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Great British Bake Off 2020: Meet this year's lineup, which competes under strict COVID-19 rules


Channel 4 has introduced the 12 home bakers who will compete against each other in the eleventh season of The Great British Bake Off.

The new glimmers of hope are more diverse than ever before. The line-up includes a pantomime producer, a radiologist, a tank guard and an amputee who uses baking as a form of therapy.

In this year's edition, Matt Lucas will make his debut replacing Sandi Toksvig, who stars alongside comedian Noel Fielding and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

The upcoming series took place in a private Essex location after filming for five years at Welford Park in Berkshire. All cast members and crew members have undergone regular COVID-19 tests in an isolation bubble amid the pandemic.

The producers said they drew up a list of safety rules "longer than the Bible" before filming in Essex began. Executive producer Letty Kavanagh insisted that even packages of flour be cleaned multiple times.

Before entering the "biosphere", participants had to quarantine for nine days and then submit two negative results from coronavirus tests. They were retested at the venue. Everything that came in and out of the bake-off bubble, including luggage and grocery deliveries, needed to be cleaned thoroughly.

Let's bake! Channel 4 has presented the 12 home bakers who are starting the eleventh season of The Great British Bake Off (LR: Hermine, Sure, Rowan, Marc, Laura, Linda, Makbul, Dave, Loriea, Lottie). Mark and Peter)

Fantastic Four: In this year's edition, Matt Lucas will make his debut as he replaces Sandi Toksvig, who stars alongside comedian Noel Fielding and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

Fantastic Four: In this year's edition, Matt Lucas will make his debut as he replaces Sandi Toksvig, who stars alongside comedian Noel Fielding and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

Cornwall-born Marc, 51, joined the series to defy odds after losing his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2016.

The bronze resin sculptor credits baking cakes and pastries for healing the psychological distress of his injury after spending his youth climbing mountains around the world.

Aided by his daughters, the single parent who became a landscape photographer after returning to the UK has taken it up again four years after the incident.

"I was incredibly excited, happy and very, very nervous," said the support agent about his time in the famous tent. "(A special memory was) being surrounded by 11 other great people, all competing with me, and I just remember feeling the very positive and exciting energy in the tent."

In With the New: The upcoming series took place in a private Essex location after filming at Welford Park in Berkshire for five years

In With the New: The upcoming series took place in a private Essex location after filming at Welford Park in Berkshire for five years

Strict Rules: All performers and crew members who undergo regular COVID-19 tests in an isolation bubble amid the pandemic

Strict Rules: All performers and crew members who undergo regular COVID-19 tests in an isolation bubble amid the pandemic

West Sussex panto producer Lottie, 31, has branded herself a "perpetually frustrated perfectionist" who believes she inherited her love for baking from her Lancastrian great-grandmother.

While timing and decoration are its drawbacks, the yoga enthusiast prides itself on learning quickly with refined skills.

Lottie described her experience of working in the tent as follows: “It was strange going straight out of lockdown into another lockdown, but it was absolutely worth it and that first morning was utterly terrifying! As soon as I saw the tent everything felt a little too real! & # 39;

On the show, diagnostic radiographer Loriea, 27, from Durham will also compete for the grand prize. Born and raised in Jamaica, the Brainbox moved to the UK at the age of 15 and started baking with the help of her grandmother 10 years earlier.

Diverse: Marc (L), 51, from Cornwall, joined the series to defy odds after losing his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2016

In her blood: Panto producer Lottie, 31, from West Sussex believes she inherited her love for baking from her great Nan

Diverse: (LR) Marc, 51, from Cornwall, joined the series to defy odds after losing his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2016, while panto producer Lottie, 31, from West Sussex believes that she inherited her love cheeks from her great Nan

The macramé-loving candidate uses baking to express her appreciation for her Caribbean background and often relies on traditional recipes by pouring chili peppers, coconut and cinnamon over her creations.

Loriea, who has a hard time thinking when cooking, explained how well the competitors got along: “What stands out most is the close bond we have already forged and how supportive we have all been to one another, though they came from different backgrounds. Basically, it was like catching up with long-lost friends. & # 39;

30-year-old Dave developed a love of the arts when he moved out of his family home after years of dependent on his mother's food.

The armored security guard, who now lives with his girlfriend in their first home in Hampshire, divides his time between work, DIY projects and taking care of his pets when he's not boiling a storm in the kitchen.

Describing the competition as a “dream come true” Dave said, “I'm very pleased. It felt like a long setup and that there were many hurdles that had to be overcome first.

