The Great British Bake Off returns
It’s that time of year when people stop heading to top restaurants and cafés for cakes and pastries and feel inspired to try baking these treats themselves, thanks to watching The Great British Bake Off, which returns to BBC One next week.
When does it start?
The show starts on Wednesday 24th August at 8pm. The show will run for ten weeks before announcing who The Great British Bake Off champion is for 2016.
Judges and presenters
There are no changes with the judges and presenters. Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are returning to judge the show. Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will also be continuing their roles in presenting the show and providing the commentary on all the action.
Making the series
The series started filming in April, with an episode filmed each weekend. The marquee is situated in the grounds of Welford Park, near Newberry in Berkshire. The contestants were housed in a hotel while the filming was taking place but had to return to their everyday lives during the week.
Competitors come from all over the country and all walks of life. The challenges they face will be the Signature Bake, where the competitors show off their trusted recipes, the Technical Bake, where they show their technical expertise and the Showstopper Bake, where the results must both look and taste fantastic.
What happened to last year’s winner?
Nadiya Hussein, last year’s popular and well-deserving winner, has had a busy year. She has become a magazine columnist and regularly appears on TV. In addition, she had the very special task of baking a cake for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The future appears to be similarly full for Ms Hussein: she will be making a two-part TV show where she explores her culinary roots in Bangladesh and will also be a judge on the new series of Junior Bake Off. Who knows what winning will bring to this year’s victor?