We're just hours away from the first episode of The Great British Bake Off and we can't wait to see how this year's bakers do at Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood's challenges.


This week's Bake Off theme is Cake Week, and stepping up to the plate is James - a 25-year-old nuclear scientist from Cumbria, who loves the technical side of baking.

So, will he have what it takes to be this week's Star Baker? Or will he crumble under the pressure of the Bake Off tent?

Read on for everything you need to know about James - one of the bakers in the Great British Bake Off 2022 line-up

Who is James?

James on Great British Bake Off 2022.
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Age: 25

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From: Cumbria

Job: Nuclear Scientist

Nuclear scientist James describes himself as a proud kilt-wearer, having grown up in the east-end of Glasgow before moving to England after university. The 25-year-old is a self-proclaimed board-game geek with a love of '70s horror films and music, which often reflects in his baking.

The Cumbria-based baker has come a long way with his culinary skills since first burning pancakes in his mum's kitchen and enjoys the more technical side. However, his signature style is 'child-friendly horror' and he's in his element when he makes his bakes his own.

When it comes to flavour, James loves anything autumnal from mixed spice and apples to caramel.

What has James said about signing up for Bake Off?

James never imagined he'd make it onto the Channel 4 baking show, saying: "To be honest, it still feels like a dream! I never thought I’d be considered and, now that I’ve met all the other bakers, still can’t believe I somehow made the cut – those bakers are crazy good."

Asked where gets his baking knowledge from, he added: "My mum taught me the basics and our constant back and forth of ideas has helped keep me motivated but it was after I moved out for university that I started to learn more from online videos and demonstrations. Once COVID hit, I just went baking daft and fumbled my way through as much as I could – when there was flour shortage… those were dark days for bakers."

When does The Great British Bake Off 2022 start?

The Great British Bake Off returns for series 13 on Tuesday 13th September at 8pm on Channel 4 and All 4.

The baking competition will then air on a weekly basis, with new episodes arriving on Channel 4 every Tuesday night.

Get to know some of the other season 13 GBBO contestants:

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