If you've never watched the Great British Bake Off, aka #GBBO, then where have you been ?!

If you’ve never watched the Great British Bake Off, aka GBBO, then where have you been?! The 5th series of the BBC hit show hit screens in August, with an upgrade from BBC2 to BBC1, so we thought we’d put together a guide to everything you need to know about GBBO!

What is the Great British Bake Off?

It is the ultimate battle to be crowned the UK’s Best Amateur Baker. The series is aired over ten weeks, with each weekly hour-long episode following the trials and tribulations of the 12 competitors. These 12 amateur bakers come from all walks of life, with a shared passion for baking, to take on a different baking task each week. One by one the bakers are eliminated, and the tasks become more and more difficult, until only one baker is left to be crowned the winner!

What are the baking tasks?

There are three different types of baking challenge that the competitors could be asked to do:

  • Signature bake: This is the chance for the bakers to show the judges their personality and creative flair by producing a cute, rustic, homemade baked item.
  • Technical bake: Each baker is given the same recipe, with the same ingredients, but the finished result will depend on their own technical knowledge and experience. The bakers are laid bare in this task, and the wheat is really separated from the chaff!
  • Showstopper bake: In this challenge the bakers can really show off the depth of their skill and talent. The judges will be looking for a professional standard in taste and appearance – can the bakers deliver the goods?

Who are the judges?

  • Mary Berry: With almost 60 years of baking and cooking experience, Mary Berry is considered the queen of the baking world. She has published 70 cookery books in her time, and was even awarded an CBE in 2012 for her services to the culinary arts. All of this makes her the ideal judge on a show like GBBO!
  • Paul Hollywood: This baker’s son originally trained as a sculptor, until his father persuaded him to change careers. Combining his love of sculpting with his flair for baking led to Paul becoming one of the UK’s leading artisan bakers. His impressive career has seen him work in the Dorchester in London, among several other exclusive hotels, as well as releasing several best-selling cookery books.

You can catch the current series of GBBO on BBC1, Wednesday evenings at 8pm!