AN IT professional from Sussex is among the 12 contestants battling it out on this year’s Great British Bake Off.

The popular Channel 4 series will return on Tuesday, September 21, and ahead of next week’s series opener, the full contestant list has been revealed.

Jurgen, who is originally from the Black Forest in Germany, moved to the UK in 2003 and now lives with his wife and son overlooking the sea.

The Argus: Matt, Prue and Paul with Juergen on the Great British Bake OffMatt, Prue and Paul with Juergen on the Great British Bake Off

The 56-year-old first took up baking after being unable to find traditional German bread in his adopted home – and his passion for baking has grown ever since.

Jurgen said he never dreamt he would actually get into the Bake Off tent and could not believe it when he received the call confirming his place.

He said: “When the call came, I had a whole mix of feelings: being very excited, the floor dropping under my feet, and, ‘Do I really want to do this?’

The Argus: Jurgen is originally from the Black Forest in GermanyJurgen is originally from the Black Forest in Germany

“Seeing the tent for the first time, going into it and touching those benches. From then on it felt real.

“On the first day of filming - entering the tent for the first day of the competition, it was very different from what I expected.

“We were all very excited and were a very chatty group. This helped feeling relaxed despite being the focus of every person on the set.”

Jurgen is well-known for his Jewish challah bread, and for the celebration cakes that he loves to bake for friends and family.

The Argus: Jurgen used lockdown as an opportunity to improve his baking skillsJurgen used lockdown as an opportunity to improve his baking skills

He says that while lockdown was tough, he took the opportunity to develop his baking skills further.

He said: “My family was very cautious, we avoided shops where we could.

“As a result, I baked every bread and cake we ate during lockdown. And my baking certainly improved as a result.”

Outside of baking, Jurgen prides himself on being a talented trombonist – a talent he has passed on to his son.

He said: “If I had to make a selfie biscuit of myself, it would be me holding a trombone in front of rolling hills.

“I love playing music and I love to be in nature.”

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the series has been yet again filmed in a Covid secure bubble.

Hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding will return, among with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Episode one is set to air on Channel 4 at 8pm on Tuesday, 21 September.

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