Bake Off 2019 contestants – meet the bakers who managed to avoid elimination last week

Bake Off 2019 contestants – meet the bakers who managed to avoid elimination last week

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THE Great British Bake Off has returned to Channel 4 with a fresh batch of amateur bakers whipping up some amazing creations.

Here are all the contestants who are still taking part in the popular competition – plus the unlucky bakers that have already been given the boot…

Who is in the The Great British Bake Off line-up?

The show started with 13 contestants in the line-up.

However, Dan Chambers was the first baker to lose his place in the competition.

Here’s the full line up:

Steph Blackwell

Meet Steph from Bake Off

Steph is a 28 year old shop assistant, who got into baking thanks to her granddad, who loves homemade bread.

The Chester-native is self-taught and considers herself an ‘intermediate, still-learning’ baker and her passion for sports and wellness inspires her creations.

She likes challenging herself by making her bakes healthier, adding vegetables or fruits, lowering the refined sugar content and prioritising more nutritional fats.

David Atherton

Meet Bake Off 2019's David
Meet Bake Off 2019’s David Atherton

David was brought up in Yorkshire, where his mother, who was an avid baker, inspired him to take up baking.

The 36-year-old continued to explore his pastries making abilities when he travelled to Malawi, among other places, as part of his work as a health adviser.

Michelle Evans-Fecci

Meet Bake Off's Michelle
Meet Bake Off’s Michelle

Michelle, 35, is a print shop administrator from Wales.

She was brought up on a farm but now lives in the seaside town of Tenby with her husband and teenage son.

The mother-of-one bakes almost every other day and likes to experiment with flavour combinations, using seasonal vegetables from her own veggie patch.

Henry Bird

Meet Bake Off 2019 star Henry
Meet Bake Off 2019 star Henry Bird

Henry, 20, is a student from Durham.

He has loved baking since the age of 12, when the Bake Off tent pitched up in his local park.

The Bake Off contestant tested his creations on his family, friends and teachers growing up but now brings his experiments to students at Durham University.

Helena Garcia

Meet Bake Off's Helena
Meet Bake Off’s Helena Garcia

Helena, 40, is an online project manager from Leeds.

She spent much of her childhood watching her Spanish grandmother cook and bake.

However, it was not until she moved to Las Vegas as part of an exchange scheme at school that she started baking.

Phil Thorne

Meet Bake Off 2019's Phil
Meet Bake Off 2019’s Phil Thorne

Phil, 56, is a HGV driver from Essex.

The driver, who grew up in Barking, first got a taste for baking during his home economics class at school.

Now, he lives in Rainham, with his wife and two daughters and treats his family and friends to some of his bakes.

Alice Fevronia

Meet Alice from Bake Off
Meet Alice Fevronia from Bake Off

Alice, 28, is a geography teacher from London.

At just 15, while recovering from a back operation for scoliosis and no longer able to do sport, she turned her hand to baking.

Priya O’Shea

Meet Priya from Bake Off
Meet Priya O’Shea from Bake Off

Priya, 34, is a marketing consultant from Leicester.

She first experienced baking with an after-school baking club at primary school.

A decade ago she began baking more seriously as a way of helping her relax and went “baking bonkers” when she was gifted a stand mixer on her wedding day.

Michael Chakraverty

Meet Bake Off 2019 star Michael
Meet Bake Off 2019 star Michael Chakraverty

Michael, 26, is a theatre manager and fitness instructor from Stratford-upon-Avon.

He was taught to bake by his mother.

She gave him handwritten recipes passed down from his great-grandparents, to encourage him to take up the skill.

Amelia Le Bruin

Meet Amelia from Bake Off
Meet Amelia Le Bruin from Bake Off

Amelia, 24, is a fashion designer from Halifax.

She has been baking for 19 years.

Watching her mum and grandma creating beautiful cake decorations inspired her to start baking as a child.

Rosie Brandreth-Poynter

Meet Bake Off 2019 star Rosie
Meet Bake Off 2019 star Rosie <span class="mol-style-bold">Brandreth-Poynter</span>

Rosie, 28, is a vet from Somerset.

When she is not performing surgery or on call, she bakes to unwind and treats the practice nurses with some of her creations.

Her go-to bake is patisserie and her baking is inspired by her rural surroundings, from the orchards next door, to the fresh eggs laid by her ducks and chickens.

Dan Chambers – OUT

Dan Chambers in GBBO
Dan Chambers was the first baker to be eliminated from the show

Dan, 32, is a support worker from Rotherham.

He is predominantly a self-taught baker, but has fond memories of his mum showing him how to bake a Victoria sponge as a child and his army chef dad coming to school to teach how to plait and bake bread.

Dan got serious about baking at age 21 in a bid to impress his then girlfriend (now wife) with a themed birthday cake.

Unfortunately he lost his place in week one of the competition.

Jamie Finn – OUT

Meet Bake Off 2019's Jamie
Meet Bake Off 2019’s Jamie Finn

Jamie, 20, is a waiter from Surrey.

He was taught to bake by his grandma and parents, but it was after he watched an episode of The Great British Bake Off, that he was inspired to take up baking.

Sadly, he didn’t make it past the second week after failing to impress during Biscuit Week.

The 2019 line-up for the Great British bake Off
The 2019 line-up for the Great British bake Off
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Who are The Great British Bake Off 2019 judges and presenters?

Well, Bake Off wouldn’t be Bake Off without judge Paul Hollywood.

Paul has been on the show since it started, and stuck with it when the programme moved from the BBC to Channel 4.

Also, let’s not forget Prue Leith who will be back for another series after becoming an instant hit with viewers when she replaced Mary Berry.

And last, but by no means least, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will reprise their roles as hosts of the popular TV programme.

Sandi, Paul, Prue and Noel will be back for Bake Off 2019
Sandi, Paul, Prue and Noel will be back for Bake Off 2019
Channel 4

What is the Great British Bake Off prize?

With all the drama, sweat and tears that the dedicated bakers go through, you would expect they would be aiming for some grand cash prize, but the answer is no.

The winning prize is just flowers and a cake stand, at least that’s what has happened so far.

Previous Bake Off contestant Martha Collison, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2014 series, confirmed to Barrelhouse: “Everyone is so surprised and thinks there must be some secret cash, but all we really get is a bunch of flowers and a cake stand.

“But then, you also kind of become a national treasure just by doing it because everyone in Britain loves the Bake Off so much.”

Who won The Great British Bake Off 2018?

Research scientist Rahul Mandal, 32, was the 2018 Bake Off winner.

He overcame two disasters – an icing explosion and a shattered mixing bowl – in the final to win the show.

After winning the show Rahul was signed as a columnist for The Times Magazine, as part of their Saturday supplement.

You can also find him regularly cooking on This Morning.

In 2018, Rahul also became a Stem (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) ambassador to “help inspire the next generation of engineers”.

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