Baking as therapy explains new Great British Bake Off Contestant as 2020 contestants revealed

It’s been a miserable old year, but Great British Bake Off (GBBO) is back and the 2020 contestants have been revealed, with one budding baker joining the tent with a disability.

Bronze resin sculpture, Marc, 51 turned to baking as a form of therapy after his leg was amputated as result of a motorbike accident in 2016.


Joining the show to his daughters that even when life throws obstacles at you, you can rise to new challenges and develop new passions, Marc is rising to his next challenge.

After losing his leg, Marc started baking bread as a form of therapy, and from there he came to baking cakes and pastries.

From palmiers and chausson aux pommes to opera cakes and millefeuille, his bakes now show true finesse.

Marc, a support worker, has commented: “Being surrounded by 11 other great people, all in the competition with me, and I just remember feeling the very positive and exciting energy in the tent.

“My strengths are definitely bread and any dough-based recipes – my weakness is cakes.”

Prior to Marc’s accident he was an avid fan of travelling the world and conquering mountains, during rehabilitation it was mastering bakes that helped as a form of therapy.

Now joining the tent, Marc has also returned to his passion for climbing. 


Joining Marc will be joined by 11 other amateur baking hopefuls, alongside hosts Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas – taking over from Sandi Toksvig – and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Fighting it out over glazed buns, cherry toppings, and attempting to avoid the dreaded soggy bottoms, Marc and his fellow contestants are here to bring some joy, tasty treats and fluffy fancies into our hearts and homes. 

The latest issue of Great British Bake Off will return to Channel 4 from Tuesday 22 September at 8pm, weekly.  

All images credited to Channel 4.

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