Bake Off: The Professionals 2021 is back on Channel 4 and from the contestants to results so far, here's all you need to know.
Bake Off: The Professionals airs weekly on Channel 4 on Tuesdays at 8PM and online via All 4.
Professional pairs from across the country will face off in a series of competitive heats judged by celebrated pastry chefs Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin.
Bake Off: The Professionals 2021 contestants
12 pairs of professionals will start the competition split into two heats. The top three from each heat go forward to the next stage where three more teams will face elimination weekly before the final.
Meet the teams from the first heat below...
Michael and Andrew – Gin & Bake
Kevin and Maria Vittoria – The Lanesborough
Jamie and Andréa – St. Ermins Hotel
Alex and Stacey - College of West Anglia
Sherrazade and Merryn – The Bristol Loaf
Julien and Elise – Julien Plumart
Bake Off: Professionals spoilers!
Celebrated pastry chefs Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin are judges for The Great British Bake Off's professionals spin-off while comedian Tom Allen and Great British Bake Off star Liam Charles hosts.
In the third episode, the first heat continues as hosts Liam and Tom welcome back the four remaining teams to take on the edible beast that is chocolate week.
For Benoit and Cherish, nothing less than perfection will do and they have a surprise up their sleeves in the shape of a secret challenge, where the teams must hero both chocolate and one of Benoit's favourite ingredients... without any recipes to hand. Who will rise and who will fall at this first chocolate challenge?
For the showpiece challenge, the teams must construct tall, beautiful and technically-precise mechanical chocolate showpieces, along with 48 chocolate bons bons with a moving part, inspired by the theme of robots... all in five hours. Which three teams will march on into the next round?