THE line-up for the new series of The Great British Bake Off is the youngest in the show's history – and consists of 13 amateur bakers instead of the usual 12.
The dozens of hopeful bakers of the baker include seven people in their twenties while the oldest participant is 56, with an average age of 31 in the tent.
In previous years there were participants in the 60s and 70s, and most line-ups had an average age of almost 40 years.
There are usually 12 amateurs in the Bake Off every year, with the exception of 2013 when 13 participated, and the first series in 2010 when there were only 10.
The aspiring bakers will compete to impress jury members Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood during a series of challenges in which they are entrusted with baking cakes, cookies and bread among other tasty creations in an attempt to be called Bake Off champion.
The upcoming series, which starts next week, will be the third to be broadcast on Channel 4 after the show broke up with the BBC.
This year's participants include a geography teacher, a fashion designer, a truck driver and a veterinarian.
Geography teacher Alice, 28, started baking at the age of 15 when scoliosis back surgery enabled her to exercise.
In her early 20s she moved to New Zealand, where she learned the art of making a pavlova while attending the art academy. Alice is now back in the UK and lives in London. She often uses her cakes in her lessons and demonstrates natural activities such as coastal erosion and volcanic activity.
She said: "I wanted to be in Bake Off since the show started, but I wasn't really good enough when I was 18. It's great to do something that you're passionate about in such a big show.
"I also felt that being accepted in the tent gave me the confidence that I could bake. It was a dream come true!"
Amelia, a 24-year-old sportswear designer from Halifax, has been baking since she was five when she saw her mother and grandmother make beautiful cake decorations.
Although she now lives in London, Amelia – who has been interested in taking part in Bake Off since the first series in 2010 – still draws on her northern roots in her bins and is convinced that freshly grown products are essential for a good bake.
HGV driver Phil, 56, started taking baking seriously six years ago, despite the fact that he had enjoyed baking bread in his home economics classes at school.
Phil, who lives in Rainham, East London, with his wife and two daughters, regularly bakes four to five times a week and makes a range of breads, including focaccia and brioche. Passionate about both motorbikes and bins, he often comes to his bike gatherings with his edible creations.
He said he "longed" to be on Bake Off for years and that a couple who are long-term friends of his will be very surprised that he is in the series.
"They recently stayed with us and said & # 39; you make such delicious cakes & # 39; but never told me to go on Bake Off, so I think they have no idea I would be in it," he said.
Rosie, a veterinary surgeon based in Somerset, likes to get away from her stressful job by baking all night and keeping the nurses well fed.
The 28-year-old's favorite baking is a box of mixed cakes and she is inspired by her rural environment, from the orchards next to her house to the eggs laid by her ducks and chickens.
Joining them is Steph, a 28-year-old shop assistant from Chester, who enjoys making healthy pies with added fruit and vegetables, Priya, a 34-year-old marketing consultant from Leicester who is a self-proclaimed perfectionist and a late night baking lover and printing manager Michelle, 35, from Tenby in Wales, who bakes almost every other day and likes to experiment with flavors.
Also in the tent will be theater manager and fitness instructor Michael, 26, from Stratford-upon-Avon, inspired by the flavors of his Indian heritage, and 20-year-old part-time waiter and student of sports science Jamie from Surrey, who loves the challenge of a technical container such as a croquembouche.
Helena, a 40-year-old online project manager from Leeds, focuses on the use of American flavors and those of her Spanish origin in baking, while international health consultant David, 36, who lives in London but comes from Yorkshire, loves robust flavors and sturdy containers, instead of luxurious, colorful decorations.
The line-up is completed by support staff member Dan, 32, from Rotherham, who is largely self-taught in the kitchen and has made his own wedding cake, and 20-year-old English literature student Durham University student Henry, who has his culinary testing skills and carefully combined flavors on his roommates.
The new series The Great British Bake Off, organized by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, starts on Channel 4 on August 27 at 8 p.m.