Who is Stacey Hart? Great British Bake Off 2017 contestant who was a school teacher

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THE Great British Bake Off is back and with it a new crop of hopeful bakers looking to make their mark in the tent.

Among the batch is Stacey Hart. But what else do we know about the former teacher who is married to a former Asos chief. Here’s the info…

 Stacey Hart is one of the contestants on latest series of The Great British Bake Off

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Stacey Hart is one of the contestants on latest series of The Great British Bake Off

Who is Stacey Hart and what does she do?

Ex-teacher Stacey, 42, from Hertfordshire, has fond memories of helping her grandmother Phyllis make bread and butter pudding when she was a little girl.

During university, she really started to bake seriously and she likes to incorporate her Jewish heritage into her baking.

One of her specialities is a traditional homemade Challah that she bakes with every Friday night dinner.

Other favourite Jewish dishes include bagels, rye bread, honey cake and cinnamon balls.

She is a self-confessed perfectionist and can’t let any food leave her kitchen unless she is absolutely satisfied with it.

Stacey is married to husband James, who is a former Asos director, and she is kept busy by her three sons.

 One of her specialities is a traditional homemade Challah that she bakes with every Friday night dinner

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One of her specialities is a traditional homemade Challah that she bakes with every Friday night dinner

Why did Stacey Hart apply for the show?

The mum-of-three was encouraged to apply for the show by friends.

She said to The Jewish Chronicle: “I really fancied a challenge and wanted to do something for myself having given up my career to become a mum 10 years ago.

“I’m definitely known as a prolific baker. I always take round a bake or two whenever I go to friends’ houses. Am I any good? You’ll have to ask them! I have had many messages today from my friends wishing me good luck and they are very excited for me.”

What is Stacey Hart’s social media?

Stacey can be found tweeting at the handle @Staceydeehart, with her Twitter bio reading ‘I love to bake and cook for family and friends’.

Her Instagram is @staceydees, and is filled with photos of delicious bakes – and the occasional pup thrown in, too.

 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

When is Great British Bake Off on channel four?

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