How To Apply For The Great British Bake Off – Application Deadline, Selection Process And Criteria


THE Great British Bake Off is the most talked about cooking show on the telly, which helps rising bakers make a name for themselves.

But do you think you have what it takes in the kitchen? Here’s the lowdown on how you can apply for The Great British Bake Off.

PA:Press Association The 12 contestants for Bake Off 2017 alongside the judges and presenters

How to apply for The Great British Bake Off?

The eighth series of Bake Off ended in October 2017, and unfortunately applications have already closed for the ninth series that will air in 2018.

The Great British Bake Off website states that applicants would have been notified if they had been successful by March, 2018.

Applications for this year’s show opened on 24th October, 2017 and ran until January 2018, so if you want to apply for 2019 check back at the website in October 2018.


What is the criteria to get on The Great British Bake Off?

Previously, before you could consider applying for Bake Off, you must have ensured you fit the following criteria:

Be over the age of 16 on 1st January 2017 Be a resident of the UK (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands) Have never worked as a full-time baker, cook or chef Do not have an NVQ or other qualification in baking, cooking, food production, catering or food preparation – unless obtained over ten years ago. Be able to commit to all filming days – these will be confirmed if your application is successful. Not be closely related to a member of the Channel 4 or Love Productions – or anyone else involved in the programme

In the past the application form could be completed online or downloaded and completed in writing.

BBC In previous years, if you made it past the application stage you would be required to bring two bakes along to a panel of judges

What’s on the application form for The Great British Bake Off?

Mat Riley, who took part in series six, said the application was a long process.

He said: “I did (my form) before Christmas and I think we started filming in May – it’s a long process.”

According to the baker, the application form is about four or five pages of questions and asks all sorts of technical things about your bakes.

You’ll also need to send in some pictures of your bakes, so setting up an Instagram page to show off your culinary delights may be useful.

What is The Great British Bake Off selection process?

Following the application form, contestant Mat said he had a chat over the phone before going along to meet the production team.

He said: “You had to take two bakes – something savoury and something sweet.”

Following this, there is an “audition day” where applicants are placed in a commercial kitchen and required to do a blind technical challenge.

This it to test baking ability as well as how you can act on screen.

BBC Jordan, who made it to week three of series five, has offered advice to future applicants

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