If you can't wait for Great British Bake Off 2017 news then you're in luck, we have some pretty exciting information to share with you.
Love Productions, the producers behind the hit baking programme, have announced that applications are open to find their next merry band of bakers, and that could include you. Applications are super simple, so if you think you've got what it takes then here's how to go about putting yourself forward for Bake Off 2017…
How to apply for Bake Off 2017For your chance to appear in the iconic Bake Off tent you'll have to kick things off by filling out an online form. The first round of information the producers are looking for are the basics you might expect: name, age, address etc. You'll also have to confirm your eligibility to compete in this section, which includes ticking off that you're over 16, you've never been a professional chef and you're not a commercial baker, of course.
Next up is where you can write in a little bit more details about your expertise with blank boxes to fill in on topics such as where you learnt to bake, who taught you, when you began baking seriously and whether you've got a signature bake – including details if so. At this stage the people at the Bake Off reassure applicants that they don't need to be professional writers to hit the mark, they just have to include plenty of detail about their passion for baking to peak their interest.
If you're always taking pictures of your creations in the kitchen then you'll be pleased to know the following section asks applicants to upload a few snaps of their favourite baked goods.
Think you have what it takes? To kick start the process you'll have to visit www.applyforbakeoff.co.uk. But you'd better be quick! This round closes on Sunday the 22nd of January.
What happens in the second round of Bake Off applications?
We can't say for sure, but according to previous years' reports the selection process is a lengthy one, with filming starting around five months after applications are submitted in January. Bake Off hopefuls are likely to be called by producers to chat through some of their answers in more details before being asked to come for a face-to-face interview if they perform well at this stage.
The face-to-face interview is the first time you'll be asked to present something for the producers to taste. In previous years this has required both a sweet and savoury bake from the would-be-star-bakers.
If you impress with your home baking you may well be invited to a technical challenge where you'll be popped into a commercial kitchen along with other amateur baking hopefuls to complete a blind technical challenge. This is to asses not only your skill but also how well you deal with the cameras being around.
Finally, if you've managed to hold your own through all the previous rounds, producers are likely to get in touch with you over the phone to let you know their decision.
This year the team at Love Productions are encouraging people to apply not only for themselves but to put forward their favourite bakers, too. So if you have a friend or family member who you know is passionate about pastry and mad about macaroons then now is your chance to show them highly you value their baking talents by submitting a form for them(and maybe if they're successful you'll be repaid in edible delights)!
Bake Off 2017: What we know so far
Last year we learned that the hit show will move from its home on BBC to Channel 4 this year, with plenty of changes in the judging line up too.
Following the announcement of the channel change Mary Berry, Sue and Mel all confirmed they would not continue to present Britain's favourite baking show. There are plenty of rumours about potential new judges, including Jamie Oliver, but one thing's for sure – Paul Hollywood is set to pick up the reigns again in 2017.