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Steel your nerves for the threat of a soggy bottom or a sunken cake as The Great British Bake Off is back.
The hugely popular baking contest has continued its triumphant run at Channel 4 and we can’t wait to see what heights of culinary talents the bakers will reach this year.
Here’s all the latest news and updates on the 2019 series,
Who was voted out this week?
Week 3 Bread Week - Amelia
Amelia has experienced a Great British Bake Off 'break up' after leaving the show. The sportswear designer left the famous tent after a battle in Bread Week.
She was unable to rise to the challenge of tear and share, baps, and scored bread in the week Michael was named star baker.
Being sent home by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, Amelia said exiting the tent has felt like the end of a relationship.
She said: "The whole process of leaving the tent felt a bit like a break up.
"The sadness, the denial, a bit of it’s not you it’s me, so you have to remind yourself it’s still an amazing achievement."
Amelia has said she knew bread would be a weakness on the show, and failed to impress with her burgers in the technical challenge, or her scored bread in the showstopper.
She said: "It’s no surprise to me that I left on Bread Week, it’s never been my strength. I didn't rise to the challenge of bread week exactly, but I literally had so much fun.
"I tried my best and I would like to think that I’ve proved I’m a good baker.”
Hollywood said of her efforts: “Amelia is a decent baker and it showed in her showstopper – her idea was sound enough but it just wasn’t executed very well, and she struggled in the signature."
Week 2 Biscuit Week: Jamie
The 20-year-old student was knocked out after failing to impress judges during biscuit week.
He was undone by his decision to put an egg wash on fig rolls, and for the clumsiness of his guitar-shaped showstopper.
Week 1 Cake Week: Dan
Support worker Dan was axed at the end of the first episode of the new series after serving up a raw fruit cake to judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.
Afterwards he said: "I love fruit cake and it hasn’t put me off making one, but next time I won’t make it in three hours.
"I love the long process of making a Christmas cake and I feed it over the weeks and it always turns out a beautiful cake. I get lots of compliments from the family at Christmas!"
What is the Theme on this week's Bake Off? Tuesday, September 17th
It's Dairy Week and Prue and Paul have set three tricky challenges to test the remaining bakers.
There is a decorative Signature that involves a tricky turn-out; a complex Technical that dates back to Henry VIII; and last, but by no means least, an intricate Showstopper usually found at the centre of Indian weddings and celebrations.
Which bakers will impress Prue and Paul enough to keep their place in the tent. And who will be heading home?
What time is The Great British Bake Off on TV?
Bake Off is back on Tuesday nights at 8pm on Channel 4.
Who are the presenters and judges?
When the show moved from the BBC to Channel 4, it changed its presenters from Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins to Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, and on the judging side swapped in Prue Leith for Mary Berry, keeping only baking king Paul Hollywood.
Fans of the show were devastated when the changes were first announced, but the new line-up has proved a hit.
Who are the contestants?
Dan - OUT IN WEEK 1 (CAKE WEEK)
Job: Support worker
Bio: Dan says he is largely a self-taught baker, but has memories of watching his mother bake a Victoria sponge as a child and his army chef father coming to his school to teach how to bake and plait bread. He became serious about baking at the age of 21 while trying to impress his girlfriend Laura, who is now his wife, with a themed birthday cake. Dan, who lives with Laura and their three dogs, even made their wedding cake.
Baking style: He is a fan of the decorating process and he loves to produce awe-inspiring bakes.
He says: “I have been trying for a few years now, so finally I am here. It’s absolutely crazy, really amazing, I was so adamant to get on, it’s very hard to describe the feelings, all strange and surreal. And then when you are in the tent it all feels normal pretty quickly.”
Job: Online project manager
Bio: Helena’s introduction to baking came at a young age as she watched her Spanish grandmother in the kitchen, but it was moving to Las Vegas and living with a Mormon family for a school exchange trip that prompted her to start baking herself. Born in Ceuta – an autonomous Spanish city on the north coast of Africa – Helen was raised in Lanzarote and studied in mainland Spain, but now lives in Leeds with her husband and baby daughter.
