THE COUNTDOWN TO THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2016 HAS BEGUN…

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If like me, you love The Great British Bake Off then I am sure you will be counting down the sleeps until the new series starts on 24th August on BBC 1.

According to the BBC a pastor, a hairdresser, a nurse and an aerospace engineer are among those who will be seen competing for this year’s Great British Bake Off crown.

Viewers will see 12 amateur bakers trying to impress judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood when the new series begins on BBC One on 24 August.

A teacher, a student and a garden designer are also among the hopefuls. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will return to host the show.

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  • Secondary school PE teacher Candice, 31, grew up in London in the pubs her parents ran. She now lives with boyfriend and pug in Bedfordshire. She was taught to bake by her nan and claims she usually bakes in her pyjamas.
  • Tom, 26, grew up in Rochdale and moved to London after university. He now works for The Royal Society of Arts. Having lost 30kg (4st 10lb), he still enjoys baking but believes in everything in moderation.
  • Garden designer Jane, 61, from Beckenham, south London, says she is up at 5am most mornings to bake bread. She learnt the art of baking from her father and grandfather, who owned a bakery in Hastings, Sussex.
  • Originally from Ghana, 30-year-old Selasi moved to the UK with his family 15 years ago. He now lives with his girlfriend in London, where he works as a client service associate in the finance sector._90796552_bake_off_val
  • Val, 66, is a former primary school head teacher from Yorkshire who now lives with husband near Yeovil, Somerset. She took over her family’s baking aged 15 and says she can make the classics with her eyes closed.
  • At 20, Michael is the youngest of this year’s contenders. He is from London but is currently studying politics and economics in Durham. His kitchen creations are also influenced by his family’s Cypriot roots.
  • Benjamina started baking nine years ago at the age of 14. She recently graduated with a first in economics and now fits her baking around a job as a teaching assistant in south London.
    • aborate cake designs and experimenting with different flours and flavours in bread.Lee, who lives in Bolton, is the oldest contestant at 67. He began his career as a builder but switched careers and has worked in pastoral ministries for the past 30 years.

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    • Rav, 28, claims to be “adventurous and experimental” and likes to use unusual ingredients. He is especially inspired by far eastern cuisine and enjoys vegan baking. The 28-year-old works supporting students at City University in London.
    • Kate, 37, is a nurse on an acute respiratory ward. Her passion for baking began as a child and she says she enjoys using the seasonal fruit she gathers with her children on her parents’ farm in Norfolk.
    • By day, Andrew, 25, works as an aerospace engineer designing jet engines for Rolls-Royce. He lives with friends in Derby and, in his spare time, tries to apply his engineering mentality to push the boundaries of baking.
    • Cardiff hairdresser Louise, 46, really got into baking when making cakes for charity bake sales at work. She enjoys creating elaborate cake designs and experimenting with different flours and flavours in bread.

‘THE GREAT #BRITISH BAKE OFF’ INSPIRED WORKSHOP…

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Wowcher have got an amazing offer for lovers of the Great British Bake Off. I don’t know about you but I am loving the celebrity one at the moment.

The voucher on offer is for £19 instead of £65 for an inspiring two-hour baking workshop in a class of 12 at The Sherwood Cookery Workshop, in my neck of the woods, Nottinghamshire.

The Sherwood Cookery Workshop is offering you the chance to join one of their fun Bake Off-inspired two-hour workshops, modeled on the technical round!

Pitted against a maximum of 11 other bakers, you’ll be provided with a series of instructions (Mary Berry style!) to produce a technical dish that’s as close to perfection as possible. You’ll get great feedback on how to improve, so you’re sure to have a blast and learn plenty! Most ingredients and equipment will be provided as well as vegan and vegetarian options if needed, although you may be asked to bring a few additional bits – just make sure you take a couple of empty containers and an apron with you.

They even award prizes throughout the day – how brilliant is that.