The Great British Bake Off, returns to our screens this evening at 8pm on Channel 4. Hosted by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig with Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith as the expert judges, the show will see some of the best amateur bakers in the UK compete for the winner’s title.
This year, the line up of 12 contestants includes not just one, but FOUR people from Yorkshire.
Luke Thompson is a Civil Servant and Techno DJ from Sheffield. Luke, who is now 30 years old, spent much of his childhood baking traditional English cakes and puddings with his Nan and has been an avid baker ever since.
Kim-Joy is a 27 year old Mental health specialist from Leeds who was born in Belgium to an English father and a Malaysian-Chinese mother. Her mixed heritage has given her an open attitude towards baking and will no doubt be reflected in some of the challenges.
Rahul Mandal, a 30 year old Research Scientist from Rotherham was born and raised in India before he moved to the UK on a student scholarship. He promises to incorporate flavours of the East into some of the traditionally western recipes.
60-year old In-store Sampling Assistant, Karen White, is from West Yorkshire but has a passion for French-style baking after owning a house in France for 15 years. Her style was very much inspired by a local French patisserie, so we expect her to do some marvellous things with choux pastry!
At The Yorkshire Press, we’re rooting for all four of these contestants and hoping that one of them will go on to win The Great British Bake Off 2018. Best of luck!