This year’s group of baking fanatics include a veterinary surgeon, fashion designer and HGV driver.
The UK’s favourite food show will soon return to our screens and Channel 4 has released the trailer for the upcoming series.
The upbeat trailer – set to the Beatles track, All Together Now – shows the nation overcome with 'Bake Off Fever', coming together to bake everything from cookies, to cakes, to choux pastry.
A new batch of fresh-faced amateur bakers will enter the tent, hoping to raise the coveted trophy and show off their love for baking.
Here’s the (not quite) baker's dozen of dynamic dough punchers:
Here come the girls!
1. Kim-Joy, 27, a Mental Health Specialist from Leeds
Kim-Joy applied after prompting from her partner Nabil, she is an avid bread baker.
There is something for everyone with some Christmas crackers in the line-up and retiring to your sofa after a stressful day’s shopping is sure to get you in the festive spirit.
“It’s a totally different beast,” she insists.
The Big Family Cooking Showdown, which is presented by Hussain and Zoe Ball, pits 16 families against each other in weekly culinary crusades, judged by chefs Rosemary Schrager and Bruno Locatelli.
“It’s about family cooking and different cultures. There’s baking involved depending on who wants to bake,” she explains.
The ten-part series is due to launch in the autumn.
James Purnell: ‘From a PSB perspective, we now see a real chasm between the way we are going to be regulated.
‘The Charter agreement is a set of incredibly detailed guidance to Ofcom – children’s programmes, history, religion, current affairs, 100-plus quotas.
‘We wouldn’t wish that on Channel 4, but, looking at what has happened with Bake Off, there is a huge difference between the way we are regulated, and… now there is a question about whether that is right.
‘Channel 4’s lighter touch should be looked at.’
1. Deutschland ‘83
Available on All 4
Off to The Club at The Ivy for Sue Perkins’s book launch of Spectacles. It turns out that Sue had a penchant for kilts as a child. Who knew? The room is full of talented, inspirational women.
I’m thrilled to meet the legend that is Mary Berry, though she, Mel and Sue remain professionally tight-lipped about who is going to win Bake Off. I’m rooting for Nadiya.