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Giuseppe’s ready to rise to the Bake Off challenge Posted On 17 September 2021

Bristol baker heads into Britain’s most daunting tent

 

The Great British Bake Off is back … and Bristol will be represented!

Giuseppe Dell’Anno, a chief engineer, faces 11 other hopefuls including a detective and miniature zoo owner attempting to be crowned Britain’s best amateur baker and he has the pedigree to do well – his father is a professional chef.

The versatile 45-year-old, who bakes for his wife and three sons, works at the National Composites Centre in Emersons Green, and is also an industrial fellow at the University of Bristol, so we can expect him be methodical and precise.

And we won’t have long to wait to see him in the tent, as the new series starts on Tuesday September 21st, at 8pm on Channel 4. Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will return to cast a keen eye over the signature, technical and showstopper challenges, with Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas once more taking up hosting duties.

Last year’s standards were high, so this year’s crop will have to go some way to better the achievements of Peter Sawkins, who became the competition’s youngest winner, romping home with his Scottish-inspired treats.

The series started filming in May, and Lucas told Lorraine Kelly on ITV, that similar COVID-19 protocols were followed this year, just as they were last year. He said: “Like last year we’re going into a bubble. All self-isolating and getting tested and then we’re going into a COVID-free bubble, so we can all taste each other’s bakes and there can be handshakes and all sorts.”

The 12 budding bakers will be eagerly watched for a number of weeks. And if last year’s viewing figures were anything to go by, the words ‘Bake Off’ will be on everyone’s lips for some time. A mammoth average of 9.2 million people tuned in for last year’s final, which was Channel 4’s highest figures in 18 years.

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