Viewers took to Twitter, now X, to share their thoughts on Alison's introduction to the popular Channel 4 programme – and it's safe to say the Birmingham-born star went down a storm with fans.
One person wrote: "Alison Hammond is the best best best thing to happen to GBBO since the move to channel four. I am so PLEASED. This series is off to a flying start. #GBBO2023," while another added: "Alison Hammond has really bought some sunshine and joy to the tent! Love her so much #GBBO."
A third person commented: "So happy @BritishBakeOff is back and absolutely adore Alison Hammond," while another tweeted: "#GBBO was an absolute joy tonight. Alison Hammond looks as if she's been in the tent for years, and clearly loving it. A great bunch of bakers this year, should be a cracking series."
Alison took over from comedian Matt Lucas, who announced his departure from the show in December last year after three seasons.
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Matt, who joined the show in 2020, attributed his decision to his busy schedule. "But it's become clear to me that I can't present both Fantasy Football League and Bake Off alongside all my other projects," he said in a statement. "So, after three series and 51 episodes, I am cheerfully passing the baguette on to someone else."
So, what happened in episode one?
The series 14 premiere saw 12 new bakers enter the tent, including 27-year-old Tasha from Bristol, who is the show's first-ever deaf contestant.
Here's the full line-up:
Abbi, 27, who is a vegetable grower and delivery driver from Cumbria
Amos, a 43-year-old deli and grocery manager from North London
Cristy, 33, a mum and PA from East London
Dan, a 42-year-old civil engineering resource planner from Cheshire
Dana, 25, who is an Essex-based database administrator
Josh, 27, who is a post-doctoral research associate from Leicestershire
Keith, a 60-year-old chartered accountant from Hampshire
Matty, 28, a PE and science teacher from Cambridgeshire
Nicky, a 52-year-old retired cabin crew and volunteer from the West Midlands
Rowan, a 21-year-old student from West Yorkshire
Saku, a 50-year-old intelligence analyst from Herefordshire
Tasha, 27, a participation officer from Bristol
Episode one saw the bakers faced with a series of tricky tasks, including making a vertical layer cake for the Signature challenge, and for the Technical, recreating the iconic Bake Off cake – the raspberry-topped gateau which is seen at the end of the show's opening credits.
As for the Showstopper, the contestants were asked to produce a cake shaped and decorated like an animal, with some of the designs including a tahini-flavoured Robin and a beaver named Norman.
For a full rundown of everything that happened in the opening episode, read our Bake Offweek one blog.