year again, when the nations favourite baking TV show returns to our screens, to ease us into Autumn with delicious treats. The Great British Bake Off (#GBBO) is back, and it looks like it’s set to be another great series.

The hit show will return to Channel 4 for the second time on the 28th August at 8pm, following its controversial move from the BBC in 2017. Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding will return to host the show, whilst Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will return to judge the new baking recruits.

Lets take a look at what this years line-up looks like.

– Contestants of The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

With just one week to go, Channel 4 have revealed the new bakers who will be battling it out to be crowned Britains best baker.

Meet the contestants:

Anthony Amourdoux – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Antony Amourdoux
Age: 30 – From: London

Describing himself as a “Bollywood baker”, Antony grew up in India, where he learned to bake with his father. It is his father who remains his inspiration – it’s thanks to him that Antony got serious about baking. Antony’s adventurous attitude to flavour profiling is the result of a willingness to try new foods, his determination to ask probing questions of established bakers, and – in particular – his cultural roots and his travels around the world.

His bold, inquisitive nature has enabled him to collect ideas and techniques that he is unafraid to use in his own creations, making his bakes at times unconventional and always interesting. He takes his research very seriously: he once tasted 50 choux buns during a single trip to Paris.

Briony Williams – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Briony Williams
Full-time parent
Age: 33 – From: Bristol

Born and raised in Bristol, Briony is a self-taught baker, inspired by her Nan’s baking wisdom and motivated by her determination never to let anything defeat her. Using YouTube tutorials to help her learn specific techniques, Briony has been baking seriously since 2013.

She is a whizz with puff pastry – a weekly favourite at home with her husband and daughter – and has created several wedding cakes and stunning, intricately decorated novelty cakes for friends and family.

Dan Beasley-Harling – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Dan Beasley-Harling
Full-time parent
Age: 36 – From: London

For Dan, the pleasure of eating begins with what we see. A self-confessed perfectionist, Dan considers aesthetic one of the most important aspects of his bakes – he begins every creation with the aim of making it not just delicious, but also a thing of beauty. While that can cause stress during the cooking and making itself, he aims for well thought-through results, with every bake created with a genuine and knowledgeable appreciation for the process. He is a full-time father to two small children, so home-baking is part of his everyday life. He sees it as a means to create family memories, as well as family mealtimes.

Imelda McCarron – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Imelda McCarron
Countryside recreational officer
Age: 33 – From: County Tyrone

Imelda is one of four siblings and grew up in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where she learned to cook and bake from her mother, in their family home. Now juggling a busy job and family life, Imelda spends her evenings and weekends making soda breads, biscuits and treats for her father and son, and cakes that she takes into work to share with her colleagues.

She lives surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins, which means catering for friends and family at large sociable gatherings is just part of normal, everyday life.

Jon Jenkins – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Jon Jenkins
Blood courier
Age: 47 – From: Newport, Wales

Welshman Jon loves nothing more than spending quality family time with his wife and four children and bakes in the kitchen as a way to relax after a hard day’s work. He loves a showy bake – and a showy Hawaiian shirt, too – and loves wowing friends and family with his creations.

Jon loves to research new ideas and experiment with different techniques to try and achieve something unique in his baking.

Karen Wright – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Karen Wright
In-store sampling assistant
Age: 60 – From: West Yorkshire

Karen began her love affair with baking during the 15 years in which she and her husband owned a house in France. Although she had baked with her mum since she was little, it was the local French patisserie that really inspired her. Now, she can knock up profiteroles, Religieuse buns, tartes au citron, and even foot long eclairs to rival any French bakery.

Karen is unafraid to experiment in her baking and has even been known to go into baking “frenzies” whenever there is a party or a BBQ, baking everything she can think of and freezing as she goes.

Kim-Joy – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Mental health specialist
Age: 27 – From: Leeds

Kim-Joy’s birthday falls on World Baking Day, which she takes as the surest sign there can be that she was born to bake. Born in Belgium to an English father and Malaysian–Chinese mother, she grew up in London, studied in both Bristol and Leeds, and now lives in Leeds with her partner.

Her bustling, mixed-heritage background is reflected in her open attitude to all styles of baking, loving rustic baking just as much as she loves creating cute bakes with an emphasis on detail. Her baking passion, though, is bread – she has turned her hand to pretty much every style and type of bread there is.

Luke Thompson – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Luke Thompson
Civil servant / Techno DJ
Age: 30 – From: Sheffield

Some of Luke’s earliest memories are standing on a mini step ladder so that he could reach the worktop to help his Nan bake. He has been baking independently since he was a mere 10 years old, making Victoria sponges, fruit cobblers and chocolate cake for his family. Now, inspired by early morning cookery shows and his travels throughout Europe and North America, he has tried his hand at almost every baking discipline going. His minimal and clutter-free attitude to life is reflected in the things he creates – his bakes are clean and precise.

Manon Lagreve – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Manon Lagreve
Software project manager
Age: 26 – From: London

Born and raised in France, Manon learned to bake with her mother and grandmother, who made everything from scratch – from breads to desserts and biscuits. However, although she grew up in a foodie French family, it was in London that Manon found her passion for baking, arriving in the city to work as an au pair and being blown away by the style and variety of bakeries that the city has to offer.

Now she takes inspiration not only from her French heritage, and her London discoveries, but also from her travels around the world. She creates bakes that are pretty and precise and have bags of personality.

Rahul Mandal – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Rahul Mandal
Research scientist
Age: 30 – From: Rotherham

Rahul grew up in Kolkata, surrounded by his family, and moved to the UK on a university scholarship when he was 23. Once here, he discovered an abundance of new flavours and cuisines that have inspired his ‘East-meets-West’-style of baking. As a research scientist, Rahul’s instinct is to undertake every bake with a forensic attitude to research and an uncompromising attention to detail. He is fascinated by the science of baking, but also loves to ensure (or at least try) that his creations are beautiful, full of flavour and structurally elegant, too.

Ruby Bhogal – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Ruby Bhogal
Project manager
Age: 29 – From: London

Ruby’s love of baking is the result of having become everyone’s ‘mother’ when she went to University, taking seven male housemates under her wing, cooking and baking for them.

Growing up as part of an Indian family, the youngest of four children, Ruby remembers childhood baking being about her mum making Jalebis’, an Indian sweet. Now she loves to gather friends and family together to indulge in her cakes and pastries, as well as her infamous spicy minced lamb pastry rolls. Her baking style is pretty relaxed and boozy and she will always try to sneak some into whatever she is making.

Terry – Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2018. [Channel 4 / Love Productions]

Age: 56 – From: West Midlands

Terry’s background as a prosthetic technician, as well as spoils from his own microbrewery and allotment, are all evident in his baking – particularly in the precision, science and flavour of his creations. The design and craftsmanship in Terry’s bakes are a testament to his background in fine art. However, it is family that lies at the heart of Terry’s baking journey.

As a small child Terry learned to bake with his grandmother; while his dad taught him how to bake bread and make pastry when he was only 10 years old. And it was his daughters, who finally encouraged him to take the plunge and apply for The Great British Bake Off.

The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens on 28th August 2018 at 8pm on Channel 4.

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