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The Class of 2017

The ovens are pre-heated, the knives have been sharpened and the gingham alter is poised and prepared. With just one week to go until the launch of a whole new series of The Great British Bake Off, it’s time to give you a sneak peek at the bakers who’ll be whisking, tempering and piping their way through the challenges in the latest competition to be crowned the country’s best amateur baker.

So who will be manning the ovens this year? There’s a history-lover with a passion for blacksmithing, a homemade bread evangelist who believes he’s perfected the macaron, and a self-described “bald, baking banker from Brentwood”.

The judges agree that the standard is particularly high this year, so we can expect the bakers to be put through their paces more vigorously than egg whites being whisked into stiff peaks.

We can’t wait to see how it all pans out…

Meet the Bakers now!

The Great British Bake Off starts Tuesday 29 August. 8pm. Channel 4.