It’s that time of year again – nothing could warm our hearts more than the return of The Great British Bake Off.
As if we weren’t already buzzing with excitement after the 2023 launch date for GBBO was announced, the participants have now also been announced.
So prepare to meet this year’s cast as they enter the tent to bake to their heart’s content as they meet judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith, as well as presenters Noel Fielding and Alison Hammond.
From a student to a vegetable grower, an accountant to a gym teacher – as always – the cast is a wonderfully diverse and undoubtedly talented group of bakers.
So who will impress the judges the most and hope to become the Season 14 winner? Let the speculation begin!
Without further ado, let us introduce you to your 2023 GBBO lineup.
Abbi is from Cumbria and works as a vegetable grower and delivery driver – so we have a feeling she’s got some neat tricks up her sleeve in the kitchen.
The Yorkshire-born 27-year-old became interested in baking when she learned the craft from her mother as a teenager.
She had a particular fondness for Victorian-era baked goods – think traditional steamed puddings and fruit cakes – and now uses seasonal ingredients while drawing inspiration from her surroundings in the English countryside.
Deli and grocery store manager Amos has a wide range of interests, ranging from film and theater to theme parks. So will he bring as much adrenaline-pumping excitement to the Bake Off tent?
Amos grew up in Nottingham and now lives in north London. His love of baking dates back to his childhood, when he witnessed his mother’s talent for making incredible baked goods at the last minute.
From the sounds of it, this baker will be bringing a lot of color and innovation to his baked goods, describing his style as “traditional with a modern twist.”
Bake Off contestants – be warned because we have a cake connoisseur in our midst.
Cristy, who is a mother of four and works as an assistant, often bakes a cake for the last birthday party or celebration. Her flavors are impressive as she draws inspiration from her Israeli heritage and her husband’s Jamaican heritage.
Describing her baking style as charming and pretty, Cristy loves taking her decorating skills to the next level – and with the ability to solve a Rubik’s Cube in under four minutes, you know her mind must be working at superhuman speeds.
Dan, a civil engineer resource planner from Cheshire, has been honing his culinary skills over the past 16 years since he discovered his interest in cooking during a trip to South America in 2007.
Cakes, puddings and pastry are the name of the game for Dan, with the baker receiving expert guidance on how to make a shortcrust pastry thanks to his mother-in-law.
Baking is one of Dan’s many interests, which also include playing soccer with his two young sons, working out at the gym, and foraging… and he also keeps busy with his hundreds of cookbooks.
Dana has had a passion for baking for almost a decade, developing her passion for the art at the age of 16.
The now 25-year-old, who works as a database administrator in Essex, decided to experiment with her family’s repertoire of traditional Indian cuisine and is now her family’s go-to person when it comes to baking cakes for celebrations.
You can expect Dana to bring an exciting twist to her baked goods, incorporating spices inspired by her Indian heritage into her creations while opting for minimalist designs.
We all know how skilled scientists can be in the Bake Off tent – and this year we have another in the form of chemist Josh, a postdoctoral researcher from Leicestershire.
Josh enjoys taking inspiration from classic baked goods and giving them a touch of reinvention with a modern twist by combining the old recipes with seasonal fruits and vegetables from his vegetable garden.
He’s been playing rugby for his local team for more than 15 years – and luckily they get to try his delicious baked goods every month.
Keith, a chartered accountant from Hampshire, has been baking since he was a child when he learned to bake from his mother.
It looks like he is trying to give Paul a run for his money as he has been working hard on his bread baking skills.
Keith has also delved into recipes from the 1970s to see if he can conquer baked goods that once seemed too difficult for him. We love a competitor who isn’t afraid of a challenge!
As a teacher in Cambridgeshire, Matty may spend his days teaching his schoolchildren about sport and science, but watching online patisserie videos every night before bed is his age-old pastime.
His love of baking was cemented on his fourth birthday when his late grandma baked him a cake shaped like a teddy bear – and now he’s the one his family turns to for cake requests when they have celebrations, including his upcoming wedding, fiancée Lara .
Matty prefers traditional flavors – but as all Bake Off fans know, sometimes sticking with what you know can be the recipe for true excellence.
Another baker who was inspired by her family when she discovered her love of baking, retired West Midlands flight attendant and volunteer Nicky, remembers rolling out pastries and decorating cakes at her grandmother’s kitchen table as a little girl.
Nicky still loves baking good pastries, but is also known in her family for baking birthday cakes for her niece and grandchildren and being a master at baking bread.
As if she didn’t sound healthy enough, she also volunteers for an animal therapy charity with her dog Bracken.
Rowan, a 21-year-old student from West Yorkshire, is currently studying English Literature.
However, when he doesn’t have a book in hand, baking is his specialty, as well as mixology and cocktail skills to impress his uni friends.
Rowan loves baked goods such as scones, pork pies, shortbreads and traditional jam tarts and made his own cake for his 21st birthday which was three tiers and twelve layers. We can’t wait to see what showstoppers he pulls out!
Saku, an intelligence analyst from Herefordshire, was born in Sri Lanka and enjoys using traditional flavors from her heritage in her baking.
From curry spices in her cakes to cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg in her sweet baked goods, Saku only started baking in 2003 when she moved to the UK with her husband.
The self-taught baker has honed her skills so much that she is now able to recreate snacks she saw at the supermarket for her children’s lunchboxes. We are in awe!
While Tasha grew up baking icing-covered fairy cakes with her mom and grandma, Tasha also baked cakes for her friends in high school.
Her food technology teacher took notice and encouraged her to further develop her cooking skills – and she has done so, currently working as a participation officer in Bristol.
Through her love of globetrotting and passion for theatre, Tasha exudes an adventurous spirit both in her baking and in her life, escaping to new worlds by attending West End shows.
The Great British Bake Off returns on Tuesday September 26th at 8pm on Channel 4.
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