Get your pastries and cups of tea at the ready, because The Great British Bake Off is back for a third series on Channel 4 - and its tenth overall.
GBBO is well underway, but if you're looking for a refresher, here's everything you need to know, including when its on, who the contestants are, which bakers are still left and how to apply to compete in the next series.
When does Bake Off air?
The Great British Bake Off 2019 airs every Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4. It'll most likely run for ten weeks, ending in October.
In these modern times, you don't just have to watch the bakers struggle with a technical recipe the traditional way. Instead, you can watch on All 4 – live or on-demand with catch-up through a wide range of devices including smart TVs, games consoles, media streamers, phones and tablets.
If you're not based in the UK and want to keep up with the series as it airs, then check our article on watching Bake Off from abroad.
What happened in week one of Bake Off?
The debut episode of GBBO introduced all the bakers who were tackling the same theme it's always been on the first show: cake week.
The signature challenge was to make a fruit cake, and we saw a mixed bag from everyone. Dan in particular struggled with his cake after having to start again mid-bake - always a risky move to take.
Prue set the technical challenge this week, which were Angel Cake Slices, a rather tough challenge for the very first week. This time it was youngster Jamie who struggled, coming in at last place with Prue calling his bake "pretty awful". Student Henry however came out on top in this round, much to his surprise.
The showstopper challenge saw the bakers re-creating their dream birthday cakes from their childhoods, so we saw a lot of pirate-themed cakes, toadstools and magical gardens. Once again, poor old Jamie didn't fair well, forgetting to put eggs in his initial mixture. We can all relate.
Ultimately though, Dan was the first baker to be asked to leave the tent, just not being able to recover from his signature and performing average over the other challenges. It's only week one, but it was still an emotional send off!
Michelle was the first contestant to be awarded the coveted star baker title, with Prue singing her praises about her carrot cake. We wonder whether she'll be a runaway favourite from now, or if we'll see a close race.
But perhaps most shockingly of all... there were NO Hollywood Handshakes this episode. Last year's series was an all-time record, to the point that they barely meant anything. Perhaps Paul is saving them this year? We'll let you know next week.
Who are the GBBO 2019 bakers?
This year we've got a bunch of spring chickens in the tent, with the youngest line-up ever to be seen on the show. As usual we've got a mixed bag of personalities which include a Fashion Designer, a Theatre Manager and a Vet. The contestants left in the competition are as follows:
- Alice, a Geography Teacher, aged 28 from London. After recovering from a back operation when she was 15, Alice took up baking as a past time. She now incorporates her bakes into her classes, making highly impressive cakes that resemble geographical topics such as volcanic activity. We're excited to see what visual tricks that she has up her sleeve.
- Amelia, a Fashion Designer, aged 24 from Halifax. Inspired by her mum and grandma, Amelia has been honing her baking skills since she was five years old. She baked continuously throughout her university experience, and is continuing her hobby whilst working as a sportswear designer in London. She favours using freshly farmed produce in her bakes.
- David, an International Health Advisor, aged 36 from London. Another native from the land of Yorkshire, David experimented with his baking after travelling to places like Malawi with his work, where he invented a cake that could be steam cooked over a village fire. His specialities lie in bread, and he prefers a solid bake over any fancy decoration.
- Helena, an Online Project Manager, aged 40 from Leeds. After moving to Las Vegas on a school exchange, Helena started to work on her baking skills. Her American experience has influenced her baking, as she likes to use flavours like pumpkin, maple and cinnamon in her food. Her Spanish heritage also has had an influence on her creations.
- Henry, a Student, aged 20 from Durham. After being awed by all the creations in the Bake Off tent, Henry took up baking at the age of 12, testing out different flavours for his family and friends to try. He's continuing his hobby at Durham University, where he studies English Literature.
- Michelle, a Print Shop Administrator, aged 35 from Wales. Hailing from the seaside welsh town of Tenby, Michelle incorporates baking into her everyday life, using her own vegetable patch to create seasoned vegetables. She puts a lot of focus on precision and finesse within her work.
- Jamie, a Part-time Waiter, aged 20 from Surrey. Yet another Bake Off fan, Jamie was inspired by the show to create a plaited loaf and has never looked back. He's currently working as a part-time waiter before he goes off to university to study Sports Science. He is not one to shy away from technically challenging bakes, so we'll see how gets on!
- Priya, a Marketing Consultant, aged 34 from Leicester. After being given a stand mixer as a wedding gift, Priya went 'baking bonkers' and now works on all kinds of things, from vegan baking to tropical flavours. She lives at home with her husband and two children, but is looking forward to eventually travelling the world on a foodie extravaganza.
- Michael, a Theatre Manager and Fitness Instructor, aged 26 from Stratford-upon-Avon. Michael was taught how to bake from his mother, following old, handwritten recipes from his ancestors. His Indian heritage inspires his bakes, coming through in the flavours he uses. He's particularly adept at making cakes and pastry, and currently manages a well-known theatre company in Stratford-upon-Avon.
- Rosie, a Veterinary Surgeon, aged 28 from Somerset. Rosie has been baking from the tender age of five and has never looked back. She currently lives with her husband (and an abundance of other animals) in Somerset, where she bakes in her spare time for her colleagues. Her countryside living influencers the types of ingredients that she uses.
- Phil, a HGV Driver, aged 56 from Essex. As Phil works early shifts in his job, he can spend the rest of the day making all kinds of baking creations for those around him, making focaccia, brioche and other challenging pastries. When he's not in the kitchen, he enjoys taking to the rode on his motorbike, and frequently brings along treats to his meet-ups.
- Steph, a Shop Assistant, aged 28 from Chester. Steph has been cracking down on her baking skills over the last few years, working hard on creations like biscuits and her signature bake, a sourdough loaf which she calls 'Sammy'. She currently lives in Chester with her mum, and enjoys making her bakes healthier, experimenting with refined sugar levels and using more nutritional ingredients.
The contestants who have been eliminated from the competition are:
- Dan, a Support Worker, aged 32 from Rotherham was eliminated in week 1. A self-taught baker from a young age, Dan has always used baking throughout his life. From impressing his girlfriend with a themed birthday cake, to making his own wedding cake - to the same girlfriend no less! His proudest achievement is making a huge croquembouche, which sounds delish.
Who won last year?
After a tense final last year - including the most random technical challenge ever where the bakers were sent outside to cook as if they were in Scouts - it came down to three contestants; Ruby, Rahul and Kim-Joy. In the end a disbelieving and humble Rahul scooped up the Bake Off trophy after a rollercoaster of a competition, but it was certainly a close call. We hope this year will be just as exciting as the last, and not leave us feeling like a soggy bottom.
How to watch Bake Off 2019 from outside the UK
As per usual, The Great British Bake Off 2019 will be available through regular UK broadcast TV (however you get your TV), airing on Channel 4.
If you want to watch from outside the UK - such as the US, where you might know it as The Great British Baking Show - then you'll need to use a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN so it appears you're device is local if you want to watch along with the UK on the Channel 4 website. For more details see our article on watching Bake Off from abroad.
The series is also on US Netflix, but it is three days behind the Channel 4 show, so if you can't wait then use a VPN!
How to apply for GBBO 2020
If you're a budding baker and would like to apply for Bake Off in 2020 then you'll have to hang tight for the applications to open. Keep an eye out on the official sign-up page.
Watch the latest clip
Want to see some highlights from the latest episode? Here's a glimpse of some of the magical showstoppers. However be warned, there's a rather... suggestive part from one of the bakers. Bake Off just love a good innuendo.