As Britain prepares to get its teeth into another series of Great British Bake Off, we take a look at all 12 bakers to get a taste of what we might expect in the tent this year.
The level of baking in the competition has been on the rise in recent years and both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have indicated that the new series will be drizzled with excitement. A pastor, hairdresser and a nurse will all be looking to cream their opposition as all 12 bakers use their culinary experience to add a dash of individuality to their creations, but can we pick a favourite before the flour has settled?
Secondary school PE teacher Candice (31) starts her bake off campaign by claiming she prefers to bake in her Pyjamas which could be the cherry on top of a sweet performance from the Bedfordshire Baker.
At 61 our next baker is much more experienced in the kitchen. Gardener Jane from south London is keen to show the kids how it’s done but the proof will be in the pudding as we head into the opening week of the competition.
Originally from Ghana, 30 year old Selasi, a service associate in the finance sector will be hoping his ratios are right in the tent as the bake off begins next Wednesday.
Val,66, a former head teacher now living in somerset wants to create classic bakes to secure her place in the final but will her recipes be past there sell by date compared to this year’s more inventive contenders?
At 20, Michael is the youngest contender and is looking to add the taste of his Cypriot roots to the competition. Will this dough eyed student have the creative flare to impress in the kitchen or will his ideas come out half-baked from the off?
Our next baker is Benjamina (23), a teaching assistant from south London with 9 years baking experience hoping she has what it takes to divide the competition.
The oldest contestant in the tent this year is 67 year old Pastor Lee from Bolton who is looking to blend experience with a lifelong passion for baking to be the first male winner since 2013.
28 year old Rav claims to be ‘Adventurous and experimental’ in the kitchen which sounds like a disaster in the making , can she harness her creative flare or will she knead a little help along the way?
Kate (37) will be popular with the public as a Nurse working for the NHS who enjoys cooking with seasonal fruit. With her children egging her on this pastry expert has all the ingredients needed to be a bake off champion. she is the Oddschecker pick to take the Bake Off crown.
Aerospace Engineer Andrew (25) from Derby is hoping exact measurements and his eye for precision will be enough to secure a place in the final stages of the competition, but could a lack of creativity put his baking career on the back burner?
Finally from Cardiff, hairdresser Louise (46) is hoping her passion for baking bread will be proof enough that she deserves the crown of Great British Bake off winner 2016.
Based on background and popularity with the public we're putting rising star Kate as our provisional favourite, but with the baking yet to begin the odds could go either way.