The wait for the new series of the Great British Bake Off is finally over as the hit Channel 4 show returns to our screens this week.
A dozen new contestants have been announced, including the chief engineer of the UK’s National Composites Centre (NCC), who is based in Bristol.
Giuseppe Dell’Anno, 45, will compete against Britain’s best amateur bakers in the famous white tent in a bid to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
Mr Dell’Anno has worked at the NCC for eight years, most recently as its head engineer. He is also a senior manager of research and development (R&D) at packaging and equipment firm Seal Air Corporation, and was an industrial fellow at the University of Bristol until July 2021.
The NCC is based at Bristol and Bath Science Park, in Emersons Green, and is the UK’s world-leading composite research and development facility.
It is used by organisations when they need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable. In January, Colette Cohen OBE was appointed to the centre’s steering board.
The NCC uses state-of-the-art technology to help solve complex engineering challenges. It is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and works across sectors, including aerospace, energy, defence, space, construction, infrastructure, auto, rail, marine and biomedical.
In a post on LinkedIn, the NCC wrote: “News!!! So excited to be able to announce that our very own Giuseppe Dell’Anno is a contestant on this year’s Great British Bake Off . The series starts on 21st September. Ready. Steady, BAKE! #gbbo #teamGiuseppe.”
Mr Dell’Anno’s role at the NCC involves implementing the company’s technology strategy and oversight of the centre’s technical compliance. He also represents the engineering department at executive board level, according to LinkedIn.
His responsibilities include overall leadership of project functions, technical accountability and control of deliverables as well as executive control over key programmes of work for major global aerospace companies.
Richard Oldfield, chief executive of the NCC, said: “Everyone at the NCC is very proud of Giuseppe. He kept his baking skills a bit of a secret, so we’re all really excited to see how he gets on.
“We’re sure that his natural style and panache, combined with the precision and attention to detail of a chief engineer, will see the nation – and hopefully the judges – fall in love with him and his bakes.”
Mr Dell’Anno will be joining contestants from around the UK for this year’s show, including:
- Amanda, 56, a Met Police detective from London
- Crystelle, 26, a client relationship manager, of London
- George, 34, a Shared Lives coordinator, from London
- Freya, 19, a student from North Yorkshire
- Rochica, 27, an HR business partner from Birmingham
- Jürgen, 56, an IT Professional from Sussex
- Jairzeno, 51, a head of finance from London
- Tom, 28, a software developer from Kent
- Lizzie, 28, a car production operative from Liverpool
- Chigs, 40, a sales manager from Leicestershire
- Maggie, 70, a retired midwife from Dorset
Hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas are also returning for the 2021 series, which has been pre filmed. All the contestants, presenters and crew bubbled up for the show in the same way as last year.
Hannah Baker South West Business Editor, BusinessLive