Music teacher Rowan among fresh batch of GBBO contestants

October 05 2020
Music teacher Rowan among fresh batch of GBBO contestants

A Worcester Sixth Form College music teacher has been among contestants in this year’s The Great British Bake Off.

Rowan Williams, 55, was one of 12 contenders taking part in the Channel 4 programme to find the top baker following a range of challenges.

He described his baking style as “ostentatious” but hoped it was considered “tasteful”.

He is entirely self taught and has a passion for French patisserie, liking complex, layered cakes.

Rowan likes decorating his bakes with flowers, preferably edible ones, using what is in bloom in his garden.

His love of the Georgian era encourages him to reinvent recipes from the 18th century.

The fitness enthusiast swims a mile most mornings and is a keen cyclist and horse rider.

Together with his partner he enjoys music, the arts and theatre.

He often researches the 1700s in the British Library.

This year's GBBO line-up consists of 12 contestants – one fewer than the baker's dozen who competed last year.

Matt Lucas has replaced Sandi Toksvig as host, joining the returning Noel Fielding.

The bakers were selected by April, but coronavirus restrictions meant the filming schedule had to be rewritten, and the series has reached screens a month later than usual. The show is normally filmed over three months, largely at weekends. 

However, this year the producers asked the contestants to take six weeks off work and stay in a secure filming location.