The Great British Bake Off 2013: Meet the contestants

Have you heard the good news? The Bake Off is back! You can expect the usual friendly faces of presenters Mel and Sue and the experts Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. Before it starts, we have rounded up all you need to know about this years hopefuls, which include a dentist, a student and a carpenter.

Along with the usual pressures of the Bake Off, this time round there is an extra contestant, which means everyone will be relying even more on the mercy of

Paul and Mary, as at any point they could choose not just one, but two bakers to leave the competition.

We can expect the classic test which showcase talent, imagination and personality in the signature challenges which will show contestants making home baking classics like a simple sandwich cake. But will they stick to safe? Or try something a little bit different to try and stand out? We cannot wait to find out!

Over the years we have put together quite the collection of recipes from both

Paul and Mary for you, so why not try out some of their gorgeous cakes and bakes to celebrate a new Great British Bake Off?Read more about the new series of The Great British Bake Off

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