A MUSIC teacher from Worcester is set to take part in this year’s The Great British Bake Off.

Worcester Sixth Form College music teacher Rowan Williams, who describes his baking style as “ostentatious” but tasteful hopes to rise to the occasion and compete in the baking competition.

Rowan, aged 55, is entirely self-taught and will appear on the popular baking competition when its due to hit screens on Tuesday, September 22.

According to Channel 4’s website, it says: “Entirely self-taught, Rowan calls his baking style ostentatious – but, he hopes, tasteful.

“French pâtissérie is his absolute passion – he loves the subtlety of flavour, and the style and sophistication of French baking, and he is drawn to fine, complex, layered cakes.

“His love of the Georgian era encourages him to reinvent 18th-century recipes whenever he can.

“He enjoys decorating his bakes with flowers, preferably edible ones, using what is in bloom in his garden.

“A fitness enthusiast, Rowan swims a mile most mornings and is a keen cyclist and occasional horse-rider.

“He lives in Worcestershire with his partner, who shares his passion for music, the arts and theatre, and he can often be found in the British Library researching all things 1700s.”


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The popular show had been scheduled to go into production back in April, but kicked off in July once lockdown restrictions eased.

While it’s the show’s 11th season, the upcoming series took place at a private location in Essex after five years of filming at Welford Park in Berkshire, with all cast and crew undergoing regular Covid-19 testing in an isolation bubble.

This year, under exceptional circumstances, the 12 new bakers entered a bubble for seven weeks in order to make the competition happen.

The iconic tent remains the same, but there are 30 brand new challenges set by Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas kick off the series with Cake Week.

First, in the signature, the bakers get the opportunity to put their twist on the classic Battenberg.

As long as Rowan remains in the baking competition, the Worcester News will be following his journey weekly.

Will you be watching this year’s The Great British Bake Off and support our local teacher?