Meet the contestants for the 12th series of The Great British Bake Off

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Warm up the ovens and cancel your Tuesday plans because The Great British Bake Off is back!

The 12th series of the award-winning cookery show will return to our screens on 21 September after it was delayed last year due to the Covid pandemic.

Judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith as well as presenters Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding will all return to host proceedings in the infamous white tent.

And now, Channel 4 has revealed who will be among the new batch of bakers trying to impress judges this year.

Meet the contestants:

Amanda

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Amanda is a 56-year-old detective with the Metropolitan Police in London.

According to Channel 4, her baking is heavily influenced by her Greek-Cypriot heritage.

As a child she baked with her mum, and she learned specifically about Greek baking from her auntie.

Chigs

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Chigs is a 40-year-old sales manager from Leicestershire.

Despite a lifelong love of food, Chigs is relatively new to baking, only seriously embarking on his baking journey at the start of lockdown in 2020.

Through the careful study of online videos, he managed to teach himself how to produce complex bakes and really intricate chocolate work.

Crystelle

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Crystelle, 26, is a baker who brings her wonderfully diverse heritage – born in northwest London to Kenyan born, Portuguese-Goan parents – to the flavours in her baking.

The youngest of three daughters, she was also the chief-taster as she helped her mother prepare their family meals.

A client manager living in London, she is also an enthusiastic singer, having kept herself busy over lockdown with her online choir.

Freya

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At 19, the student in psychology is the youngest candidate in the 2021 line-up.

A year ago, Freya, from North Yorkshire began making plant-based versions of classic bakes for her dad.

And now it’s her goal to bake so that no one can tell the results are vegan. She likes to be "unexpected" with her baking, and enjoys creating intricate designs.

George

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Londoner George, 34, grew up in a close-knit Greek-Cypriot family where food was always a big part of family life.

The dad-of-three has a “keen eye for detail” and likes to give his bakes a touch of class with a shabby-chic, vintage vibe.

Outside of the kitchen, he is a Shared Lives co-ordinator and loves spending time in the great outdoors with his family, on bike rides and walks.

Giuseppe

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Orginally from Italy, Bristol-based Giuseppe inherited his love for baking from his father who is a professional chef.

The 45-year-old loves using Italian flavours in his bakes, while he also brings his engineer’s precision to the results.

A self-confessed food snob, he is determined to feed his children homemade confectionary, rather than anything that’s been mass-produced.

Jairzeno

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Jairzeno, 51, started baking in 2014, after becoming disillusioned with delicious-looking bakes that just didn’t deliver on flavour.

Now, in his own baking, he obsesses over flavour combinations, such as guava and chocolate is a firm favourite, using lots of Caribbean spices, and aiming for the perfect patisserie finish.

The head of finance moved to the UK from Trinidad & Tobago 15 years ago and now lives in London.

Jurgen

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Originally from the Black Forest in Germany, Jürgen, 56, moved to the UK in 2003 and lives with his wife and son.

Unable to find traditional German bread in his adopted home, Jürgen decided to bake his own – and his passion for baking has grown ever since.

Jürgen is also an accomplished trombonist – a talent that he is proud to have passed on to his son.

Lizzie

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Lizzie, 28, and her partner live with their dog, Prudence, in an annex in her parents garden.

A baker who prefers simple presentation and believes in flavour and quantity over precision, Lizzie may look like she’s frantic and messy on the outside, but she is usually calm and collected within.

Her baking comfort zone is cake, but she loves experimenting with flavour.

Maggie

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At 70, retired nurse and midwife Maggie, from Dorset, is the oldest baker in the 2021 line-up.

She has an impressive collection of classic recipe books and loves recreating traditional bakes while at the same time experimenting with exciting flavours.

Her favourite thing to bake is bread – it never occurs to her to buy a loaf.

Rochica

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A junior HR business partner from Birmingham, Rochica bakes in a way that reflects her Caribbean heritage: with flavour, passion and love.

A dancer from the age of two, Rochica’s interest in baking developed when she was left unable to dance due to an injury.

Although she has started dancing again, she still finds plenty of time and reasons to bake.

Tom

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A software developer from Kent, Tom, 28, discovered his true passion for baking a mere four years ago, when he made his dad a sticky toffee pudding cake.

Now he bakes several times a week, rustling up everything from pies and quiches to bread.

His mum describes him as the "midnight baker" before he moved out of the family home, she would often wake up to a sweet treat.

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