Baking style: A fan of using American flavours such as pumpkin, pecans and maple, Helena also enjoys using Spanish flavours and is often inspired by Halloween in her bakes.
She says: “I won a baking competition at work and that gave me the confidence to apply. Although when I learned that I had got in I had a bit of a confidence crisis thinking, can I possibly be good enough?”
Jamie - OUT IN WEEK 2 (BISCUIT WEEK)
Job: Part-time waiter
Bio: Jamie was taught the basics by his grandmother and his parents, but it was after watching an episode of Bake Off and being inspired to make a plaited loaf that really saw his baking passion take hold. He was born and raised in Surrey with his identical twin and currently has a job as a part-time waiter before studying sports science at university.
Baking style: He is not afraid to tackle more technically challenging bakes such as croquembouches and croissants, but has a fairly traditional approach to flavours.
He says: “When they called to tell me it was a real shock, I really wasn’t expecting it at all. But a nice shock. All my mates don’t even know that I bake so they will get a shock to see me in an apron!”
Amelia - OUT in Week 3 Bread Week
Job: Fashion designer
Bio: Born to a Caribbean father and a half-British/half-Polish mother, Amelia has been baking for 19 years after watching her mother and grandmother creating beautiful cake decorations as a child. She grew up in Halifax and studied in Leeds and Leicester, and honed her baking skills while at university, baking for friends and college fundraising events. She currently lives in London and works as a sportswear designer.
Baking style: Inspired by her northern roots, she believes that freshly farmed produce is essential for a satisfying bake.
She says: “I have wanted to get into the tent since series one. It’s still not sunk in, but it’s a dream come true.
Job: International health adviser
Bio: Having grown up in rural Yorkshire with a mother who would always bake and refuse to buy a loaf from the shops, Dan was inspired to bake as a child. He became further interested in the art of baking after travelling to Malawi with his job as a health adviser, where he learnt to build an oven out of an oil drum and invented a cake that could steam cook over a village fire. He studied art and design before switching to nursing, and enjoys cycling and ceramics.
Baking style: His strengths lie in baking bread and he prefers robust flavours and solid bakes to fancy, colourful icings.
He says: “I have watched Bake Off from the start, and I have daydreamed so many times walking to work about being in it for such a long time. And when I got accepted it was such a mixture of emotions. Then I thought this is really crazy, am I good enough, will I have enough time to practice?”
Job: Geography teacher
Bio: Alice started baking at the age of 15 when a back operation for scoliosis left her unable to do sport. She lived in New Zealand in her early 20s, where she studied art and also perfected the art of a pavlova, before returning to the UK to become a geography teacher. She now uses her cakes in her lessons, demonstrating natural events such as coastal erosion and volcanic activity with her edible creations.
Baking style: She is keen on intricate and delicate bakes, full of flavour and enthusiasm and aiming to impress.
She says: “I have wanted to be in Bake Off ever since the show has started, but I wasn’t really good enough when I was 18. To be on such a big show doing something that you are passionate about is a huge thing. I also felt that to be accepted into the tent gave me the confidence to feel that I could bake. It was a dream come true!”
Bio: Henry became interested in all things culinary and baking at the age of 12, as he was intrigued by the Bake Off tent that was pitched up in his local park. He started experimenting in the kitchen and supplied his family, friends and teachers with a variety of bakes. Now studying English literature at Durham University, he enjoys feeding his housemates with his creations.
Baking style: He is fond of elegant bakes composed of delicate and carefully combined flavours.
He says: “I have wanted to get into the tent since series two. They filmed it at the end of my road, so I used to see Paul Hollywood when I walked past the tent to go to school in the mornings, so I really got into it. To be inside the actual tent was totally wonderful.”
Job: Print shop administrator
Lives: Tenby, Wales
Bio: Michelle, who grew up on a farm, has been a lover of baking since she was a child, watching her mother whip up traditional bakes. She now bakes almost every other day, whether it is a loaf of bread or a dessert for her husband and teenage son.
Baking style: Experimental flavour combinations are key, as well as the inclusion of seasonable vegetables and local produce, with a precise and finessed edge.
