The Great British Bake Off FIRST LOOK: 12 new contestants take on a series of challenges

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The Great British Bake Off FIRST LOOK: 12 new contestants take on a series of challenges

A first glimpse of The Great British Bake Off season 12 was revealed on Wednesday as Channel 4 released stills from the first instalment of the 202

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A first glimpse of The Great British Bake Off season 12 was revealed on Wednesday as Channel 4 released stills from the first instalment of the 2021 series, which airs on September 21.

New images show twelve contestants baking up a storm beneath the famous white tent – pitched on the grounds of Down Hall – as they take on the first of this year’s challenges.

All fighting to be crowned winner of GBBO 2021, the contestants attempt to prove they’re the best baker the nation has to offer under the watchful eyes of judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, while hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding giggled away.

First look: A first glimpse of The Great British Bake Off season 12 was revealed on Wednesday as Channel 4 released stills from the first instalment of the 2021 series, which airs on September 21

First look: A first glimpse of The Great British Bake Off season 12 was revealed on Wednesday as Channel 4 released stills from the first instalment of the 2021 series, which airs on September 21

Season 12: New images show twelve contestants baking up a storm beneath the famous white tent - pitched on the grounds of Down Hall ¿ as they take on the first of this year's challenges

Season 12: New images show twelve contestants baking up a storm beneath the famous white tent – pitched on the grounds of Down Hall – as they take on the first of this year’s challenges

The series kicks off this month with Cake Week, and the newly-released stills show the star bakers trying their best to impress Paul, 55, and Prue, 81.

Clearly delighted to be back in action, Matt, 47 and Noel, 48, whip up excitement in the tent while getting to know this year’s contestants.

The bakers are first tasked with producing twelve perfect Mini Rolls, before uncovering ingredients hidden beneath a gingham cloth for the episode’s technical challenge.

They are invited to express their technical creativity by crafting cakes that defy the laws of physics.

Fighting to win: All fighting to be crowned winner of GBBO 2021, the contestants attempt to prove they're the best baker the nation has to offer

Fighting to win: All fighting to be crowned winner of GBBO 2021, the contestants attempt to prove they’re the best baker the nation has to offer

Watchful eye: The contestants bake under the watchful eyes of judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, while hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding giggle away

Watchful eye: The contestants bake under the watchful eyes of judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, while hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding giggle away

Tasks: The bakers are first tasked with producing twelve perfect Mini Rolls, before uncovering ingredients hidden beneath a gingham cloth for the episode's technical challenge

Tasks: The bakers are first tasked with producing twelve perfect Mini Rolls, before uncovering ingredients hidden beneath a gingham cloth for the episode’s technical challenge

Back in action: Clearly delighted to be back in action, Matt, 47 and Noel, 48, whip up excitement in the tent while getting to know this year's contestants

Back in action: Clearly delighted to be back in action, Matt, 47 and Noel, 48, whip up excitement in the tent while getting to know this year’s contestants

Creativity: They are invited to express their technical creativity by crafting cakes that defy the laws of physics

Creativity: They are invited to express their technical creativity by crafting cakes that defy the laws of physics

GBBO’s 2021 line-up was unveiled on Tuesday ahead of the show’s season 12 debut on September 21 on Channel 4 at 8PM.

Fans have been chomping at the bit to find out who will be competing in the tent this year, as teasers began dropping last week on TV and social media.

And more than half of the new line-up is inspired by its contestants’ foreign heritage – with a diverse mixture of cultures being brought to the tent, promising some exciting bakes to come.

