From a media release:
CBC today revealed the ten amateur bakers who will participate in the upcoming fifth season of THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW, premiering Sunday, October 17 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service. Ten Canadians from across the country will bake off in the iconic tent and put their culinary chops on display in an attempt to win The Great Canadian Baking Show title.
Season five of the series will consist of eight episodes and be hosted once more by comedians, actors, writers and Second City alumni, Ann Pornel and Alan Shane Lewis. Esteemed pastry chefs Bruno Feldeisen and Kyla Kennaley return to the judgesâ€™ table to sample the bakersâ€™ scrumptious offerings.
Based on the beloved British format, each episode will feature the bakers competing in three challenges â€“ the Signature Bake, the Technical Bake, and the Show Stopper â€“ during which they will rely on their personal interests and backgrounds to ensure that their delectable dishes stand out. Once their sweet creations have been tasted and critiqued, the judges will decide who will be the weekâ€™s Star Baker and who will be sent home. In the final episode, the remaining three bakers will face off for the title of Canadaâ€™s best amateur baker.
This season, audiences will get acquainted with the showâ€™s most innovative batch of bakers yet. Meet the ten contestants who are ready to whisk it for the biscuit:
Aimee DeCruyenaere, 23, an industrial design student from Ottawa, ON
Alina Fintineanu, 30, an orthodontic dental hygienist from Toronto, ON
Amanda Muirhead, 45, a paralegal from Westmoreland, P.E.I.
Caron Lau, 26, an occupational therapist from Richmond, B.C.
Dougal Nolan, 31, a mental health researcher from Dartmouth, N.S.
Kunal Ranchod, 30, a choreographer from Montreal, QC
Marian Castelino, 41, a designer from Ottawa, ON
Stephen Nhan, 30, a health administrator from Regina, SK
Steve Levitt, 54, a small business owner from Aurora, ON
Vincent Chan, 55, a graphic designer from Toronto, ON
Season four winner, Raufikat Oyawoye, a 35-year-old IT support engineer of Milton, ON took home the title after competing against semi-finalists Mahathi Mundluru from Markham, ON and Tanner Davies of Winnipeg, MB. Fans wanting to satisfy their sweet tooth can catch up on seasons one through four on CBC Gem leading up to the season five premiere.
THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW is produced by Boat Rockerâ€™s Proper Television in association with CBC and Love Productions. The executive producers are Cathie James and Lesia Capone, and the series producer is Mark Van de Ven.