Meet the Bake Off class of 2017, including a research scientist, an amateur blacksmith and the show’s oldest ever baker

We unveil the first batch of bakers heading into the tent for Channel 4's GBBO

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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.

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UPDATE: Find out more about all the bakers by checking out their full profiles here

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

The Great British Bake Off 2017: meet the bakers

Kate Lyon

Great British Bake Off 2017 contestant Kate

Peter

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Julia Chernogorova

Great British Bake Off contestant Julia


Chris Geiger

Great British Bake Off contestant Chris


Flo

Great British Bake Off contestant Flo


Steven Carter-Bailey

Steven Bake Off 2017


Chuen-Yan
Yan


James Hillery

James Hillery Bake Off 2017

Sophie Faldo

Bake Off 2017 Sophie


Tom

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Stacey Hart

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Liam Charles

Great British Bake Off contestant Liam Charles