THE Great British Bake Off 2019 continued with Bread Week in episode three and Steph Blackwell is one of the many bakers hoping to show off their skills.
Here is what you need to know about the shop assistant as Bake Off 2019 makes its epic return.
Who is The Great British Bake Off 2019 contestant Steph?
Steph, a 28-year-old shop assistant, got into baking thanks to her grandad, 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.
Biscuits are Steph’s go-to bake and she tests herself by trying to create a better version of a supermarket favourite.
The amateur baker is a fan of making bread and shared many photographs of her creations on her Instagram page here.
What has happened to Steph in Bake Off so far?
- Week Two, Biscuits – Her Chocolate, Caramel Macchiato Biscuit Bars didn’t wow Paul and Prue but Steph was able to win back favour with her “clever” Gingerbread cat sculpture.
- Week Three, Bread – The baker got praised for both her Sundried Tomato and Pesto star tear and share her creative Hand-tied bouquet of flowers scored bread.
What has Steph said about The Great British Bake Off 2019?
Taking part in Bake Off has been the “most incredible and surreal experience” for Steph, who “didn’t really dream that I would get in”.
Discussing her first week in the tent, she joked how fellow contestant Jamie had unintentionally helped to “break the ice”.
“I really remember laughing a lot at Jamie melting his butter in his proving drawer,” she explained.
“I was very nervous and it just helped break the ice with us all.”
When did The Great British Bake Off 2019 start?
The Great British Bake Off returned on August 27, 2019.
The new series kicked off on Channel 4 at 8pm until 9.30pm, much like the 2018 series which started on August 28.
Bake Off is expected to run for 10 consecutive weeks and the final is likely to be in November 2019.
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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.”