Who would have thought that a programme about baking would unite the generations and become a weekly no.1 talking point. This year, The Great British Bake Off have even made the headlines as controversy over Bakes Alaska tore through the famous Bake Off tent. Hosted by irreplaceable comic duo Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc and judges by master bakers Mary Berry (who went to school with my gran!) and Paul Hollywood, the programme which started back in 2010 on BBC Two has earned a spot on BBC One due to its incredible popularity.
For the first time, this year the Bake Off gossiping is being televised, with the help of the amazing and hysterical Jo Brand on An Extra Slice. We are all invited behind the scenes for previously unseen moments, disasters and giggles.
Previous winners: Joanne Wheatley; Edd Kimber; Frances Quinn and John Whaite have gone on to incredible careers in baking, appearing on TV, at food festivals and on the shelves of bookstores around the country. Here’s a look at this years remaining contestants (which unfortunately doesn’t include the loveable, never-deviating-from-tradition Norman):
Chetna from Kent brings us flavours from the East blended with perfectly executed bakes. After moving to the UK from Mumbai, she took to baking as a way of embracing life in the UK. Her Indian roots have gifted her with a rich knowledge of subtle spicing and powerful flavours what never fail to excite the judges palettes.
17 year old Martha from Berkshire is the show’s youngest even contestant. Despite claiming to have no idea what she is doing most of the time, she always manages to triumph. Don’t be fooled by her angelic charms – she is more than capable of stealing the show.
Richard from London bakes with builder precision. Pencil behind the ear and ruler at the ready, he constructs his bakes into a perfectly assembled work of art.. and they taste as good as they look.
Nancy from North Lincolnshire has many years of practice baking for her eight grandchildren. She is possibly the most laid back contestant the show has ever seen; never flustered by a slightly charred biscuits and laughs off an toppling cake tower.
Luis from Stockport bring Spanish flare to baking. His Mediterranean flavours and inventive bakes can be hit or miss, but when he gets it right, he shines.
My money’s on Nancy to win. Let me know who you think will bake their way to the GBBO title in the comments below.