Bake Off: The Professionals – meet the season 5 contestants

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Bake Off alum Liam Charles will host Season 5 of Bake Off: The Professionals alongside Stacey Solomon

Bake Off: The Professionals is back for season five and eight new couples of professional pastry chefs will compete for a chance to win the coveted engraved silver serving tray.

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Although there is no cash prize, the winners of the prestigious competition are recognized in the baking world as the crème de la crème of the patisserie world.

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Benoit Blin and Cherish Find return to judge the chef’s culinary delights and Liam Charles, who placed fifth in season eight of The Great British Bake Off, returns as host.

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Charles is joined by singer and television personality Stacey Solomon, replacing comedian Tom Allen.

Bake Off: The Professionals is back for Season 5

Who are the professional chefs?

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The Hungarian couple run the kitchen at chic Gloucestershire restaurant Jó Szerencsét.

The pair have two children to look after when not in the kitchen, so should be more than used to working in a stressful environment.

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Boglarka and Krisztian

Best friends Emanuele and Mariola work at the exclusive Eight Club in London, where Emanuele is the pastry chef.

When not at the club, Mariola works as a tattoo artist and Emauele divides his time between Rome and London.

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Emanuele and Mariola

Jeffrey and his sister-in-law Venus work in their shop, A Little Sweet, in Cheshire.

Jeffrey previously worked as a pastry chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong and has previously won the World Chocolate Masters.

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Jeffery and Venus

This pair of pastry chefs have decades of experience – Kevin has worked at Harrods, The Dorchester and Shangri-La.

Meanwhile, Nathan started his career in Paris before moving to London to work at high-end venues like Rothschild and The Sanderson.

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Nathan and Kevin

Rob and Mireia have been working together at Cumbria’s historic Levens Hall for 18 months.

Rob started his career on the low end working for Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and Mireia has won international awards working as a pastry chef in Barcelona.

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Rob and Miria

The couple have been friends for 35 years, met in cooking school and have been working together in French Michelin-star restaurants ever since.

They now work at the Maison Mayci cake shop and cafe in Birmingham, owned by David and his brother Remi.

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David and Cydrik

Italian chef Enrico works at SushiSamba in London and Antoine moved here from France four years ago and is a chef at Claridge’s.

Enrico has a lot of experience as a pastry chef, having worked as a pastry chef all over Europe.

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Antoine and Enrico

This couple works at Puddles Bespoke Patisserie in London, which Jemima loved, where they serve luxurious cakes, afternoon tea and sweet treats.

Jemima, who is from Devon, previously worked at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck where she met Zack, who is from Trinidad.

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Jemima and Jack

When is Bake Off: The Pros on TV airing?

Season 5 of Bake Off: The Professionals airs May 24 at 8pm on Channel 4, with later episodes airing weekly at the same time.

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Episodes can be viewed on All 4 shortly after they first air.

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