Meet Bake Off 2019’s Michelle Evans-Fecci – print shop administrator from Wales hoping to win over Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

THE Great British Bake Off is back with its tenth series and mum-of-one Michelle Evans-Fecci became the first contestant to be named star baker of the week.

Here is what you need to know about the print shop administrator and Bake Off 2019 star.

Who is The Great British Bake Off 2019 contestant Michelle?

Michelle is a 35-year-old print shop administrator from Wales, who first fell in love with baking as a child, watching her mother cook.

She was brought up on a farm but now lives in the seaside town of Tenby with her husband and teenage son.

The mother-of-one bakes almost every other day and likes to experiment with flavour combinations, using seasonal vegetables from her own veggie patch.

Her bakes are often created with good-quality, local produce and made with precision.

On her Instagram page here, Michelle shares pictures of her mouth-watering bakes.

 Michelle was named star baker in week one


Michelle was named star baker in week one

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

Michelle was in a flood of tears when she discovered she would be participating in The Great British Bake Off 2019.

On making it to the tent, she said: “I was so emotional when I found out, I cry when I am happy and cry when I am sad.

“I have wanted it for so long, so I couldn’t believe it.”

She said those who know her would be pleased for her as she has dreamt of appearing on the show for ages.

 Michelle, third left, pictured with her fellow The Great British Bake Off contestants


Michelle, third left, pictured with her fellow The Great British Bake Off contestantsCredit: Mark Bourdillon/ Channel 4 images must not be altered or manipulated in any way. This pict

When does The Great British Bake Off 2019 start?

Channel 4 has confirmed The Great British Bake Off will return TONIGHT (August 27, 2019).

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The new series kicks off on Channel 4 at 8pm until 9.30pm.

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.”

 The Great British Bake Off judges and hosts, Prue, Paul, Noel and Sandi, seated on their named chairs


The Great British Bake Off judges and hosts, Prue, Paul, Noel and Sandi, seated on their named chairsCredit: mark bourdillon 07831 605033

Are Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith returning?

Yes! The twosome are back for the 2019 series to judge the creations of this years amateur baker.

Paul Hollywood has been a part of the show since it launched in 2010 on BBC One.

Meanwhile, Prue Leith joined the series in 2017 when the programme switched to Channel 4, replacing Mary Berry.

Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will also reprise their role as hosts of the popular TV programme.

Who won The Great British Bake off 2018?

Research scientist Rahul Mandal, 32, was the 2018 Bake Off winner.

He overcame two disasters – an icing explosion and a shattered mixing bowl – in the final to win the show.

After winning the show Rahul was signed as a columnist for The Times Magazine, as part of their Saturday supplement.

You can also find him regularly cooking on This Morning.


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