Meet The Great British Bake Off Class of 2016

A pastor, a hairdresser, a nurse and an aerospace engineer are among those who will be competing for the 2016 ‘Great British Bake Off’ crown later this month.

Viewers will see 12 amateur bakers trying to impress judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood when series seven of the hit TV show kicks off on BBC One on 24 August.

Last year’s winner Nadiya Hussain was a big success and, according to Paul Hollywood, this year’s crop consequently  felt the pressure.

“Nadiya went to a whole new level… it put pressure on them more,” he said. “I think we felt it in the tents as well. They started quite nervously, but once they settled down they got into it.” Mary Barry added: “They know the standard, which is now pretty high.”

A teacher, a student and a garden designer are also among the hopefuls. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will return to host the show.

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