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Bake Off is Back!

Today is the day we've all been waiting for...the start of Bake Off 2016! This is one of our absolute favourite shows on tv all year and we can't wait for it to kick of at 8pm tonight. The Bake Off brings together 12 budding bakers who compete in three tasks each week for the glory of winning star baker and getting one step closer to the final. One contestant is said goodbye to at the end of every episode and this decision comes down to the judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. If you want to have a sneak peak at the line up for this year click here to see the contestants and read their background stories. So you may be wondering what's happened to all the past contestants who we loved watching in the tent of dreams. Last year, in series 6, there was an average of 12.3 million viewers and over 14 million watched the final where Nadiya Hussain was crowned the winner. Since winning the show she has released a book, featured on many chat shows and tonight, will be seen straight after Bake Off on her very own tv show. The show, Chronicles of Nadiya, will follow Nadiya when she travels to Bangladesh to discover the foodie scene where her family live.We can't wait to have her back on our screens.  Earlier this year she was also asked to bake the Queen's birthday cake, what an honour! Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 10.42.29 Photo credit - Tamal Ray, another popular contestant from last series, also has his own show tv show called Be Your Own Doctor on channel 4. Can you remember back to the very first series of Bakes Off? Edd Kimber, the original champion, has been busy since releasing three cookbooks, running baking classes and blogging on his website The Boy Who Bakes. He is joining in on the Bake Off hype this year and has been tweeting today saying, "Tonights #GBBO technical challenge is Jaffa Cakes, if you fancy making them in time for the show this is my recipe". They look delicious...I wonder if any of the contestant's will look like this? 1422462720641 Photo credit - John Whaite, winner of series 3, has since studied at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London and now runs his very own cookery school. The classes at John Whaite's Kitchen  range from making bread, afternoon teas, chocolates and festive bakes. As well as this he is the resident chef on ITV's Lorraine and writes for the Telegraph. Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 10.24.00 Photo credit - Frances Quinn was another winner who was remembered for her very creative bakes on the show. We love following her on Instagram as she is such an inspiring baker. Have a look at her cookbook Quinntessential Baking for some fun baking ideas. Below is her 'Midsummer Nights Dream Cake' which was her last bake on the show. Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 10.47.54 Ruby Tandoh, who lost out to the prize to Frances, has since released her baking book Crumb and cookbook Flavour:Eat What You Love. She has found a new passion for food writing and hopes to one day open her own cafe. Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 12.04.06 Photo credit - The youngest contestant to have featured on Bake Off was Martha Collison who was still studying at school whilst on the show. She now writes a weekly column for Waitrose, demonstrates at baking festivals and has been working with big food companies such as Cadbury's. We're sure she's one to keep an eye on in the world of baking! Check out her blog Baking Martha for her latest recipes. Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 12.12.12 Photo credit - Finally, lets not forget poor Iain Watters who had his Baked Alaska removed from the freezer in 2014, which ended with him throwing the melted mess into the bin, storming out the tent and later being chosen to leave the show that week. Diana Beard, fellow contestant who accidentally removed the bake from the freezer left the show following the event but we forgive you Diana, these things happen. Make sure you tune in tonight at 8pm on BBC 1 to watch all the action! Tomorrow we'll be reviewing all the mishaps and marvels and sharing our versions of the technical challenge.  

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