It’s that time of year again, when nothing beats the return of The Great British Bake Off to warm our hearts.
As if the revelation of the GBBO 2023 start date wasn’t enough to get us excited, the participants have now been unveiled.
So be ready to meet this year’s cast, who will enter the tent to bake to their hearts’ delight while meeting judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith, as well as presenters Noel Fielding and Alie Hammond.
As always, the cast is a stunningly diverse and undeniably accomplished group of bakers, ranging from a student to a vegetable grower, a professional accountant, and a PE instructor.
So, who will wow the judges the most in the hopes of winning Series 14? Let the rumour mill begin!
Without further ado, please welcome the GBBO 2023 cast.
Abbi is from Cumbria and works as a vegetable farmer and delivery driver, so we have a hunch she has some cool cooking techniques up her sleeve.
Born in Yorkshire, the 27-year-old developed an interest in baking while learning the skill from her mother when she was a teenager.
She was drawn to Victorian-era bakes, such as classic steamed puddings and fruit cakes, and now employs seasonal ingredients while drawing inspiration from her surroundings in the English countryside.
Amos, the deli and grocery manager, has a wide range of interests, from movies and theatre to amusement parks. So, will he bring his adrenaline-fueled enthusiasm to the Bake Off tent?
Amos grew raised in Nottingham and now lives in North London, but his passion for baking dates back to his youth, when he watched his mother’s ability to whip up wonderful bakes at the last minute.
According to his description, this baker would bring a lot of colour and invention to his bakes, characterising his approach as ‘traditional with a modern touch’.
Bake Off participants, beware: we have a cake aficionado among us.
Cristy, a mother of four and a PA, is frequently found baking a cake for the next birthday party or celebration, with her tastes carrying a punch thanks to her Israeli origin and her husband’s Jamaican roots.
Cristy describes her baking style as “enchanted and pretty,” and she enjoys taking her decorating abilities to the next level. With the ability to solve a Rubik’s cube in under four minutes, you know her mind must be operating at superhuman speed.
Dan, a civil engineering resource planner from Cheshire, has honed his culinary skills for the past 16 years, ever since he gained an interest in cooking while travelling in South America in 2007.
Pies, pudding and patisserie are the name of the game for Dan, with the baker being given expert guidance on how to make a shortcrust pastry thanks to his mother-in-law.
Baking is one of Dan’s many interests, which also include playing football with his two young sons, working out at the gym and foraging… while also delving into his hundreds of cookbooks.
For almost a decade, Dana has shown a passion for baking, having first gained her passion for the art when she was 16 years old.
The now-25-year-old, who works as a database administrator from Essex, decided to experiment with her family’s repertoire of traditional Indian cooking, and is now her family’s go-to person for making cakes for celebrations.
You can expect Dana to come ready with an exciting twist for her bakes, incorporating spices inspired by her Indian heritage into her creations, while going for minimalist designs.
We all know how proficient scientists can be in the Bake Off tent – and this year, we have another one in the form of chemist Josh, a post-doctoral research associate from Leicestershire.
Josh likes to take inspiration from classic bakes and give them a dash of reinvention with a modern twist, merging the old recipes with seasonal fruits and vegetables from his kitchen garden.
He’s played rugby for his local team for more than 15 years – and lucky for them, they get to taste his delicious bakes on a monthly basis.
Keith, a chartered accountant from Hampshire, has been baking since he was a boy, when he learned to bake alongside his mother.
He looks to be attempting to outdo Paul in the bread-making department, since he’s been honing his talents.
Keith has also been experimenting with recipes from the 1970s to see if he can master bakes that he formerly thought were beyond tough for him. We adore a competitor that isn’t scared to face a challenge!
Matty may spend his days as a teacher in Cambridgeshire dazzling his students in PE and science, but every night before bed, he enjoys watching online patisserie videos.
His passion of baking was cemented when his late grandmother gave him a teddy bear-shaped cake for his fourth birthday – and now he’s the one his family turns to for cake requests when they have festivities, including his own future wedding to his fiancée Lara.
Matty favours conventional tastes, but as many Bake Off viewers know, sticking to what you know may sometimes be the formula for genuine perfection.
Another baker who was inspired by their family while finding their passion of baking is retired cabin crew and volunteer Nicky from the West Midlands, who recalls rolling out pastries and creating cakes at her Gran’s kitchen table as a child.
Nicky still enjoys creating wonderful pastries, but she is also well-known in her family for producing birthday cakes for her niece and grandkids, as well as being a skilled baker.
As if she wasn’t already wholesome enough, she also helps with her dog, Bracken, at a pet-therapy organisation.
Rowan, a 21-year-old West Yorkshire student, is pursuing a degree in English literature.
When he isn’t reading a book, he enjoys baking and mixology, with cocktail talents to dazzle his university mates.
Rowan, who enjoys baking scones, pork pies, shortbreads, and traditional jam tarts, built his own 21st birthday cake, which had three tiers and 12 layers. We’re excited to see what Showstoppers he pulls from the bag!
Saku, a Herefordshire intelligence analyst, was born in Sri Lanka and enjoys baking with traditional spices from her roots.
Saku began baking in 2003, when she relocated to the UK with her husband, and uses curry spices in her pies as well as cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg in her sweet bakes.
The self-taught baker has honed her abilities to the point that she can now duplicate shop goodies for her children’s lunchboxes. We’re speechless!
Tasha is the Bake Off’s first deaf candidate, and she used to bake cakes for her classmates in high school after growing up crafting icing-covered fairy cakes with her mother and grandmother.
Her food technology teacher took note and encouraged her to continue honing her culinary abilities, which she has done while working as a participation officer in Bristol.
Tasha infuses her baking with an adventurous spirit, as well as her life, via her love of globetrotting and her enthusiasm for the theatre, where she escapes into other realms by seeing West End performances.
The Bake Off judges have learnt sign language, and Tasha will be accompanied by Daryl, her BSL translator.
The Great British Bake Off returns on Tuesday September 26 at 8pm on Channel 4.
Source My Celebrity Life.