Impressive: The series kicks off this month with Cake Week, and the newly-released stills show the star bakers trying their best to impress Paul, 55, and Prue, 81

Impressive: The series kicks off this month with Cake Week, and the newly-released stills show the star bakers trying their best to impress Paul, 55, and Prue, 81

Lineup: GBBO¿s 2021 line-up was unveiled on Tuesday ahead of the show's season 12 debut on September 21 on Channel 4 at 8PM

Lineup: GBBO’s 2021 line-up was unveiled on Tuesday ahead of the show’s season 12 debut on September 21 on Channel 4 at 8PM

Anticipation: Fans have been chomping at the bit to find out who will be competing in the tent this year, as teasers began dropping last week on TV and social media

Anticipation: Fans have been chomping at the bit to find out who will be competing in the tent this year, as teasers began dropping last week on TV and social media

Diverse: Between them, this year's cast come from far and wide, with family from Goa to Germany to Greece, as well as Cyprus, Kenya, Portugal and the Middle East

Diverse: Between them, this year’s cast come from far and wide, with family from Goa to Germany to Greece, as well as Cyprus, Kenya, Portugal and the Middle East

Vast: A vast array of professions will also be in the tent, from a Met Police Detective to a Software Developer to a retired Nurse and Midwife

Vast: A vast array of professions will also be in the tent, from a Met Police Detective to a Software Developer to a retired Nurse and Midwife

Youngest: The youngest of this year's wannabe winners is a 19-year-old vegan psychology student from Yorkshire

Youngest: The youngest of this year’s wannabe winners is a 19-year-old vegan psychology student from Yorkshire

Age range: The rest of the contestants range between ages 26 - 70

Age range: The rest of the contestants range between ages 26 – 70

Bubble: The Channel 4 show was filmed earlier this year with the contestants and crew placed in a COVID-safe filming bubble

Bubble: The Channel 4 show was filmed earlier this year with the contestants and crew placed in a COVID-safe filming bubble

Between them, this year’s cast come from far and wide, with family from Goa to Germany to Greece, as well as Cyprus, Kenya, Portugal and the Middle East.

A vast array of professions will also be in the tent, from a Met Police Detective to a Software Developer to a retired Nurse and Midwife.

The youngest of this year’s wannabe winners is a 19-year-old vegan psychology student from Yorkshire, while the rest of the contestants range between ages 26 – 70.

The Channel 4 show was filmed earlier this year with the contestants and crew placed in a COVID-safe filming bubble – the second time this has happened amid the pandemic.

A baker's dozen! The line-up for The Great British Bake Off 2021 has been unveiled, ahead of the show's season 12 debut on September 21 on Channel 4 at 8PM [L-R: New stars Elizabeth, George, Juergen, Crystelle, Jairzeno, Rochica, Giuseppe, Tom, Maggie, Chirag, Amanda and Freya]

A baker’s dozen! The line-up for The Great British Bake Off 2021 has been unveiled, ahead of the show’s season 12 debut on September 21 on Channel 4 at 8PM [L-R: New stars Elizabeth, George, Juergen, Crystelle, Jairzeno, Rochica, Giuseppe, Tom, Maggie, Chirag, Amanda and Freya]

GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2021: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

Dancing her way into the competition: Rochica's interest in baking developed when she was left unable to dance due to an injury

Dancing her way into the competition: Rochica’s interest in baking developed when she was left unable to dance due to an injury

Bread winner: Lover of traditional baking, Maggie's favourite recipe is bread

Bread winner: Lover of traditional baking, Maggie’s favourite recipe is bread 

Age: 27

Occupation: Junior HR Business Partner

From: Birmingham   

With a big Jamaican family on both sides, Rochica bakes in a way that reflects her Caribbean heritage. Rochica’s interest in baking developed when she was left unable to dance due to an injury. 

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired Nurse and Midwife

From: Dorset 

Maggie has an impressive collection of classic recipe books and loves recreating traditional bakes. Her favourite thing to bake is bread. 

Έτοιμο, σετ, ψήσιμο! George grew up in a close-knit Greek-Cypriot family where food was always a big part of family life

Έτοιμο, σετ, ψήσιμο! George grew up in a close-knit Greek-Cypriot family where food was always a big part of family life

GEORGE 

Age: 34

Occupation: Shared Lives Coordinator

From: London 

George grew up in a close-knit Greek-Cypriot family where food was always a big part of family life. His mum taught him to bake all the Greek classics, a legacy he’s now passing on to his three children.