“My strengths are the ability to learn from mistakes, take criticism and use it to improve, while my weaknesses feel overwhelmed when clutter builds up and I struggle with backjargon…. And French words! & # 39;

They are joined by Hermione, 39, an accountant who moved from Benin to the English capital in 2001 for further training, digital manager Laura, 31, from Kent, who focuses on mastering “pretty and petite” creations, Rowan , 55, a music teacher from Worcestershire with a "swanky" baking style and London-based pharmacy dispenser Sura, 31, who is an expert in balancing fragrant and floral aromas.

Also in the tent will be Linda, the retired team leader from East Sussex, who is 61 years old and the oldest candidate of the year, as well as the youngest of the cast – 20 year old bookkeeping and finance student Peter from Edinburgh.

The line-up is rounded off by Northern Irish project manager Mark, 32, who experimented with baking during his student days, and Makbul, 51, an accountant from Greater Manchester, who took up cooking as a means of supporting his mother.

GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2020: WHO ARE THE COMPETITORS?

Amateur: Dave didn't start baking until he left his family after relying on his mother for food for years

Amateur: Dave didn't start baking until he left his family after relying on his mother for food for years

DAVE

Impressive: The French influence of the Benin-born Hermione gave her a love of high-end pâté

Impressive: The French influence of the Benin-born Hermione gave her a love for high-end pâté

HERMINE

Age: 30

Occupation: Armored guard

Why bake Dave first tried baking when he left the house after relying on his mother's food for years. He now lives in Hampshire with his girlfriend, his kitchen is full of Bake Off-inspired appliances and his strengths are bread.

Age: 39

Occupation: Accountant

Why bake Hermione was born in Benin and moved to London almost 20 years ago for further education. She made her first cake at the tender age of eight after helping her mother bake it for large family gatherings. The French influence in Benin gave Hermione a love of high-end pate.

Everything in detail: When it comes to her masterpieces, Laura focuses on mastering “pretty and dainty” decorations

Everything in detail: When it comes to her masterpieces, Laura concentrates on mastering “pretty and delicate” decorations

LAURA

Age: 31

Occupation: Digital manager

Why bake Laura started baking as a child and returned to art a few years ago. The Kent born Credits work under pressure to have a strong hope in competition. When it comes to her masterpieces, she focuses on mastering "pretty and dainty" decorations.

Of course: the oldest participant of the year only uses local products in her kitchen after growing up in the country

Of course: the oldest participant of the year only uses local products in her kitchen after growing up in the country

LINDA

Age: 61

Occupation: Retired team leader

Why bake Linda took up the hobby at a young age after frequent visits to her aunt's dairy farm. As a country lover, she believes that her strengths lie in home cooking and only uses local products in her kitchen.

There's no stopping her: Jamaica-born radiographer Loriea often works under pressure due to her job

There's no stopping her: Jamaica-born radiographer Loriea often works under pressure due to her job

Loriea

Age: 27

Occupation: Diagnostic radiologist

Why bake The Durham-based chef brings Caribbean flavors to her food after living in Jamaica for 15 years. She learned to bake from her grandmother and is used to working well under pressure.

Passionate: Lottie branded herself an "always frustrated perfectionist".

Passionate: Lottie has branded herself as an "always frustrated perfectionist".

LOTTIE

Age: 31

Occupation: Mime producer

Why bakef? West Sussex's Lottie believes she inherited her love of baking from her Lancastrian great-grandmother and often swapped toys for cookbooks as a child.

Hands-on: Bakery is Makbul's specialty, which he usually creates for special occasions like Eid

Hands-on: Bakery is Makbul's specialty, which he usually creates for special occasions like Eid

MAKBUL

Age: 51

Occupation: Accountant

Why bake Makbul, a self-taught baker from Greater Manchester, honed his baking skills through TV shows and famous post-cooking chefs to support his beloved mother. Pastries are his specialty, which he usually creates for special occasions like Eid.

Healing power: baking is therapeutic for the amputee Marc, who lost his leg in a motorcycle

Healing power: baking is therapeutic for the amputee Marc, who lost his leg in a motorcycle

MARC

Age: 51

Occupation: Bronze resin sculptor

Why bake Cornwall-based Marc joined the series to defy odds after losing his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2016. The bronze resin sculptor credits baking cakes and pastries for healing the psychological distress of his injury after spending his youth climbing mountains.

Fan: The contest's youngest hopefuls have loved the show since its inception in 2010

Fan: The contest's youngest hopefuls have loved the show since its inception in 2010

PETER

Age: 20th

Occupation: Accounting and finance student

Why bake Peter started baking when he was 12 years old and has seen the series since it was founded in 2010. The Edinburgh born student makes sure he incorporates his cultural background into his cuisine and is the competition's youngest hopeful.

