THE Great British Bake Off is back with a brand new group of 12 hopeful bakers looking to impress the judges.
Among them is project manager Manon who wowed the judges in the very first week but has already drawn ire from fans after accusations of a fix. Here’s everything you need to know about her…
Who is Manon from The Great British Bake Off 2018?
Manon Lagreve, 26, is a software project manager from London
She grew up in France and learned to bake with her mother and grandmother but her love of all things pastry started in earnest when she moved to London.
She said: “Baking in the tent is great because of the energy in there.
“At home I have a small kitchen and after a few hours baking there would be a lot of mess, so a lot of clearing up always.”
Her baking is inspired by her French heritage and also by her travels.
Why did Manon apply for the show?
She says GBBO was one of the first shows she watched when she moved to the UK.
Manon added that she wanted to go on the show for her “best friend and flatmate, and my closest girlfriends that have always rooted for me and supported me throughout my baking journey”.
She’s certainly on her way as Manon won Star Baker for her biscuit bakes in week one.
However, it soon emerged the 26-year-old had competed in BBC1 cooking show The Box three years ago which saw her appearance on the Channel 4 show branded a fix.
A TV source said: “Bake Off is all about normal people who enjoy creating food masterpieces being plucked from nowhere to try and become Britain’s top amateur baker.
“It’s meant to be a level playing field for all contestants in terms of stepping into that tent for the first time.
“For one person to have been in a TV environment before gives them a huge advantage. It’s all a bit unfair.”
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When did The Great British Bake Off start on Channel 4?
The Great British Bake Off 2018 started on Tuesday, August 28, at 8pm on Channel 4.
Last year’s series was won by Sophie Faldo who was an officer in the British Army’s Royal Artillery.
The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice hosted by Jo Brand is on Fridays at 8pm on Channel 4.