Revving up the competition: Car Production Operative Lizzie loves baking cakes

 Revving up the competition: Car Production Operative Lizzie loves baking cakes

LIZZIE 

Age: 28

Occupation: Car Production Operative

From: Liverpool

Lizzie lives with dog, Prudence, in an annex in her parents garden and her baking comfort zone is cake. In her spare time she loves dancing.

Life-long dream: Freya has wanted to enter Bake Off since the first series, when she was aged nine and saw the tent in Bakewell

Life-long dream: Freya has wanted to enter Bake Off since the first series, when she was aged nine and saw the tent in Bakewell

FREYA 

Age: 19

Occupation: Psychology Student

From: North Yorkshire 

Freya has wanted to enter Bake Off since the first series, when she was aged nine and saw the tent in Bakewell. She likes to create plant-based bakes.

Pronto, impostato, cuocere! Originally from Italy, Giuseppe was inspired to bake by his father, a professional chef

Pronto, impostato, cuocere! Originally from Italy, Giuseppe was inspired to bake by his father, a professional chef

 GIUSEPPE

Age: 45

Occupation: Chief Engineer

From: Bristol

Originally from Italy, Giuseppe now lives in Bristol with his wife and their three young sons. He was inspired to bake by his father, a professional chef and loves using Italian flavours. 

Black Forest (Gateaux): Jürgen hails from Germany and bakes his own traditional German bread

Black Forest (Gateaux): Jürgen hails from Germany and bakes his own traditional German bread

JÜRGEN

Age: 56

Occupation: Computer Pro

From: Sussex 

Originally from the Black Forest in Germany, Jürgen moved to the UK in 2003. Unable to find traditional German bread here he decided to bake his own – and his passion has grown ever since. 

Locking it in: Chigs took up baking at the start of the first lockdown in 2020

Locking it in: Chigs took up baking at the start of the first lockdown in 2020 

CHIGS

Age: 40

Occupation: Sales Manager

From: Leicestershire

Chigs took up baking at the start of lockdown in 2020 teaching himself complex techniques by carefully studying online videos. 

Bringing the force: Cop Amanda learned to bake with her mum and paternal auntie

Bringing the force: Cop Amanda learned to bake with her mum and paternal auntie

AMANDA

Age: 56

Occupation: Met Police Detective

From: London

Raised in London with Greek-Cypriot heritage, the mother-of-two’s bakes are heavily influenced by Greece and the Middle East having learned to bake with her mum and paternal auntie. 

Midnight baker: Before he moved out of the family home, Tom's mum says she would often wake up to a sweet treat

Midnight baker: Before he moved out of the family home, Tom’s mum says she would often wake up to a sweet treat

TOM

Age: 28

Occupation: Software Developer

From: Kent

Tom’s mum has dubbed him the ‘midnight baker’ as before he moved out of the family home she would often wake up to a sweet treat… and a pile of washing up!  

Quadrilingual Crystelle! This home baker brings her diverse heritage to the flavours in her baking

Quadrilingual Crystelle! This home baker brings her diverse heritage to the flavours in her baking

CRYSTELLE

Age: 26

Occupation: Client Relationship Manager

From: London

Quadrilingual Crystelle is a baker who brings her wonderfully diverse heritage – born in northwest London to Kenyan born, Portuguese-Goan parents – to the flavours in her baking.

'Baking is like breathing!' Trinidadian-born Jairzeno spices up his baking with lots of Caribbean flavours

 ‘Baking is like breathing!’ Trinidadian-born Jairzeno spices up his baking with lots of Caribbean flavours

JAIRZENO

Age: 51

Occupation: Head Of Finance

From: London

Trinidadian-born Jairzeno says ‘baking is like breathing’. He loves using lots of Caribbean spices in his bakes. When he’s not baking he loves running. 

 

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