We're bursting with excitement about GBBO making a return to our screens! Find out more about this year's contestants...
Another year, another set of Great British Bake Off contestants – but all we know about them so far is their names, professions and a sentence about their baking history. Until now that is!
Some extensive research (and lots of Twitter stalking) has paid off, and we’ve managed to dig deep and find out more about this year’s bakers than ever before. From the blogs that give away everything we need to know about what they’ll be doing to win over Paul and Mary, to the Twitter accounts to follow to find out exactly what they’re thinking, this year’s GBBO bakers have never been so accessible.
Want to know who’s got the intricate skills needed for difficult showstoppers, and who will be winning the bread challenges? Look no further! Click through for the lowdown on this year’s hopefuls, and find out more about all the amateur bakers before tonight’s show here… …
Described as the 'fitness lover' of the series due to her bodybuilding past, Ugne (@ugne_bakes) already has a reputation as the healthy contestant to watch. And her blog shows just how virtuous she really is regularly experimenting with healthier recipes, including gluten free and dairy free bakes.
Writing on her blog (ugnebakes.com), Ugne said: 'My fitness lifestyle has certainly influenced the way I approach my baking! I'm forever pushing the boundaries, defying rules, to create healtheir bakes...One can say it's the ultimate indulgence without the usual extreme feeling of guilt!'
If these salted caramel, chocolate and passion fruit with chocolate ganache macarons are anything to go by, she'll have everyone converted to healthier bakes!
Described by many as the 'hipster' of the series (despite defiantly tweeting #notreallyahipster on his account - @stu_henshall), Stu is living up to his reputation with edgy blog 'The Alternative Kitchen' (thealternativekitchen.net). A cool black and white graphic theme accompanies perfectly-styled images of Stu's most recent bakes - and boy, do they look delicious!
These lemon meringue tarts are a firm favourite with his fans...
On his blog, he admits to always being a GBBO fan, because 'It has this awesome feeling throughout that it isn't cut throat like other TV programmes, the presenters are funny and it's a show about fat-filled carbs', before sharing that he used to bake cakes for the finals. Sounds like our kind of guy!
She's the youngest contestant in this year's competition, but 19 year-old Flora Shedden is already a seasoned professional. She comes from a big family of professional bakers, but won't be outshined. Another contestant with her own blog, Flora regularly shares images of her professional-looking bakes online at florashedden.com. The intricate design of the blog and beautiful style of her baking could be a mouthwatering sign of things to come...
Judging by what we've seen so far, expect nothing less than perfection from Flora!
A quick flick through Mat's Twitter profile (@matrileybakes) will pull up a wealth of information: he takes baking orders for his colleagues at the fire station he works at, he has quite the sense of humour, but most importantly - he's a real whizz when it comes to bread making.
From foccacia to ciabatta, scones to breadsticks, there isn't a bread recipe Mat hasn't mastered (except sourdough, but he's working on that one too!)
We spy a bread challenge winner right here...
Dying to meet this year's contestants? Find out more about the bakers before tonight's show here.