Meet Bake Off 2019's Henry – student from Durham hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

THE Great British Bake Off made its return to the small screen in August and Henry Bird is just one of the talented bakers in the latest series.

Here is what you need to know about the baking amateurs and Bake Off 2019.

Who is The Great British Bake Off 2019 contestant Henry?

Henry Bird is one of the youngest contestants to take part in The Great British Bake Off 2019 at 20 years old.

He is a student from Durham, who has loved baking since the age of 12, when the Bake Off tent pitched up in his local park.

The Bake Off contestant tested his creations on his family, friends and teachers growing up but now brings his experiments to students at Durham University.

Henry is currently studying English Literature at the university and is known for his elegant culinary skills.

He posts his creative bakes on Instagram here.

What has happened to Henry in Bake Off so far?

  • Week One, Cakes – Henry came top in the Technical Challenge with his layered angel cakes but only just averted disaster in his Showstopper when his delicate royal icing house broke.
  • Week Two, Biscuits – While he was dresseed to impress in a tie, Henry bit off more than he could chew with his Coffee, Cardamom & Hazelnut biscuit bars. And he also failed to wow the judges with his Chapel Organ biscuit sculpture despite it's "great" flavour.
  • Week Three, Bread – His Chicken and Pesto tear and share loaf and herb garden scored bread didn’t wow the crowd in Bread Week but he was the winner of the Soft Baps and burger technical challenge.

What has Henry said about The Great British Bake Off 2019?

The student has admired Bake Off from a distance since series two and had been eager to get inside.

He enthused: “I have wanted to get into the tent since series two.

"They filmed it at the end of my road, so I used to see Paul Hollywood when I walked past the tent to go to school in the mornings, so I really got into it.

"To be inside the actual tent was totally wonderful.”

Of his first day of filming, he added: “I told Paul that I remembered him filming at Valentine’s for series two and we had a chat about that and shared our memories of that time.

“So he knew I had come full circle and was now in the tent, and that was pretty special.”

When did The Great British Bake Off 2019 start?

The Great British Bake Off returned on August 27, 2019.

The new series kicked off on Channel 4 at 8pm until 9.30pm, much like the 2018 series which started on August 28.

Bake Off is expected to run for 10 consecutive weeks and the final is likely to be in November 2019.

What is the Great British Bake Off prize?

With all the drama, sweat and tears that the dedicated bakers go through, you would expect they would be aiming for some grand cash prize, but the answer is no.

The winning prize is just flowers and a cake stand, at least that's what has happened so far.

Previous Bake Off contestant Martha Collison, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2014 series, confirmed to Barrelhouse: “Everyone is so surprised and thinks there must be some secret cash, but all we really get is a bunch of flowers and a cake stand.

“But then, you also kind of become a national treasure just by doing it because everyone in Britain loves the Bake Off so much.”

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