Lets meet three more of the bakers who’ll be competing in series 5 of The Great British Bake Off, which starts this Wednesday night on BBC One.
Enwezor – Age 39
Born and raised near Harrow in North London, Enwezor is half Nigerian and half Japanese, and now lives in Portsmouth with his wife and four children. There the 39-year-old works as a business consultant at the cities university. Having grown up in a family that liked cooking, Enwezor has spent the last three years teaching himself to bake, with it quickly becoming one of his biggest passions. He even made over 900 loaves of bread while working a night shift with a professional baker, purely for the experience.
Enwezor looks set to be a determined competitor in this years Bake Off. Having once decided to enter The Great South Run barefoot, he spent the preceding eight months walking around Portsmouth barefoot to condition his feet for the race.
Martha – Age 17
At just 17 years of age, Martha is the Bake Off’s youngest ever contestant. Combining baking with exams and coursework, she takes revision breaks to make a batch of macaroons or a tower of profiteroles.
Martha is currently studying Food Technology, Chemistry and Maths. Hoping to become a food scientist when she’s older, Martha says: “I may be in school, but my head is always in the kitchen.” The teenager lives with her parents, younger sister and their white labradoodle Alfie – who likes to steal Martha’s bakes whenever the chance arises.
Norman – Age 66
Now retired and living on the north-east coast of Scotland, Norman joined the Merchant Navy aged just 17, where he travelled the world working as a radio operator. Norman’s father and brother were both bakers, though he didn’t fancy that lifestyle for himself. However, he’s now trying to bring back Scotland’s more traditional recipes, contacting some of his father’s old apprentices to revive these lost bakes.
Despite being fiercely Scottish, the 66-year-old likes to take his caravan to Perpignan in France, leading to some of his baking being inspired by French patisserie. Norman cultivates his own yeast starters to make his bread while also using it to brew his own beer and wine.
Read about more of The Great British Bake Off 2014 contestants.