Go big or go home: Rowan describes his baking style as "ostentatious"

Go big or go home: Rowan describes his baking style as "ostentatious"

ROWAN

Age: 55

Occupation: Music teacher

Why bake Rowan from Worcestershire is self-taught and specializes in French pâté. The teacher also likes to update Georgian-inspired recipes with his own interpretation of the 18th century and likes to decorate his masterpieces with flowers from his garden.

Spontaneous: Sura is by nature an improviser and especially likes to harmonize fragrant and floral aromas

Spontaneous: Sura is an improviser by nature and especially loves to harmonize fragrant and floral aromas

SURA

Age: 31

Occupation: Pharmacy dispenser

Why bake Sura from London pays homage to her Turkish, Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian and Indian heritage by experimenting with a variety of spices in her kitchen. An improviser by nature, she especially loves to harmonize fragrant and floral aromas.

Cooking Storm: Mark started experimenting with baking while he was a student

Cooking Storm: Mark started experimenting with baking while he was a student

MARK

Age: 32

Occupation: Project manager

Why bake Northern Irish candidate Mark began experimenting with baking while at university. As a project manager for research programs in the field of public health, he experiments with flavors from Africa and Asia after a working visit to the continents.

Last year, 37-year-old London-based David Atherton beat Steph Blackwell and Alice Fevronia (both 29) and was crowned champion in 2019 – although he never won Star Baker.

Filming for the upcoming season began in late July in the Essex countryside, just a stone's throw from Paul's Grade II listed Kent farmhouse.

The popular show was slated to go into production as early as April before the pandemic and subsequent lockdown ruined all plans.

However, Sky Studios CEO Gary Davey raised all hopes of the show's return in July when he revealed that filming was "going very well".

It has also been reported that the shows' judges and presenters went into quarantine ahead of filming to allow close interaction on set.

Wide choice: At 61, Linda, the retired team leader from East Sussex, is the oldest candidate of the year

Baby of the pack: The youngest in the group is 20-year-old bookkeeping and finance student Peter from Edinburgh

Wide Range: (L-R) At 61, Linda, the retired team leader, from East Sussex, is the oldest candidate of the year, while the youngest in the group is 20-year-old accounting and finance student Peter from Edinburgh

Although Prue is considered a high-risk coronavirus candidate at 80, he decided to make a comeback for the popular series.

TV sources previously claimed producers banned senior candidates who are believed to be susceptible to the virus. A source told The Sun: “Getting the next series of Bake Off in the can is very urgent considering this is one of Channel 4's biggest draws.

“That means the nation's backgrans and grandpas were deemed too risky. Bake Off's cocky contestants are often the centerpiece of the show.

"Val the cake would" listen "to train them when they were done, and the Septuagenarian Flo tap became favorites."

Kelly Webb-Lamb, assistant program director and head of popular facts for Channel 4, recently admitted that getting the show back on the air was an "enormous" accomplishment.

Passionate: 27 year old Loriea from Durham started baking 10 years earlier with the help of her grandmother

The finer details: The 31-year-old digital manager Laura from Kent concentrates on mastering “pretty and delicate” decorations with her masterpieces

Passionate: (L-R) 27-year-old Loriea from Durham started baking 10 years earlier with the help of her grandmother, and 31-year-old digital manager Laura from Kent focuses on creating “pretty and petite” decorations with her masterpieces

The TV manager attributed strict health and safety measures, testing and quarantine systems for the back hit's return.

Media personality Paul, 54, would like to continue using his branded handshake in the coming season despite fears of spreading the virus.

The food expert's handshake is widely considered a golden ticket for bakers looking to meet their high expectations or win the Star Baker of the Week. Kieran Smith of showmaker Love Productions confirmed that his iconic gesture will take place on the series.

The first time fans witnessed his congratulations was on the third series of the former BBC show. The program restarted on Channel 4 in 2017 and delivered him an additional seven handshakes in just one run.

Channel 4 has made it clear that they will adhere to strict security protocol so that all parties can handshakes to their hearts' content.

The new series of The Great British Bake Off starts on September 22nd at 8 p.m. on Channel 4.

Reign: One of 12 hopefuls will take home the coveted title of Bake Off Champion, which David Atherton won last year (picture)

Reign: One of 12 hopefuls will take home the coveted title of Bake Off Champion, which David Atherton won last year (picture)

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