When does Bake Off: The Professionals start on Channel 4, who is host Liam Charles and who are the teams competing?

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CHANNEL 4’s revamp of Great British Bake Off continues with a new spin-off show Bake Off: The Professionals.

It will replace the BBC’s Bake Off: Creme De La Creme. Here’s everything you need to know about the new show…

Liam Charles will co-host Bake Off: The Professionals
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What is Bake Off: The Professionals and when does it start?

Channel 4’s new series will see 12 professional baking duos – yet to be announced – compete against each other in a series of heats.

They will be judged by pastry chefs Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin who have held the same role since 2016.

There will also be new hosts to replace Tom Kerridge and Angus Deayton.

The show will be broadcast on Channel 4 in 2018 and there will be ten episodes. However a start date has not yet been announced.

Liam Charles starred in Great British Bake Off in 2017

Who are the hosts?

Liam Charles

The 20-year-old Hackney-born student starred in the recent Great British Bake Off but was eliminated from the competition in October.

At the time he expressed a desire to get “Paul Hollywood’s job in a couple of years” but seems to have been offered a starring role much sooner than he initially thought.

He said of the new show: “I’m totally amazed by the skill of professional chefs and to be doing this so soon after Bake Off, is just sick. I can’t wait to get cracking. I told you I’d be back.”

Tom Allen

The comedian is also one of the new hosts on The Professionals.

He has recently appeared on BBC1’s Wedding Day Winners, The Royal Variety Performance and Strictly’s It Takes Two.

Of his new role he tweeted: “Well it looks like I am co-hosting the new series of Bake Off: The Professionals with the lovely @LiamcBakes for @Channel4 and I am OVER THE MOON!”

Tom Allen will be joining Liam to host the show

Who are the judges?

Cherish Finden

Cherish is a multi-award winning Executive Pastry Chef at The Langham, London.

She moved to London in 2001 from Singapore but was well-known for her baking before the move.

To mark her impressive cakes and pastries, Cherish has won eighteen gold medals across a string of culinary competitions worldwide.

Benoit Blin

Benoit is Chef Patissier at Oxfordshire’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, where he has worked closely with Raymond Blanc OBE for over 20 years.

He grew up in a small town in Normandy, France and started his craft by getting an apprenticeship at a nearby bakery.

Benoit was awarded the established Master of Culinary Arts title in 2005 and holds a French Master’s degree in pastry.

This is his third year on the show.

Cherish Finden is one of the judges on the Great British Bake Off spin-off series
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