Who is Chuen-Yan ‘Yan’? Great British Bake Off 2017 contestant and laboratory research assistant

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THE Great British Bake Off has returned for a new series and a new group of hopeful bakers have their whisks and piping bags at the ready, looking to make their mark in the kitchen.

Among the batch is biomedical scientist Chuen-Yan “Yan”, who is hoping to bake her way into viewer’s hearts. But what else do we know about her?

 Chuen-Yan "Yan" is one of the contestants in the latest series of The Great British Bake Off

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Chuen-Yan “Yan” is one of the contestants in the latest series of The Great British Bake Off

Who is Yan and what does she do?

Hong Kong-born Yan, 46, from north London, moved to the UK with her family, which included brother Ken, when she was two.

The biomedical scientist now has another brother Yee, and a sister called Ying.

She started to bake seriously 10 years ago when she found herself in between 24-hour shifts, working as a molecular biologist for the NHS.

Her Chinese upbringing meant she would typically steam rather than bake, and use the oven as storage space, but she has since developed a passion for it.

Yan currently working as a laboratory research scientist for The Francis Crock Institute and lives in north London with her wife, Marian and cat Kacey.

What is Yan’s social media?

Currently Yan doesn’t appear to be active on Instagram and Twitter but this could change throughout the show.

 Yan started to bake seriously 10 years ago when she found herself in between 24 hour shifts, working as a molecular biologist

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Yan started to bake seriously 10 years ago when she found herself in between 24 hour shifts, working as a molecular biologist

When is Great British Bake Off on Channel Four?

The new series of The Great British Bake Off started on August 29 at 8pm and continues to air every week on Tuesday at 8pm Channel 4.

The Bake Off was bought by Channel 4 last year amid much controversy, meaning the popular cooking contest moved from the BBC.

There were a few casualties of the move so popular hosts Mel and Sue and much-loved judge Mary Berry won’t be appearing on the new series.

 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

Paul Hollywood will now be joined on the judging panel by Great British Menu judge Prue Leith.

While the show will now be presented by Sandi Toksvig and funny man Noel Fielding.

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