Twelve new bakers will be donning their aprons and taking their place in the iconic Bake Off shed under the watchful eyes of judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran and hosts Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle. Together Maggie and Matt judge the home baking enthusiasts over 10 weeks, as all the bakers will take on 30 delicious challenges to test their baking prowess, creativity, and skill.
The Great Australian Bake Off bakers are:
HAYDN ALLBUTT– Age: 46 Occupation: Scientist and Stay-At-Home Dad
HODA ALZUBAIDI- Age: 28 Occupation: Publishing Sales. Born inIran
ASHLEY CALLAGHAN -Age: 30 Occupation: Retired Navy Veteran
AARON HAWTON- Age: 31 Occupation: High School Teacher
LIDIA MOROSIN- Age: 62 Occupation: Retail Sales. Italian heritage.
TOM MOSBY- Age: 52 Occupation: CEO. Grew up on Thursday Island.
BLESSING MUDZIKITIRI- Age: 19Occupation: Disability Support Worker. Born in Zimbabwe
NURMAN NOOR– Age: 35 Occupation: GP. Born in Indonesia.
JAWIN RATCHAWONG- Age: 27 Occupation: Public Servant. Laos heritage
ELLA ROSSANIS- Age: 35 Occupation: Creative Copywriter
CARMEL SCASSA– Age: 48Occupation: Document Controller. Italian heritage
NAVEID “NAV” ZARSHO- Age: 32 Occupation: Recruitment Consultant. Born in Afghanistan.
Each week the bakers start with the Signature challenge, where the bakers put their personal spin on a familiar recipe. The tricky Technical bake is next where the bakers must tackle a previously unseen recipe set by either Maggie Beer or Matt Moran. Once complete, the bakes are blind-tasted and ranked in order of their success. Finally, the all-important Showstopper, where bakers are challenged to make the most spectacular, mouth-watering creation they can possibly manage. At the end of each week, one will be crowned Star Baker, and one will leave the shed. The baker who has demonstrated the most artistry and creativity after all 30 challenges will be crowned Australia’s Best Amateur Baker!
Matt Moran said: “I am really excited about this season’s batch of bakers….certainly some of the best bakes we’ve ever seen. The techniques they were learning through the technical bakes were being put back into the showstoppers, and I know Maggie and I were very excited and humbled by that.”
The Great Australian Bake Off is a BBC Studios production in Australia for FOXTEL based on a format created by Love Productions and licensed by BBC Studios distribution.
In celebration of the new season of The Great Australian Bake Off, LifeStyle presents The Great Bake Off Pop-Up channel, available from January 19 at 6am through to January 27 on channel 128. The Great Bake Off Pop-Up channel, available to all residentials customers, is the destination for the Bake Off franchises from all around the world including The Great British Bake Off, The Great Canadian Bake Off, The Great Kiwi Bake Off and The Great Kenyan Bake Off.
The Great Australian Bake Off premieres Thursdays at 8.30pm from January 27 on FOXTEL. Watch on LifeStyle and On Demand.