Meet Bake Off 2019’s Phil Thorne – HGV driver from Essex hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith – The Scottish Sun

THE Great British Bake Off is returning to our screens with Phil Thorne among the baker’s dozen competing. Here is what you need to know about the baking enthusiast and Bake Off 2019.

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Meet Bake Off 2019’s Phil

Who is The Great British Bake Off 2019 contestant Phil?

Phil, 56, took up baking six years ago and now puts his culinary skills to the test four or five times a week. The HGV driver, who grew up in Barking, first got a taste for baking during his home economics class at school.

Now, he lives in Rainham, with his wife and two daughters and treats his family and friends to some of his bakes. In the last year, he has been working really hard on his decoration and piping techniques. The father likes to share images of some of his bakes on his Instagram account here.

What has Phil said about The Great British Bake Off 2019?

Phil had to pinch himself when he arrived at The Great British Bake Off site, as he has wanted to be there for years.

Of his first week on the show, he said: “My memory of the first week is being minibussed into the site and seeing the tent, those wonderful white peaks and thinking that this is happening, it’s not just a dream. “I have yearned for this for years, it’s amazing.”

Meet Bake Off 2019’s Phil Thorne – HGV driver from Essex hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith - The Scottish Sun

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Phil, back right, with his fellow Great British Bake Off contestantsCredit: Mark Bourdillon/ Channel 4 images must not be altered or manipulated in any way.

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When does The Great British Bake Off 2019 start?

Channel 4 has confirmed The Great British Bake Off will return on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. The new series kicks off on Channel 4 at 8pm until 9.30pm, much like the 2018 series which started on August 28. Bake Off is expected to run for 10 consecutive weeks and the final is likely to be in November 2019.

What is the Great British Bake Off prize?

With all the drama, sweat and tears that the dedicated bakers go through, you would expect they would be aiming for some grand cash prize, but the answer is no.

The winning prize is just flowers and a cake stand, at least that’s what has happened so far. Previous Bake Off contestant Martha Collison, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2014 series, confirmed to Barrelhouse: “Everyone is so surprised and thinks there must be some secret cash, but all we really get is a bunch of flowers and a cake stand. “But then, you also kind of become a national treasure just by doing it because everyone in Britain loves the Bake Off so much.”

Meet Bake Off 2019’s Phil Thorne – HGV driver from Essex hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith - The Scottish Sun

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The Great British Bake Off judges and hosts, Paul Hollywood, Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue LeithCredit: Mark Bourdillon/ Channel 4 images must not be altered or manipulated in any way. This pict

Are Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith returning?

Yes! The twosome are back for the 2019 series to judge the creations of this years amateur baker.

Paul Hollywood has been a part of the show since it launched in 2010 on BBC One. Meanwhile, Prue Leith joined the series in 2017 when the programme switched to Channel 4, replacing Mary Berry. Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will also reprise their role as hosts of the popular TV programme.


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Who won The Great British Bake off 2018?

Research scientist Rahul Mandal, 32, was the 2018 Bake Off winner.

He overcame two disasters – an icing explosion and a shattered mixing bowl – in the final to win the show.

After winning the show Rahul was signed as a columnist for The Times Magazine, as part of their Saturday supplement.

You can also find him regularly cooking on This Morning.

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