The contestants heading into the tent for Channel 4’s first ever series of The Great British Bake Off include a research scientist, a student, an amateur blacksmith and the show’s oldest ever baker – 71-year-old retired factory worker Flo, who took up baking again two years ago when her husband passed away.
The youngest of this year’s 12 bakers, meanwhile, is 19-year-old student Liam. He’s baked for four years and is known as the ‘Cake Boy’ amongst his university friends.
The Great British Bake Off 2017 contestant Liam
Not far behind him is 21-year-old Julia. Originally from Kemerovo, Siberia, Julia lives with her husband Matt in West Sussex and taught herself to bake from a young age.
There’s also 46-year-old Laboratory Research Scientist Yan who lives with her wife, cat and her sourdough starter called ‘Muvver’ (yes, really) in North London.
Lifelong baking enthusiasts include Tom, a 29-year-old from Edinburgh who also enjoys fresh water swimming and horse riding when he’s not making fresh shortbread, and Hertfordshire lad Steven, 34, who’s been baking for 25 years and credits his mum as instilling the passion in him.
The Great British Bake Off 2017 contestant Tom
“Bald baking banker” James, 46, from Essex grows vegetables on his allotment when he’s not in Canary Wharf, and says his dad taught him to bake 40 years ago.
Also in the mix is 29-year-old Kate from Merseyside who has only been baking for two years and works as a Health and Safety Inspector. She also enjoys being a blacksmith in her spare time (as you do).
The Great British Bake Off 2017 contestant Kate
There’s also Peter, a 52-year-old IT Programme Manager from Essex who’s been baking for eight years and Chris, 50, from Bristol who works as a software developer.
Completing the line-up are 33-year-old Sophie from Surrey, who used to be in the British Army as an Officer in the Royal Artillery, and former school teacher and mum of three Stacey, 42, from Hertfordshire.