Yes! Not long now – just one week until Mel, Sue, Paul and Mary are back for another ten weeks of tense whisking, crimping and piping as the tent is re-opened for the fourth series of The Great British Bake Off.
MEET THE BAKERS
This year sees a first for the show as 13 bakers will enter the marquee in the first episode and, as the weeks go on, will be whittled down until just one remains and takes the crown from 2012 winner, John Whaite.
There’s not necessarily safety in numbers, either, as this baker’s dozen will have to work extra hard if they want to impress Paul and Mary and stay in the competition. That’s because, if they decide to, they could send not one but two bakers packing at one time. Harsh!
So, who are this year’s participants? Well, we have:
And you can find out more about this year’s bakers here.
THE FIRST CHALLENGE IS…
As always, the participants won’t be eased in gently: Mel and Sue are eager to throw them in at the deep end as the first Signature Bake sees them create a simple sandwich cake. Well there’s very little to go wrong with there. But of course the bakers have to decide whether they will go with the traditional option or put their own twist on the classic. However, will Paul and Mary appreciate the rather unorthodox versions?
Next, Ms. Berry sets Angel Food Cake for the first Technical Bake – but this proves to be a hellish task for some as they try their best to follow the recipe to the letter, with varying degrees of success.
Finally, there is of course the Showstopper, which celebrates all things chocolaty and is the bakers’ last chance to wow the judges with their skills. Sadly, though, one will fail to rise to the challenge and therefore be the first on their way home.
With over 16,000 amateur bakers having applied to take part in this series, the final thirteen are expected to be the cream of the crop. But, as always, I’m sure there’ll be a few disasters in the tent. And soggy bottoms all round.
It’s certainly going to be an exciting series – or should that be egg-citing?
Get it? ‘Egg-citing’…Oh please yourself!
The fourth series of The Great British Bake Off starts on Tuesday 20th August at 8:00pm on BBC2
Images courtesy of BBC, Love Productions and Des Willie – ©Love Productions