Great British Bake Off returns – with a new Scouse contestant Kate Lyon

1 tent. 12 new bakers. 30 new challenges. The biggest one being what to eat while we watch it?

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The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off is back.

Starting tonight, 12 of the best amateur bakers in Britain will whisk, knead, ice, beat and bake their way through classic British cakes, perfect patisserie, Italian delights, sticky caramel constructions and elaborate layered puddings.

For 10 weeks they will be hoping to impress with their skill, creativity, knowledge and passion and clinch the Bake off Crown.

The Great British Bake Off Kate Lyon
The Great British Bake Off Kate Lyon

As well as Wirral judge Paul Hollywood, we also have another Merseysider, Kate Lyon, who works by day as a Health and Safety Inspector.

When she’s not making Liverpool a safer place, you will find her indulging in her many hobbies: blacksmithing and furniture restoration as well as yoga and outdoor pursuits. History fan Kate also utilises old-fashioned techniques for baking, such as using smoked flour for sour dough bread, and recreating recipes such as a Dockers Wedding Cake.

Kate is predominately self-taught, and started to bake about two years ago when she started growing her own vegetables, and became more interested where food came from using local produce.

Each of the 30 new challenges have been carefully designed by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith to reveal just who is a star baker.

But it’s not just a new experience for the bakers. Also joining the tent for the first time are Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, who will be with the bakers every step of the way, ready with a pertinent pep talk, a helpful hand or just a sympathetic shoulder to cry on…

The Bake Off begins with Cake Week, and sees the bakers take on a fruity signature challenge.

The Great British Bake Off Kate Lyon
The Great British Bake Off Kate Lyon

Next, Prue sets her first technical – a children’s tea party favourite – and everyone is out to impress the new judge.

And for their final challenge comes the trickiest showstopper ever set in the first week of Bake Off: An illusion cake. Creating these mind blowing illusion cakes will test their baking and design skills to the limit.

Paul and Prue want to see what the bakers – and their cakes – are made of…

1 tent. 12 new bakers. 30 new challenges. The biggest one being what to eat while we watch it?

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