This Tuesday, we’ll see which of our remaining three bakers will be crowned the winner of this year’s series of The Great British Bake Off – but next year, you could be the one holding the winner’s bouquet!

Applications are open to find the next star baker, and the team behind the series are keen to represent the diversity of the British public. If you know your genoise from your jaconde, your biscotti from your bourbons, and your macaroons from your macarons, you could be exactly who the team are looking for!

For anyone who isn’t up to speed, the show is inspired by the great British tradition of the village fête, of which competitive baking is a huge part. You’ll often see prizes awarded to the best Victoria sponge, one of the most classic and quintessential of all British bakes. That’s even where the concept of the Bake Off tent came from – it’s inspired by the kind of tents that village fêtes are held in!

Over the years, we’ve seen a number of disabled bakers rising to the top in the hallowed Bake Off tent, including the lovely Briony May Williams, and the creative Marc Elliot. This year, we saw Liverpudlian Lizzie Acker make her fantastic SEN celebration cake (which looked like the most delicious shag pile rug we’ve ever seen) representing her neurodiversity: Lizzie is dyslexic, dyspraxic, and lives with ADHD and concentration disorder.

If you think you could be the next big thing in baking, this is your time to shine! The Great British Bake Off tent can be adapted to meet any accessibility requirements, so make sure your application to join the cast of the Great British Bake Off is in by 19:59 on 5 December 2021 to be considered!

To submit your application, visit For more information on applying, tweet @BritishBakeOff or check out @GreatBritishBakeOff on Facebook.

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