FANS of Bake Off can't wait for the spin of show to kick off TONIGHT (May 26, 2020).
Bake Off: The Professionals is back with a brand new batch of contestants.
Who are the contestants on Bake Off: The Professionals 2020?
Bake Off: The Professionals is back for its fifth series.
The show kicks off with two heats – with six teams in each.
We take you through the 12 teams competing on the 2020 series and the restaurants they’re representing.
Domenico and Alessandra from Park Plaza Hotels
Italian Domenico is Head Pastry Chef at Park Plaza Hotels in London where he manages Alessandra.
She credits Domenico with teaching her most of what she knows.
They have worked together for many years in both the UK and Italy.
Natalie and Kristine from Lexington Catering
Natalie is Head Pastry chef at award-winning London-based catering company, Lexington Catering.
They create unique pastry treats for banks, law firms and agencies in the city.
In 2002 Natalie won Silver for her pastillage work at the UK’s largest hospitality event in 2002.
She met Kristine on a chocolate course and have been friends and co-workers ever since.
Andrew and Ian from The Lounge
Andrew and Ian are representing their independently run Ramsbottom restaurant, The Lounge.
Owner, Andrew, has worked for five Michelin Star restaurants in his career, and opened his first restaurant in 2004.
Two years later, he opened The Lounge, with Ian joining in 2019.
Clanny and Ryan from The Ivy
Clanny and Ryan both grew up in Goa and are both Head Pastry Chefs for celeb hangout Ivy Club.
They have made desserts for the Queen, JK Rowling and Prince William to name but a few.
Tracy and Moos from T.Sweetmap
Tracy swapped being a counsellor to become a professional pastry chef, gaining experience in London and Paris before opening T.sweetmap.
Meanwhile Moos has worked as a pastry chef The Ritz, The Connaught and The Langham.
James and Neta from Andaz Hotel
Le Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef James moved from South Australia to London in 2011 to pursue his career.
He worked at Dominic Ansel’s Bakery in London where he met Neta.
Neta grew up in Israel and served in the army for nearly five years before switching careers to be a pastry chef.
Grete and Rosamaria from Cakes and Bubbles
Cakes and Bubbles is the only dessert only restaurant within 5 star London hotel, the Café Royal.
Grete is Head Pastry Chef, and Rosamaria moved from Italy to London to work with her.
Thibault and Laurian from Cocorico Patisserie
Laurian and Thibault may look familiar, and that’s because they’ve been on the show before.
Having reached the final in 2018 they are determined to win this year.
Lauren founded Cocorico in 2010 and Thibault, who came 2nd in the UK Sugar Championships in 2017, began working with him in 2015.
Ioan and Mareks from Macdonald Berystede
Romanian born Ioan has worked at various hotels in the UK before becoming Head Chef at Macdonald Berystede.
He works alongside sous chef Mareks who grew up in Latvia and began his career in a local bakery.
Nick and Paul from Talland Bay Hotel
Talland Bay Hotel’s Head Chef Nick and Pastry Chef Paul have worked together for 12 years.
Nick has worked at various hotels across the country before taking his current position in 2013, where he creates inventive menus for his guests.
Meanwhile, Paul’s started his career in the antiques trade but decided pastry was his vocation in life.
Ruth and Laura from The Hurlingham Club
Ruth and Laura are hoping to become the first ever all-female team to win the series.
Ruth has racked up an impressive list of Michelin-starred restaurants on her CV.
Meanwhile Laura initially worked in banking before pursuing her dreams.
Theodore and Neil from Venachar Lochside
Fine dining restaurant Venachar Lochside boasts great food and a beautiful setting in the heart of Loch Lomand.
Theodore got his first job at 14 and became an apprentice under Albert Roux, which launched his pastry career.
Neil was a delivery driver but then he decided to pursue a new career in pastry.
In 2018 was awarded Bronze in Scottish Chef of the Year.
When is Bake Off: The Professionals on TV?
The new series kicks off TONIGHT (May 26, 2020).
You can catch it from 8pm on Channel 4.
After it has aired it will be on 4 Catch Up.
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