Bake Off contestant details ‘stressful lead up Really horrible

The Great British Bake Off: Meet the new bakers

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The new series of Great British Bake Off has officially started as viewers welcomed 12 new bakers into the tent. Former contestant Dan Chambers has revealed why the lead-up to his debut TV appearance was “horrible”.

As series 13 of the popular Channel 4 baking show is in full swing, fans prepare to watch a group of new bakers try to impress judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.

Starting the show with cake week, the 12 contestants had to show off their culinary skills during a signature, technical and showstopper round.

Sadly, viewers said goodbye to 45-year-old Will from London who over-baked his final cake, which was a recreation of his former flat.

Knowing what it’s like to be eliminated during week one is series 10 baker Dan explained it was stressful preparing for the show.

The former contestant admitted once the filming for your series is over, you have to then wait months to be able to share the news.

He said: “The lead-up to the show was really stressful.

“Really horrible actually, you can’t tell anybody, and I was sticking to that.”

Dan shared once Prue and Paul announced he was being sent home, the producers let the hugging between the contestants go on for a while before being moved on to do his exit interview.

However, despite being eliminated from the competition, Dan confessed the first person to be sent home has to stay for another night at the hotel.

He explained it’s down to the fact photos have to be taken on Monday as filming for the first weekend is five days long with the contestants arriving at a hotel on Thursday.

Dan told Metro.co.uk: “You’ve got all those photos to take when you’ve already gone.

“It felt weird because I look back at those photos knowing I had already left.”

The former contestant shared the bakers had a WhatsApp group to be able to keep up to date with how everyone was doing throughout the competition.

Speaking about the judges and hosts of the show, Dan stated Prue and Paul come in at certain times when people are baking but the presenters are always there.

Touching on what Noel Fielding is like, he confessed he’s similar to how people see him on TV.

However, much of what he said didn’t get aired in the end.

Dan added: “He would just say anything he wanted to and it might not have been quite appropriate.”

Although viewers said goodbye to Will at the start of the new series, they got to see star baker Janusz impress Paul and Prue.

Making a ‘home is where the flowers grow’ cake, Prue called his creation utterly delicious with Paul complimenting his decoration and pipe work.

Great British Bake Off airs on Tuesdays on Channel 4 at 8pm 

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