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The Great British Bake Off contestants 2021: Who’s in this year’s line-up?
Bake Off is back! Meet the GBBO contestants for 2021 and see who has left the tent so far.
On your marks, get set, bake!
The tent is up, the ovens are on and the mixers are primed for action.
Discover who’s in this year’s Great British Bake Off cast and see who’s waved goodbye to the tent so far.
Great British Bake Off contestants 2021
Amanda is a 56-year-old detective in the Metropolitan Police.
Raised in London with Greek-Cypriot heritage, she baked with her mum as a child and learned about Greek baking from her paternal aunt.
She loves painting directly on her cakes to give them a feminine aesthetic, inspired by her two daughters.
Chigs, 40, is a sales manager from Leicestershire.
He only took up baking at the start of lockdown in 2020, teaching himself complex techniques using online videos.
He relishes thrill-seeking activities such as bouldering, skydiving and trekking, and loves spending time with his nephews.
Crystelle is a 26-year-old client relationship manager from London.
She’s quadrilingual and was born in the capital to Kenyan-born, Portuguese-Goan parents – a heritage which influences her baking flavours.
She began baking three years ago and loves infusing spices from the places she’s visited into her bakes.
Freya - left in week five
Freya is a student from North Yorkshire.
The 19-year-old lives with her parents while she studies for her psychology degree so she can care for her horse, Winnie.
She started making plant-based bakes for her dad last year and her goal is to bake so that no-one can tell the results are vegan.
After her exit, she said: "Genuinely, I think it’s the best experience of my life.
"I do feel really proud just to keep up. To get to week [five] and being vegan, I’ve achieved what I set out to do."
George is 34 and a shared lives co-ordinator from London.
He grew up in a Greek-Cypriot family and his mum taught him to bake – a legacy he’s passing on to his three children.
His flavours often include home-grown herbs and he loves all the Greek classics.
Chief engineer Giuseppe, 45, is originally from Italy and now lives in Bristol with his wife and three young sons.
His father was a professional chef, and Giuseppe loves to use Italian flavours in his bakes – while bringing his engineer’s precision to the results.
When he’s not baking, Giuseppe loves design, architecture and gardening.
Jairzeno - left in week two
Jairzeno, 51, is a head of finance from London.
He moved to the UK from Trinidad & Tobago 15 years ago and loves using lots of Caribbean spices. He also obsesses over flavour combinations, with guava and chocolate a firm favourite.
Away from baking, he loves to run and ran the London Marathon in 2012.
After leaving the show, Jairzeno reflected: "In the first challenge I really did run out of time and I was rushing around, although I finished it didn’t have my usual presentation. In the technical I overbeat the mixture and that didn’t go in my favour. The mast on my boat fell down in the Showstopper and I lost a sail so it didn’t look as great at the end as all the other Bakers.
"I kind of knew there and then it was time to go. In the future I will make biscuits that don’t involve engineering!"
Jürgen is an IT professional from Sussex.
The 56-year-old is originally from the Black Forest in Germany and moved to the UK in 2003. When he couldn’t find traditional German bread in his adopted home he decided to bake his own – and his passion for baking has grown ever since.
He is known for his Jewish challah bread and celebration cakes, and enjoys using calculations to ensure the utmost precision and perfect results.
Lizzie is a car production operative from Liverpool. The 28-year-old and her partner live with their dog, Prudence, in her parents’ garden.
She prefers simple presentation and believes in flavour and quantity over precision, and her baking comfort zone is cake.
She likes dancing the samba and developed a fascination with serial killers when she studied for her degree in criminology.
Maggie - left in week four
Maggie, 70, is a retired nurse and midwife from Dorset.
She grew up surrounded by family who cooked and baked, and her favourite thing to bake is bread.
She loves canoeing, kayaking and sailing, and adores her great nieces and nephews.
Maggie left the tent after a double disaster in Dessert Week. First she forgot to put flour in her sticky toffee pudding so it literally failed to rise to the judges' challenge.
Then she took her showstopping Joconde sponge out of the oven too soon so that it collapsed in front of Paul and Prue, its strawberry filling oozing out over the table.
"The whole thing has been such fun really, and just to have been part of it has been such a joy," she said.
"Nothing can beat delivering a baby and bringing a new life into the world, but it comes a pretty close second."
Rochica - left in week three
Rochica is a 27-year-old junior HR business partner from Birmingham.
She has a big Jamaican family and bakes in a way to reflect her Caribbean heritage – she feels proud when her nan and aunties say her cakes remind them of the treats they grew up with.
She was a dancer from the age of two and developed a love of baking when an injury forced her to quit.
She said after leaving the show: "My worst moment was when Paul said my bread showstopper looked like 1.5 hours work instead of four hours!"
Tom – left in week one
Tom is a software developer from Kent.
He was the only boy in his primary school baking club but only discovered his true passion for baking four years ago.
The 28-year-old now bakes several times a week, with his mum describing him as the “midnight baker” – before he moved out of the family home, she would often wake up to a sweet treat and a pile of washing up.
Tom likes to take the foundations of a recipe and make it his own, creating bakes that are fun and follow a theme.
Tom was the first baker to leave the tent this series.
He said: “I know it’s hard to go out first and it was short and sweet, but it truly was an experience that I won’t forget. I feel I have learned so much from it and it has made me a better baker and maybe a bit more confident and willing to try new adventures.”
The Great British Bake Off airs on Channel 4 on Tuesdays at 8pm.