Get ready GBBO fans, a brand new season of innuendos, soggy bottoms, and outlandishly bright shirts is kicking off on Channel 4 tonight at 8pm.

Under the watchful eyes of Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith - as well as Presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding - 13 amateur bakers will take to the tent to tackle a variety of baking challenges, with each week becoming progressively more difficult. 

From signature bakes to showstoppers, these contestants will have to master a variety of skills to be crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2019.

Without further ado, let's meet the bakers...

Alice, 28
At just 15 years of age, while recovering from a back operation for scoliosis, Essex-born Alice turned her hand to baking – and perfected the fruit pavlova while she was living in New Zealand in her early 20s, where she also attended art school. 

Now living in East London, and working as a Geography teacher, she uses cakes in her lessons – demonstrating everything from coastal erosion to volcanic activity.  She loves making highly decorative layered cakes for her friends and family.  

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Alice (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Amelia, 24
Fashion designer Amelia has been baking for 19 years – watching her mum and grandma creating beautiful cake decorations inspired her to start baking as a child.

Born to a Caribbean father and British/half-Polish mother, Amelia grew up in Halifax and studied in Leeds and Leicester. She honed her baking skills while at university, baking for friends and college fundraising events.

Now living in London and working as a sportswear designer, Amelia draws on her northern roots to inspire her baking and believes that freshly farmed produce is essential for a satisfying bake.

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Amelia (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Dan, 32
Support Worker Dan is predominantly a self-taught baker but has fond memories of his mum showing him how to bake a Victoria sponge as a child and his army chef dad coming to school to teach how to plait and bake bread. He got serious about baking at age 21 in a bid to impress his then-girlfriend (now wife) with a themed birthday cake.

Born in Worksop and raised in Rotherham, Dan lives just 20 minutes away from where he grew up, with wife Laura and their three dogs. His favourite part of the baking process is decoration and he loves producing awe-inspiring bakes. 

Dan (Love Productions/Channel 4)

David, 36
International Health Adviser David grew up in rural Yorkshire, where his mum (who baked all the time) inspired him to start baking. His passion was further developed by his travels to Malawi, where he learned to build an oven out of an oil drum and invented a cake that could steam cook over a village fire.

David studied art and design before switching to nursing. When he’s not travelling the world for work, he lives in London and has lots of hobbies like cycling and ceramics. David’s baking repertoire is broad, but his strengths lie in bread.

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David (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Helena, 40
Online Project Manager Helena spent much of her childhood watching her Spanish grandmother cook and bake, but it was only after moving to Las Vegas as part of an exchange scheme at school and living with a Mormon family that Helena really started baking.

Helena lives in Leeds with her husband and baby daughter and enjoys using American flavours, such as pumpkin, pecans, maple and cinnamon in her bakes. She also likes to use traditional Spanish flavours, including almond and paprika, as well as incorporating her passion for all things Halloween into her baking creations.

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Helena (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Henry, 20
Student Henry’s love of baking began at the age of 12 when he became fascinated by the activity taking place in the Bake Off tent which fortuitously pitched up in his local park. He began to experiment on his family, friends and teachers with a huge variety of bakes, developing a style of bake that is elegant and composed of delicate, carefully combined flavours.

These days, he tests out his culinary skills on the discerning student palates of his university housemates at Durham University where he is studying English Literature.

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Henry (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Jamie, 20
Jamie’s grandma and parents taught him the baking basics, but it was after an episode of Bake Off inspired him to make a plaited loaf that his baking aspirations really took hold.

Born and raised with his identical twin brother in Surrey, Jamie is working as a part-time waiter in the lead-up to studying Sports Science at university.

He happily takes on more technically difficult bakes, such as a croquembouche and croissants and has a fairly traditional approach to his flavours – although he likes to experiment with what he can find in the house.

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Jamie  (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Michael, 26
Theatre manager and fitness instructor Michael inherited his baking skills from his mother who encouraged him to learn from old, handwritten recipes passed down from his mother’s grandparents.

Although he was born in Newcastle, the 26-year-old considers himself Scottish as he moved to Scone in Scotland at age seven and studied in Edinburgh. He now works as a manager at a prestigious theatre company in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Michael has attempted pretty much every discipline in baking, but his strengths lie in cakes and pastry. 

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Michael  (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Michelle, 35
Print Shop Administrator Michelle first fell in love with baking as a child watching her mother doing traditional baking at home. She grew up on a farm and now lives in the seaside town of Tenby with her husband and teenage son.

Michelle bakes almost every other day and loves experimenting with flavour combinations and using seasonal vegetables from her own vegetable patch. Her bakes are precise and finessed, and created with an emphasis on good-quality, local produce.

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Michelle (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Phil, 56
HGV Driver Phil was introduced to the joys of baking bread in his home economics class at school, but it wasn’t until six years ago that he started to take baking seriously. He now bakes four or five times a week, frequently making focaccia, granary bread and brioche.

Phil grew up in Barking but now lives in Rainham, with his wife and two daughters. Working the early shifts means that Phil can spend the rest of his day preparing some of the family meals and baking treats for his family and friends.

He has been working really hard on his decoration and piping techniques over the last year and now also loves to create really delicately decorated cakes. 

Phil (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Priya, 34
Marketing Consultant Priya’s first foray into baking started with an after-school baking club at primary school. Then, ten years ago she began baking more seriously as means to help her relax.

A freelance marketing consultant and self-confessed perfectionist, Priya lives in her home town of Leicester with her husband and two children, and is writing her first novel. She’s recently started experimenting with vegan baking and loves tropical, fruity flavours.

When her kids are older, she’d love to travel the world tasting sweet and savoury treats – a sort of ‘around the world in 80 bakes’.

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Priya (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Rosie, 28
Veterinary Surgeon Rosie’s baking passions began when she was given a children’s baking book at age five. She grew up in a small town in Oxfordshire and studied at Cambridge. She now lives in Somerset with her childhood-sweetheart husband and many animals.

With a love of patisserie, a little box of mixed pastries is Rosie’s ‘go-to’ bake. Her baking is inspired by her rural surroundings, from the orchards next door, to the fresh eggs laid by her ducks and chickens.

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Rosie (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Steph, 28
Shop Assistant Steph’s grandad got her baking with his love of homemade bread. She’s always loved making a mess in the kitchen, but she has been baking with a vengeance for the past three or so years. She is primarily self-taught and considers herself an ‘intermediate, still-learning’ baker.

Steph lives in Chester with her mum, and her passion for sports and wellness inspires her baking: she enjoys the challenge of making her bakes healthier, adding vegetables or fruits, lowering the refined sugar content and prioritising more nutritional fats. 

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Steph (Love Productions/Channel 4)

Images and bio information courtesy of Love Productions/Channel 4.