Job: HGV driver
Bio: This year’s oldest competitor, Phil took up baking seriously six years ago, but was always fond of baking bread in his home economics classes in his school days. Regularly baking four or five times a week, he focuses on breads such as focaccia, granary and brioche, but he also likes trying pastry and relishes the challenge of hot-water crust, puff and choux. Working early shifts as a driver means he is able to spend the rest of his day cooking for his wife and two daughters as well as baking treats for his motorcycle meetings with friends.
Baking style: A fan of breads in particular, he also spends time perfecting the art of decoration and piping, crafting delicately decorated cakes.
He says: “The most surprised (that I am in Bake Off) will be a couple who are long-term friends and they had been staying with us recently and said you make such wonderful cakes, but have never mentioned to me that I should go on Bake Off, so I think they haven’t a clue that I would be in it.”
Job: Marketing consultant
Bio: Priya, a self-professed perfectionist, started to take baking seriously 10 years ago as a means to relax, but her first foray into baking was in her youth at a baking club at primary school. A wedding present of a stand mixer seven years ago only boosted her passion even more, and she is known to toil for hours into the night baking bread and also for delivering bags of tasty treats to friends and family. She lives in Leicester with her husband and their two children.
Baking style: Priya has recently started experimenting with vegan bakes and likes to use tropical, fruity flavours.
She says: “I downloaded the application for Bake Off in 2012 the year I got married but I thought I would never get in. I applied again last year, and then this year I got in and it was so dreamy and unreal. I was in no doubt it would change my life. And it taught me to pursue the things you love, and you just have to go for it.”
Job: Theatre manager and fitness instructor
Bio: Michael was taught to bake by his mother using old, handwritten recipes passed down from her grandparents. Born in Newcastle, he was raised in Scone in Scotland from the age of seven and later studied in Edinburgh, and he considers himself Scottish. He currently works as a manager at a theatre company in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Baking style: He is inspired by the flavours of his Indian heritage and, although he has attempted nearly every discipline in baking, his strengths are in cakes and pastry.
He says: “This was the very first time that I applied, one night I applied as I was a bit bored, I never thought I would get to the audition process. So when I found out it was a mixture of shock and blind panic!”
Job: Veterinary surgeon
Bio: Rosie’s passion for baking started when she was given a baking book at the age of five, and it has continued into her adult life. When she is not treating sick animals, she can be found baking through the night to unwind and also to keep the practice nurses well-fed. The amateur baker grew up in Oxfordshire and studied at Cambridge, is married to her childhood sweetheart and has many animals, including ducks and chickens.
Baking style: She enjoys patisserie and her baking is inspired by her rural surroundings.
She says: “The nurses at work are going to be so surprised, they will have no idea. They asked me the other day would I apply again and I could honestly and categorically answer, no I don’t think I will!”
Job: Shop assistant
Bio: Steph took up baking when her grandfather inspired her thanks to his love of homemade bread. Although it has long been a hobby of hers, she really became serious around three years ago and is largely self-taught. She lives in Chester with her mother, and her passion for sports and wellness inspires her in the kitchen as she enjoys making healthier bakes, adding vegetables and fruit and lowering the refined sugar content and upping nutritional fats.
Baking style: She is particularly fond of biscuits, but her signature bake is a sourdough load using her starter, affectionately called Sammy.
She says: “It’s a bit like a lottery, it wasn’t really joined up thinking, I didn’t think that I would get in, I wanted to give it a go. It’s just beyond anything that I can imagine, because I didn’t really dream that I would get in, it has been the most incredible surreal experience.”
How does the competition work?
The Bake Off recipe remains comfortingly similar each year – a series of themed weeks based on biscuits, cakes, pastries and more knock out a different baker each week as they race towards the final.
Each episode begins with a Signature Bake, where the contestants make something they’ve practised before.
Then, they move on to the dreaded Technical Challenge, where they’re asked to follow a recipe with very few details included.
Finally, the Showstopper round sees each baker whip up a jaw-dropping delight in a final bid to secure their place in the next round.
Judge Paul Hollywood is always especially enthusiastic about bread week, other themes have featured Tudor revivals and Swedish week, and last year’s contest included the first ever vegan baking week.
The Great British Bake Off airs Tuesdays at 8pm.
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