Great British Bake Off 2021 line-up confirmed including police detective and vegan psychology student

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The full line-up for The Great British Bake Off has finally been revealed by Channel 4 ahead of the show's return next Tuesday 21 September.

A total of 12 new contestants will be heading into the baking tent to wow judges Paul Hollywood, 55, and Prue Leith, 81, as well as presenters Noel Fielding, 48, and Matt Lucas, 47.

The competition was filmed in a bubble once again as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage across the globe, and the entire series was pre-recorded.

Paul teased that the standard of baking was "certainly the highest I've ever encountered" in the newest series, which features a police detective, a retired midwife and nurse as well as a vegan psychology student.

So who are the contestants of the new series?

Amanda, Metropolitan Police Detective in London

Amanda learned to bake as just a young child, picking up tips and tricks from her own mum and auntie. The 56 year old went on to study graphic design before working in advertising and finally moving onto her current job as a detective. Her baking is heavily influenced by her Greek-Cypriot heritage.

Crystelle, client relationship manager from London

Crystelle, 26, started taking baking seriously three years ago and is a self-confessed "bit of a stresser". She enjoys experimenting with flavours and textures inspired by her Portuguese-Goan-Kenyan heritage.

Rochica, HR business partner from Birmingham

Rohica, 27, went into baking when she was left unable to dance following an injury. The contestant confessed her greatest weakness is "getting flustered and everything going wrong".

Freya, vegan psychology student from North Yorkshire

Freya, 19, is the youngest baker to take part in the competition this year and has said she likes to be "unexpected" with her baking while admitting she is a "massive perfectionist".

George, Shared Lives coordinator from London

George is also from a Greek-Cypriot family who "has a keen eye for detail". The 34 year old has said his strength lies in his "creative flair".

Tom, software developer from Kent

Tom works as a developer for his family software company in Kent and said baking was "a welcome escape" during the coronavirus lockdown, especially as he couldn't take part in his amateur dramatics and singing.

Jürgen, IT Professional from Sussex

Jürgen was born in Germany but moved to the UK 18 years ago and now lives in Sussex. The 56 year old is an amateur trombonist and began his baking journey when he couldn't buy his partner German bread.

Jairzeno, head of finance from London

Jairzeno, 51, who moved to the UK from Trinidad 15 years ago, has said baking "is like breathing" for him and explained he enjoys using Caribbean spices while obsessing over flavour combinations.

Chigs, sales manager from Leicestershire

Chigs, 40, started baking seriously during the Covid-19 lockdown last year using online tutorials to learn complex bakes and chocolate work.

Giuseppe, chief engineer from Bristol

Giuseppe was born in Italy but grew up in Bristol and developed his love for baking from his father, a professional chef.

Lizzie, car production operative from Liverpool

According to Channel 4, Lizzie, 28, "may look like she's frantic and messy on the outside, but she is usually calm and collected within".

Maggie, retired midwife from Dorset

Maggie, 70, is this year's oldest baker and enjoys many different activities including canoeing, kayaking, sailing and adventures in her camper van.

The Great British Bake Off returns on Tuesday 21 September at 8pm on Channel 4.

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