Season three of The Great SA Bake Off
South Africa's much loved baking competition, The Great South African Bake Off will be airing on BBC Lifestyle, DStv channel 174 from Tuesday, October 17 at  8pm. 

Meet the amateur bakers, who all have their rolling pins ready to see if they have what it takes to be the ultimate Star Baker.

Hometown: Cape Town
Occupation: Studying Bachelor of Education
Ameer’s love of baking came from the sheer enjoyment of experimenting in the kitchen and finding out what works and what doesn’t.

Hometown: Pretoria
Occupation: Senior Lecturer and researcher at University of Pretoria
Alice found her passion for baking when she moved to South Africa over 25 years ago. Whilst learning English, her teacher would bring in cakes and share recipes, which opened up a whole new world and passion.

Hometown: Cape Town
Occupation: Social Worker
Three years ago, Bianca offered to make a cake for her friend’s child’s first birthday and ever since has been baking non-stop and loves it.

Hometown: Cape Town
Occupation: Human Anatomy lecturer at Stellenbosch University
Thanks to his mother forever being in the kitchen and rustling up sweet delights, Bryan has loved baking from a young age with his twin brother.

Hometown: Durban
Occupation: Self Employed
Family is what first got Cameron into baking and ever since primary school it has been a passion.

Hometown: Johannesburg
Occupation: Labour and HR Consultant
Desmond’s inspiration for baking comes from his Lebanese ancestry and family parties at his granny’s, where his whole family enjoyed their traditional home baked cakes.

Hometown: Pietermaritzburg
Occupation: Home Executive
Since becoming a mum over five years ago, the challenge of making perfect birthday cakes is what first got Kirshni into the kitchen and baking.

Hometown: Bredasdorp
Occupation: Grade 12 Learner
From growing up on a farm and helping her mother in the kitchen, Madeline discovered that she has a knack for baking and has really got into experimenting in the kitchen – but in her eyes, nothing beats a classic chocolate cake.

Hometown: Ladysmith
Occupation: Community Development Officer
Originally inspired to bake by her grandmother as a child, it was just under a year ago that Khanya got seriously into baking. Thanks to learning from her grandmother, Khanya doesn’t even own a pair of kitchen measuring scales.

Hometown: Johannesburg
Occupation: Medical laboratory professional
Gerrard was first inspired to get into the kitchen and bake thanks to his mum and her delicious cakes. It was only six years ago, however, that he started to properly get into baking and put his skills to the test.

Hometown: Durban
Occupation: sales / reception
Simmi has been baking for over 30 years and it has always been a pastime that has given her a lot of enjoyment. Her main pleasure in baking is making biscuits.

Hometown: Johannesburg
Occupation: Freelance interior designer / psychology student
Since watching how to make a Baked Alaska on TV and then recreating it that very night with her own twist, Sibongile has always had a passion for cooking and is motivated to make good food and cakes for those she cares for.