12 tasty facts to nibble on before the Great SA Bake Off tonight

Cape Town – Are you ready for another season of fun in the Great SA Bake Off tent?

We certainly are, but first, why not get to know the 12 contestants you’ll be rooting for when they hit your screens for the first time on Tuesday night?

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1. Hailing from Jozi, family means everything to Desmond Solomon. While his first baking attempt was a coconut cake recipe given to him from his mother, Desmond is looking forward to working with chocolate on the show.

2. Alice Chan first got into baking when using the recipes to learn English. Her first bake, which has now also become her signature bake, was a cheese cake.

3. Look out for BA student Ameer Cloete’s chocolate and vanilla cakes.

4. In true Captonian style, Bianca Breytenbach compares herself to a rainbow layered cake with a dark chocolate ganache filling and admits she will be following recipes, for the most part, during the competition.

5. Self-employed Cameron Snyman has been baking since he was in primary school and what would he be if he was a baked good? Well, anything delicious.

6. Kershni Naidoo claims to be a pro at birthday cakes. While she is looking forward to cake week – which is week one in the tent - the Home Executive is not looking forward to baking scones as they turned out to be rock cakes when she first tried to make them.

7. Khanya Mchunu, from Ladysmith, is the only contestant this season who loves to experiment with alcoholic bakes. Will she break the bad luck streak of alcoholic bakes in the tent?

8. Sibongile Mhlaba’s baking passion comes from the reaction she gets when people eat her treats. And if there’s one bake she stands by it’s her carrot cake.

9. Simmi Ramnarian stays true to her family’s traditions and loves to bake during Diwali. The Durbanite’s cooking style is to keep it plain and simple but not boring.

10. Medical laboratory professional, Gerrard Kistanna loves to mix science, food and art and always experiments with new things in the kitchen.

11. She may be the youngest out of the contestants but Madeline Kriel is definitely a tough cookie and is the gluten free guru in the tent this year.

12. Bryan Bergsteedt, who is also from Cape Town, thinks a cheesecake is the most difficult bake to tackle. His top baking tip in the kitchen is to spin the cake tin before putting it in the oven to ensure an even bake.

Watch The Great South African Bake Off weekly from Tuesday, 17 October on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00.