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first_img<span>The 2014 Great British Bake Off Contestants</span><span> A sneak preview of the Bake Off contestants, who will grace BBC One next week with their wooden spoons in that big white tent. </span><span>Richard Age: 38 </span><span>Born in north London, Richard is a family man through and through. He is the fourth generation in his family’s building business. </span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>Martha Age: 17</span><span>Martha is the Great British Bake Off’s youngest ever baker and, at just 17 years old, she combines baking with her AS Level exams and coursework, taking revision breaks to make a tower of profiteroles or a batch of macaroons. </span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>Norman Age: 66</span><span>Norman is a true Scot and lives on the northeast coast of Scotland. Now retired, Norman joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 17 in which he worked as a radio operator and travelled the world. </span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>Nancy Age: 60</span><span>Full of energy and ideas, Nancy is known for her sense of humour. Originally from Hull, Nancy moved to Lincolnshire 24 years ago to work as a practice manager for a GP surgery, where she met her husband, Tim, who was a GP at the practice and between them they have five children and eight grandchildren.</span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>Jordan Age: 32</span><span>Jordan lives in Nottingham where he works as an I.T. manager. He is the self-confessed ‘nerdy baker’ of the tent. Jordan is highly intelligent and constantly absorbs trivia and new skills; from spinning his own wool, perfecting his embroidery, from baking to hairdressing! </span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>Diana Age: 69</span><span>Diana is The Great British Bake Off’s oldest baker so far. She is a traditional baker armed with a quick wit and sense of seeing the brighter side of life. The daughter of a dairy farmer, she grew up on the farm in Shropshire on the Welsh borders where she joined the W.I. at the age of just 13 and became a W.I. judge at just 20 years old.</span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>Chetna Age: 35</span><span>Chetna was born in India and moved to Mumbai for University where she became a fashion designer and started her own clothes label. She met her husband whilst they were at college, where he was training to become a doctor. They moved to the UK in 2003.</span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>Claire Age: 31</span><span>Claire lives in Cheshire, where she works as a Speech and Language Therapist. Claire has been baking since she was 11 years old as both her mum and grandmother were wedding cake decorators and her father was a chef, and they all taught her crucial techniques which should come in handy for the Bake Off.</span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>Luis Age: 42</span><span>Luis was born and brought up in Stockport but both his parents are Spanish. This had a huge influence on his upbringing and he was fluent in Spanish from an early age.</span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>Kate Aged: 41</span><span>Originally from Cambridgeshire, Kate now lives in Brighton with her five-year-old daughter Eloise. Kate runs her own upholstery company, breathing new life into furniture with various textures and colours. Community-minded, every year Kate organises a street party and she likes to bake for her family.</span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span>Enwezor Age: 39</span><span>Born and bred in North London, Enwezor is half Nigerian and half Japanese and now lives with his wife and four children in Portsmouth where he works as a business consultant.</span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span><span> Iain Age: 31</span><span>Growing up just outside of Belfast Iain’s parents are passionate about organic foods and this outlook has directly affected his style of baking. His passion for travelling has taken him to all corners of the globe, and he brings these flavours and influence to the bakes he likes to make.</span><span>height</span><span> 960</span><span>width</span><span> 648</span><span>originaldate</span><span> 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM</span>The show starts on 6 August at 8pm. Bake off fever has hit! The Great British Bake Off, the nation’s televised baking competition, will hit the screens from BBC One next Wednesday.Released today were this year’s bake-off contestants. The hopeful bakers dozen includes the oldest contestant yet – Diana from Shropshire at 69, and the youngest – Martha from Berkshire at 17.  The selected 12 will be wittled down to a final two over the coming weeks, as they complete three tasks a week; the signature, the technical and the showstopper challenge.Meet the contestants yourself by scrolling through our gallery. There’s a winner in that bunch! But who will it be?last_img read more