The latest series of our favourite baking show premieres Wednesday 5 August. Find out who'll be battling with their rolling pins this season
Our aprons are on, our mixing bowls are at the ready, our rolling pins are good to go ... OK, maybe not.
We won't be facing off against 11 other contestants and embarking on 30 new baking challenges, but we have carved out a space on the sofa in preparation for the sixth and latest series of The Great British Bake Off, with judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, which will debut on TV screens Wednesday 5 August.
Excited to see who the 12 new contestants facing off in the kitchen will be? Drum roll, please ...
The youngest contestant on this year's show, Flora currently works in a contemporary art gallery while on her gap year and plans to start a history of art degree. With baking in her blood, she loves making cakes and loaves for her parents and two younger sisters – who aren't always the most positive critics.
By day a London firefighter, by night a "competent amateur" baker, Londoner Mat prefers sweet to savoury baking, although he's recently mastered bread, pastries and pies. He's also a whiz with the washing up afterwards since he doesn't yet own a dishwasher.
Professional musician Stu is a family man with two kids. He lives in Surrey and grew up watching his parents bake in the kitchen of the restaurant they owned. He loves to experiment with different flavour combinations, so expect the unexpected. That, and lots of Middle Eastern spices.
Leeds mother-of-three Nadiya also has food in her genes – her father ran a restaurant but he only served ice-cream for pudding, much to his daughter's horror. Nadiya has been baking for the past decade. The stay-at-home mum enjoys making treats for family occasions and her three children, and is looking forward to having an adventure of her own on the show.
When he's not busy baking fresh bread for his two children and building them giant catapults to play with (hello, super dad!), Ian is a travel photographer who happens to be on the Dalai Lama's speed dial – the religious leader uses him as his personal snapper whenever he visits the UK.
Born in the Philippines and now a nurse living in Berkshire, Alvin started baking homemade bread and cakes seven years ago and now bakes at least four times a week for his wife and two children. He loves baking tools as much as baking itself, and owns every tin imaginable; he once baked bread every day for three weeks straight until he was satisfied with the final product. If only we could sample a loaf ...
Believe it or not, Marie couldn't boil an egg until she was in her 30s and moved to Paris with her family. After discovering the amazing French patisseries all around her, she became masterful at creating baking show-stoppers with amazing details. She can do everyday baking as well and makes sure her grandchildren benefit from her culinary prowess by giving them "proper packed lunches".
A foodie and avid dancer who's been baking for 40 years, mum-of-one Dorret is an accountant by day and Michelin-star restaurant lover by night, who dreams of attending Le Cordon Bleu cookery school in Paris.
Lithuanian-born PA and administrator Ugne lives in Essex with her partner and two children. A keen bodybuilder, she learned to bake the Eastern-European way from her mother and grandmother. She loves to bake her family bread, pies and pastries using both English and Lithuanian flavours and ingredients, and she's also not afraid of showing off a little flourish in the kitchen.
Prison governor Paul may look tough, but he enjoys learning intricate sugar work to make his baking beautiful and sees his appearance on the show as "an opportunity to show that men like me, stereotyped by our jobs, do and can love baking and that it is a skill and talent to be proud of". The father-of-three lives in Wales and used to perform ceremonial duties at Buckingham Palace as part of the Coldstream Guards. Could there be a royal baking commission in his future?
A child welfare officer from near Bradford, mum-of-one Sandy bakes to show her loved ones how much she cares. She also shows people she cares by volunteering at a school where she teaches children from deprived backgrounds all about baking on a budget. Sandy's baking style? "It might not be glamorous but it’s tasty," she says.
This trainee anaesthetist living in Manchester learned all about baking from his older sister. We think her lessons worked, since she asked him to bake her wedding cake and now Tamal regularly makes cakes for events and weddings, once completing an impressive five-tier confection.