Bake Off: The Professionals – Who is Liam Charles?

Find out more about one of the Channel 4 baking show’s new presenters, former Bake Off contestant Liam Charles.

Bake Off: The Professionals is about to make its debut on Channel 4 – but who are its hosts?

Find out more about one of the presenting duo, Liam Charles, below.

[Read more: All you need to know about Bake Off: The Professionals]

Who is Liam Charles?

Bake Off: The Professionals hosts Tom Allen and Liam Charles

Great British Bake Off fans will be familiar with Liam (above right) as one of the bakers from the most recent series - its first on Channel 4.

Liam impressed with his bold and exciting flavour combinations and won viewers over with his emotional investment in his cakes.

The 20-year-old may only have placed fifth, but he was one of the stand-out stars of the series.

[Read more: Liam Charles 'almost sick' at Bake Off job offer]

He said his rapid move from baking to presenting took some getting used to.

“I would say that the first week was overwhelming and it did seem strange. I was used to the competing, but to be on the other side was weird. To be talking to the chefs when they probably didn’t want to talk at that particular time, as they were concentrating, was a bit strange at first.

“But after week two it was sound, as I knew when to talk to each team. I have loved it, I loved both sides of the work station in fact! And for sure I can relate to what they are going through.”

Who will he be hosting Bake Off: The Professionals with?

Liam will be teaming up with comedian Tom Allen to lead the new series of the show.

Tom has supported the likes of Sarah Millican, Michael McIntyre and Romesh Ranganathan on tour, appeared on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, and has even popped up in films including Starter for Ten and Tamara Drewe.

[Read more: Who is Tom Allen?]

Who has fronted the series in the past?

For this new professionals series, Channel 4 has decided to go down a similar route to the main show by putting a comedian at the helm.

The programme used to be called Bake Off: Crème de la Crème in its old home at BBC Two and had two different hosts across its two series.

Actor and TV presenter Angus Deayton hosted the first series before he was replaced by chef Tom Kerridge.

Channel 4 has kept long-running judges Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin on board for the new series.

Bake Off: The Professionals begins on Sunday, May 6 at 8pm on Channel 4.

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