Meet Dave, GBBO contestant and armoured guard

Meet the 30-year-old stepping into the Bake Off tent this autumn.

Great British Bake Off 2020 contestant Dave

This year’s Great British Bake Off contestants have now been revealed, with 12 amateur bakers stepping into the Great British Bake Off tent from September 22nd.


Among the line up for the 11th series of the Channel 4 show is armoured guard Dave, whose speciality lies in bread making and it  sounds like he might be aiming to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner David Atherton.

But will he knead to brush up on his skills in order to share not only a name with the 2019 winner, but a title, too?

Here’s everything you need to know about him.

Who is GBBO contestant Dave?

  • Name: Dave
  • Age: 30
  • Where is he from? Hampshire
  • What job does Dave do? Armoured Guard
The Great British Bake Off 2020 contestant
Great British Bake Off 2020 contestant, Dave
Channel 4

As a child, Dave rarely ventured into the kitchen to cook and relied entirely on his mum’s cooking.

It’s only once he flew the nest that he decided to teach himself how to bake. Now living with his girlfriend in their first home, he loves filling his kitchen with fancy gadgets.

The armoured guard 30, bakes at least once a week while listening to his favourite punk rock bands.

His baking style is innovative and imaginative and his strengths lie in bread, with pretzels, brioche rolls, and baguettes being his particular favourites.

He’s also quite skilled when it comes to decorating, and he especially loves a mirror glaze to give his bakes a professional-looking finish.

When he’s not baking, Dave can be found pursuing his other passions, which includes cars, DIY, and taking his dog and cat for walks.

What are Dave’s Strengths? “My strengths are the ability to learn from mistakes, take criticism and use it to improve. I am incredibly determined and see the positive in every situation.”

What are Dave’s weaknesses? “Weaknesses would be feeling overwhelmed when mess builds up and struggling with some baking jargon…. And French words!”

What has Dave said about joining Bake Off?

The 30-year-old as “very pleased” to finally get into the Bake Off tent, after the delay caused by the coronavirus.

He said: “It felt like a long build up and that there were many hurdles to overcome first. It was a dream come true walking in on that first morning.”

“[I was] looking forward to showing Paul and Prue my bakes and hearing those famous words, ‘On your marks, Get set…. BAKE!'”

Speaking of his fondest memories filming, Dave added: “I remember meeting Matt Lucas and realising that he was as nervous as I was being there. Meeting Noel was a lifelong dream so meeting him was something I won’t forget!”

The Great British Bake Off 2020 contestant
The Great British Bake Off 2020 contestant Dave
Channel 4

When asked who he’d choose out of the previous contestants to “bubble with” during lockdown, Dave said: “David Atherton because us Davids need to stick together and it’s a great name!”

Is that your way of telling us you’re going for gold, Dave? We’re watching you!

When is GBBO back?

The Channel 4 show will return for the 11th series on September 22nd at 8pm.

The network announced the news on the official Great British Bake Off Twitter account.

They wrote: “Put a little love in your tart. Join us on Tuesday 22nd September for the return of The Great British Bake Off!”

Filming for the series started at the end of July, with contestants and crew reportedly having to quarantine for 14 days.

The producers recently revealed the behind-the-scenes changes the show had to go through in order to work in the current climate.


The Great British Bake Off starts on Channel 4 on September 22nd at 8pm. To keep up to date with the latest Bake Off news, see here. If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV guide.