Think you could be the next Great British Bake Off winner?
New research has revealed some interesting statistics about what or who you might need to be to win!
The study has revealed that the average Bake Off expert is just 35 years old, working in a creative career, from the North-West and, most importantly, female.
In order to reach the upper echelons of baking perfection, it also helps to be doing so without a family; the majority of finalists are married, but don’t have any children, and only one finalist in the history of Bake Off had any grandchildren.
The research, by money-saving website vouchercloud, revealed that women do dominate, but not by as much as you’d expect – two thirds of winners but only just over half (10/18) of finalists were female.
The iconic show, hitting our screens once more for Season 7 on August 24th takes on contestants of all ages and occupations in a battle royal of baking perfection – as long as they aren’t professional chefs or bakers.
It also seemingly helps to come from a certain region – both the North West and Yorkshire have produced two winners each, with up North claiming four of the six titles on offer.
However, when it comes to finalists, it’s the North West and London that dominate, claiming 5 and 3 spots respectively. The South West and, surprisingly, the North East are lagging behind, with neither having contributed a contestant to an iconic GBBO finale.
Chris Johnson, Head of Affiliate Operations, commented: “It’s really interesting to see that some patterns emerge, despite the varied contestants across the six series so far.
The women are only narrowly beating the men, however, and the average age is especially surprising – who’d have thought that when the series started, the average age of the winners and finalists would be just 35, and two contestants under the age of 25 would have won?
“Though all that being said, the winners have ranged from 24 years old to 60, and have been anything from a debt collector to a retired grandmother.
It shows that despite the patterns and predictions, the field will always be wide open and it truly will be the best baker that will claim the iconic GBBO title”.
The Great British Bake Off returns to BBC One on August 24th.