Everything you need to know about the contestants hoping to wow show judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with their creations

The Great British Bake Off

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are back on The Great British Bake Off with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood ©BBC Pictures

The Great British Bake Off is back for a seventh series.

And for the popular BBC show’s 2016 installment, there are 12 new contestants ready to battle out in the kitchen.

Among those looking to win over judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with their show-stopping sponges, brilliant buns and lovely loaves are a 61-year old garden designer named Jane Beedle and a nurse called Kate, 27.

Client services associate Selasi Gbormittah, 30, loves wowing colleagues with his cakes at charity sales at work, while PE teacher Candice Brown, 31, learnt the baking basics from her grandmother.

Rav Bansal – a 28-year-old who’s volunteered for charities including Victim Support – is hoping to mix things up in the tent by blending far eastern flavours. He also loves to work with vegan ingredients.

And given her training as a hairdresser, we’ve no doubt that Louise, 46, will have a keen eye for detail.

Teaching assistant Benjamina Ebuehi, 23, calls on her twin sister to give her feedback about her cooking, while project engagement manager Tom Gilliford likes to make his own cheese and salami from scratch.

As someone who’s recently lost 30kgs in weight, the 26-year-old believes in eating everything in moderation.

Pastor Lee Banfield, 67, and former primary school headteacher Val Stones, 66, are both bringing years of experience to the competition.

Lee began whipping up treats in 1984 when he was recovering from a back injury and Val has been testing out her creations on her family and friends since she was 15.

The two youngest male hopefuls are a 25-year-old aerospace engineer named Andrew Smyth and Michael Georgiou, 20, who’s currently studying politics and economics at Durham.

Thanks to his Mediterranean roots, Michael adores making Greek pastries.

Paul Hollywood, 50, reckons this year’s contestants were particularly nervous because 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain set the bar so high with her incredible bakes.

‘Nadiya went to a whole new level, and because of that I think it put the pressure on them more, and I think we felt that in the tents as well,’ he said.

‘But actually they came out tops. They started quite nervously but once they settled down they got into it. Then the baking started to flow and the standard got really really good.’

The Great British Bake Off kicks off on BBC One on 24 August 2016.