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The Great British Bake Off: Chigs, Crystelle and Giuseppe prepare to battle it

The Great British Bake Off: Chigs, Crystelle and Giuseppe prepare to battle it out in the final… following shock late departure of three-time Star Baker Jurgen

  • Chigs Parmar, Giuseppe Dell’Anno and Crystelle Pereira will compete to be crowned the winner of the 12th series of the baking competition on Channel 4 
  • Last week saw three-time star baker Jurgen eliminated, leaving fans devastated by Jurgen’s departure, which came as a shock considering he was frontrunner 


The winner of The Great British Bake Off 2021 will be revealed during Tuesday’s final.

Chigs Parmar, Giuseppe Dell’Anno and Crystelle Pereira will compete to be crowned the winner of the 12th series of the amateur baking competition on Channel 4 a week on from the shock departure of frontrunner Jurgen. 

The trio are hoping to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith during a final round of signature, technical and showstopper tasks.

The countdown is ON! The winner of The Great British Bake Off 2021 will be revealed during Tuesday’s final (Chigs, Crystelle and Giuseppe pictured)

Last week saw three-time star baker Jurgen eliminated, leaving fans devastated by Jurgen’s departure, which came as a shock considering he was the frontrunner.

Speaking about his time on the show and his exit in the semi-final, Jurgen said: ‘I feel kind of OK… I kind of saw it coming. I think the others are more shocked than I am.

‘It has been incredible and I have really enjoyed being here. I have made friends for life, and I will be with them in spirit.’

Wah! Chigs Parmar, Giuseppe Dell'Anno and Crystelle Pereira will compete to be crowned the winner of the 12th series of the amateur baking competition on Channel 4

Wah! Chigs Parmar, Giuseppe Dell’Anno and Crystelle Pereira will compete to be crowned the winner of the 12th series of the amateur baking competition on Channel 4

The German physicist was considered a favourite to win the show outright but failed to impress during the patisserie-themed semi-final.

Sales manager Chigs, 40, from Leicester, only began baking regularly during the first national lockdown of 2020.

Italian amateur baker Giuseppe, 45, is a chief engineer and lives in Bristol with his wife and their three young sons.

He's gone! Last week saw three-time star baker Jurgen eliminated, leaving fans devastated by Jurgen's departure, which came as a shock considering he was the frontrunner having being named Star Baker three times

He’s gone! Last week saw three-time star baker Jurgen eliminated, leaving fans devastated by Jurgen’s departure, which came as a shock considering he was the frontrunner having being named Star Baker three times 

London-based client relationship manage Crystelle, meanwhile, began baking seriously three years ago.

The 26-year-old enjoys fusing spices from the places she has visited into her bakes.

It comes after Bake Off extended its license with Channel 4 and Love Productions for a further three years until 2024. 

The final airs at 8pm on Tuesday on Channel 4

Wah! The trio are hoping to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith during a final round of signature, technical and showstopper tasks

Wah! The trio are hoping to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith during a final round of signature, technical and showstopper tasks

GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2021: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

Dancing her way into the competition: Rochica's interest in baking developed when she was left unable to dance due to an injury

Dancing her way into the competition: Rochica’s interest in baking developed when she was left unable to dance due to an injury

Bread winner: Lover of traditional baking, Maggie's favourite recipe is bread

Bread winner: Lover of traditional baking, Maggie’s favourite recipe is bread 

Age: 27

Occupation: Junior HR Business Partner

From: Birmingham   

With a big Jamaican family on both sides, Rochica bakes in a way that reflects her Caribbean heritage. Rochica’s interest in baking developed when she was left unable to dance due to an injury. 

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired Nurse and Midwife

From: Dorset 

Maggie has an impressive collection of classic recipe books and loves recreating traditional bakes. Her favourite thing to bake is bread. 

¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿! George grew up in a close-knit Greek-Cypriot family where food was always a big part of family life

Έτοιμο, σετ, ψήσιμο! George grew up in a close-knit Greek-Cypriot family where food was always a big part of family life

GEORGE 

Age: 34

Occupation: Shared Lives Coordinator

From: London 

George grew up in a close-knit Greek-Cypriot family where food was always a big part of family life. His mum taught him to bake all the Greek classics, a legacy he’s now passing on to his three children.

Revving up the competition: Car Production Operative Lizzie loves baking cakes

 Revving up the competition: Car Production Operative Lizzie loves baking cakes

LIZZIE 

Age: 28

Occupation: Car Production Operative

From: Liverpool

Lizzie lives with dog, Prudence, in an annex in her parents garden and her baking comfort zone is cake. In her spare time she loves dancing.

Life-long dream: Freya has wanted to enter Bake Off since the first series, when she was aged nine and saw the tent in Bakewell

Life-long dream: Freya has wanted to enter Bake Off since the first series, when she was aged nine and saw the tent in Bakewell

FREYA 

Age: 19

Occupation: Psychology Student

From: North Yorkshire 

Freya has wanted to enter Bake Off since the first series, when she was aged nine and saw the tent in Bakewell. She likes to create plant-based bakes.

Pronto, impostato, cuocere! Originally from Italy, Giuseppe was inspired to bake by his father, a professional chef

Pronto, impostato, cuocere! Originally from Italy, Giuseppe was inspired to bake by his father, a professional chef

 GIUSEPPE

Age: 45

Occupation: Chief Engineer

From: Bristol

Originally from Italy, Giuseppe now lives in Bristol with his wife and their three young sons. He was inspired to bake by his father, a professional chef and loves using Italian flavours. 

Black Forest (Gateaux): Jürgen hails from Germany and bakes his own traditional German bread

Black Forest (Gateaux): Jürgen hails from Germany and bakes his own traditional German bread

JÜRGEN

Age: 56

Occupation: Computer Pro

From: Sussex 

Originally from the Black Forest in Germany, Jürgen moved to the UK in 2003. Unable to find traditional German bread here he decided to bake his own – and his passion has grown ever since. 

Locking it in: Chigs took up baking at the start of the first lockdown in 2020

Locking it in: Chigs took up baking at the start of the first lockdown in 2020 

CHIGS

Age: 40

Occupation: Sales Manager

From: Leicestershire

Chigs took up baking at the start of lockdown in 2020 teaching himself complex techniques by carefully studying online videos. 

Bringing the force: Cop Amanda learned to bake with her mum and paternal auntie

Bringing the force: Cop Amanda learned to bake with her mum and paternal auntie

AMANDA

Age: 56

Occupation: Met Police Detective

From: London

Raised in London with Greek-Cypriot heritage, the mother-of-two’s bakes are heavily influenced by Greece and the Middle East having learned to bake with her mum and paternal auntie. 

Midnight baker: Before he moved out of the family home, Tom's mum says she would often wake up to a sweet treat

Midnight baker: Before he moved out of the family home, Tom’s mum says she would often wake up to a sweet treat

TOM

Age: 28

Occupation: Software Developer

From: Kent

Tom’s mum has dubbed him the ‘midnight baker’ as before he moved out of the family home she would often wake up to a sweet treat… and a pile of washing up!  

Quadrilingual Crystelle! This home baker brings her diverse heritage to the flavours in her baking

Quadrilingual Crystelle! This home baker brings her diverse heritage to the flavours in her baking

CRYSTELLE

Age: 26

Occupation: Client Relationship Manager

From: London

Quadrilingual Crystelle is a baker who brings her wonderfully diverse heritage – born in northwest London to Kenyan born, Portuguese-Goan parents – to the flavours in her baking.

'Baking is like breathing!' Trinidadian-born Jairzeno spices up his baking with lots of Caribbean flavours

 ‘Baking is like breathing!’ Trinidadian-born Jairzeno spices up his baking with lots of Caribbean flavours

JAIRZENO

Age: 51

Occupation: Head Of Finance

From: London

Trinidadian-born Jairzeno says ‘baking is like breathing’. He loves using lots of Caribbean spices in his bakes. When he’s not baking he loves running. 

 

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