How to apply for The Great British Bake Off – application deadline, criteria and selection process

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THE Great British Bake Off is back and a group of hopefuls are currently whipping up sumptuous cakes and biscuits in a bid to be crowned the winner.

But do you think you have what it takes in the kitchen? Here’s how you can apply for the next series of The Great British Bake Off.

 The 12 contestants for Bake Off 2017 alongside the judges and presenters

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The 12 contestants for Bake Off 2017 alongside the judges and presenters

How to apply for The Great British Bake Off?

With the seventh series of Bake Off underway, baking enthusiasts will have to wait for a future series to get involved.

Love Productions, who are behind the show, confirmed to the Sun Online that fans should keep checking the website as “announcements for next year’s show will be available there.”

While applications may not be accepted at the moment, last year’s process can give an indication of what you’ll have to do to impress the judges and get in the famed tent.

What is the criteria to get on The Great British Bake Off?

Previously, before you could consider applying for Bake Off, you must have ensured you fit the following criteria:

  • be over the age of 16 on 1st January 2017
  • be a resident of the UK (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands)
  • have never worked as a full-time baker, cook or chef
  • do not have an NVQ or other qualification in baking, cooking, food production, catering or food preparation – unless obtained over ten years ago.
  • be able to commit to all filming days – these will be confirmed if your application is successful.
  • not be closely related to a member of the Channel 4 or Love Productions – or anyone else involved in the programme

In the past the application form could be completed online or downloaded and completed in writing.

 In previous years, if you made it past the application stage you would be required to bring two bakes along to a panel of judges

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In previous years, if you made it past the application stage you would be required to bring two bakes along to a panel of judges

What’s on the application form for The Great British Bake Off?

Mat Riley, who took part in series six, said the application was a long process.

He said: “I did (my form) before Christmas and I think we started filming in May – it’s a long process.”

According to the baker, the application form is about four or five pages of questions and asks all sorts of technical things about your bakes.

You’ll also need to send in some pictures of your bakes, so setting up an Instagram page to show off your culinary delights may be useful.

What is The Great British Bake Off selection process?

Following the application form, contestant Mat said he had a chat over the phone before going along to meet the production team.

He said: “You had to take two bakes – something savoury and something sweet.”

Following this, there is an “audition day” where applicants are placed in a commercial kitchen and required to do a blind technical challenge.

This it to test baking ability as well as how you can act on screen.

 Jordan, who made it to week three of series five, has offered advice to future applicants

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Jordan, who made it to week three of series five, has offered advice to future applicants

What happens in the final stage of The Great British Bake Off application process?

Mat says all correspondence between yourself and the production team is over the phone, and this is how you will be informed if you have been successful.

Speaking to The Telegraph, series five contestant Jordan Cox said the wait to find out if he had been successful felt like “forever”.

He said: “I had to wait so long to find out that I was on the show, it was at least six weeks after the final audition, which in TV land is a very long time.”

To future applicants, Jordan advises: “Be yourself. If you don’t they will soon find you out.

“The best advice I could give, and the route I would take if I could go on the show again is: ‘keep it simple stupid!'”

Candice Brown wins The Great British Bake Off

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