Great British Bake Off 2018: here’s all you need to know about the contestants

Every year we are tantalised by delicious breads, incredible towers of gorgeous cakes and delectable treats just waiting to be tasted.

That’s right, GBBO is back and the judges are set to taste all the incredible goods their contestants have in store – and all the nightmare mistakes the famed Bake Off tent can offer.

We’ve seen everything from lions made of bread to cakes which looks like watermelons, and boy, are we excited to see more.

And with a new cohort of contestants ready to try for the coveted Bake Off cake stand, there is one question on fans’ lips.

Who are the new contestants?

Antony

Age: 30

Hometown: London

Job: Banker

One fact about Antony: He grew up in India, where he learned to bake with his father, and he is "adventurous" about flavour.

He says: "All of my friends back home in India will be really surprised I’m on GBBO.

"They have known me to be a singer in a choir, a two piece band but never as a baker, so it will be interesting to see their reaction."

Briony

Age: 33

Hometown: Bristol

Job: Full-time parent

One fact about Briony: She was inspired by her Nan’s baking wisdom to get serious about baking in 2013, and uses YouTube tutorials to help her learn specific techniques.

She says: "If I was to make an illusion cake, I’d make a bouquet of flowers in a decorative vase.

"Made from fondant and buttercream, and 12 red roses."

Dan

Age: 36

Hometown: London

Job: Full-time parent

One fact about Dan: He is a self-confessed "perfectionist," and begins every creations with the aim of making it not just delicious, but also a thing of beauty.

He says: "I bake in the little spare time that I have, and often work on bakes over the course of several days.

"I never work to strict time constraints like those in the tent, so that was a real challenge for me."

Imelda

Age: 33

Hometown: County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Job: Countryside recreation officer

One fact about Imelda: She is one of four siblings and grew up learning to cook and bake from her mum in the family home, and is still surrounded by a big family.

She says: "If I had to invent a new crisp flavour, it would be chocolate and cheese onion, it’s the best sweet and sour combination."

Jon

Age: 47

Hometown: Newport, Wales

Job: Blood courier

One fact about Jon: He loves a showy bake – and a showy Hawaiian shirt too – and loves wowing friends and family with his creations which often see him experimenting with new techniques.

He says: "One of the things I have learnt through this process is don’t make anything too complicated, so I think my illusion cake would have to be a breakfast, a fullWelsh!

"So bacon, eggs, sausage, black pudding and lava bread."

Karen

Age: 60

Hometown: West Yorkshire

Job: In-store sampling assistant

One fact about Karen: Karen began her love affair with baking during the 15 years she and her husband owned a house in France. Now, she can knock up foot long eclairs to rival any French bakery.

She says: "I was approaching 60 and I found it really liberating to do something like this. As you get older you feel less inhibited, and think does it matter if you make a fool of yourself."

Kim-Joy

Age: 27

Hometown: Leeds

Job: Mental health specialist

One fact about Kim-Joy: Kim-Joy was born in Belgium to an English father and Malaysian–Chinese mother, she grew up in London, studied in both Bristol and Leeds, and now lives in Leeds with her partner.

She says: "None of my family really bake, it’s just me that bakes. My friends have always wanted me to apply, but I didn’t feel confident enough to apply until this year."

Luke

Age: 30

Hometown: Sheffield

Job: Civil servant and house/techno DJ

One fact about Luke: He has been baking independently since he was a mere 10 years old, making Victoria sponges, fruit cobblers and chocolate cake for his family.

He says: "I love to have music playing and always have my sous-chef (aka my dog Oscar) waiting patiently by my side for something to drop on the floor that he can eat before I have a chance to stop him!"

Manon

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Age: 26

Hometown: London

Job: Software project manager

One fact about Manon: She was born and raised in France, but it wasn’t until she moved to London as an au pair when she really got into baking.

She says: "When me and my best friend came to England, Bake Off was one of the first shows we watched together on TV.

"My best friend and flatmate, and my closest girlfriends that have always rooted for me and supported me throughout my baking journey."

Rahul

Age: 30

Hometown: Rotherham

Job: Research scientist

One fact about Rahul: He grew up in Kolkata and moved to the UK at 23, with both countries inspiring hi ‘East meets West’ style of baking.

He says: "Colleagues I knew during my PhD don’t have a clue that I can bake. Back in India I didn’t bake either.

"All of them and actually myself are surprised that I made it into the tent."

Ruby

Age: 29

Hometown: London

Job: Project manager

One fact about Ruby: Ruby lived with seven male housemates and university, and her love of baking flourished from cooking and baking for them.

She says: "Baking and music go hand in hand at home; I will always have music blaring, so it’s a pretty lively affair.

"I don’t like people stepping into my kitchen at home trying to ‘help’, it’s my zone – let me do my thing and then after you can enjoy the treats!"

Terry

Age: 56

Hometown: West Midlands

Job: Retired air steward

One fact about Terry: Terry loves to use the spoils from his own microbrewery and allotment in his bakes, as well as his background as a prosthetic technician to add a bit of science.

He says: "I have made a few illusion cakes in the past, but I would like to make an inlaid wooden box, like a jewellery box, inspired by my love of carpentry.

"The inspiration would be my love of antiques, I collect a lot of junk!"

The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 on Tuesday 28 August at 8pm.

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