GBBO contestants given expenses – but arent paid to take part

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It's finally time to head back into the famous white tent as The Great British Bake Off 2021 kicks off tonight.

The show, hosted by Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas, with judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, will air on Channel 4 on September 21 2021.

In the first episode we will meet 12 hopeful contestants who will whip up their best bakes in a bid to impress the judges.

Viewers will watch as the contestants try out various themed bakes, including one technical challenge that they are unprepared for.

Each week one contestant will leave the competition – and one is crowned Star Baker. This continues until the final when we are left with three contestants.

But what prize does the winner of Bake Off actually get? Here we explain.

Are Bake Off contestants paid to take part?

Bake Off contestants have to invest a lot of personal time to be on the show, so you may be wondering if they get compensated.

But the truth is, they aren't financially compensated for their time, and aren't paid to take part.

Sophie Faldo, who won the competition in 2017, explained that the contestants even have to pay for ingredients during the audition process – but are given an "allowance" if they make it through.

She said: "You’re essentially given expenses. You’re given an allowance for however many shows you do to source the ingredients."

What prize does the winner of the Great British Bake Off get?

With all the commitment, time and skill that goes into each bake, you might expect there to be a grand cash prize at the end of Bake Off.

But surprisingly, the answer is no, there is not. The winning prize is just flowers and a cake stand.

Previous Bake Off contestant Martha Collison, who reached the quarter final in 2014, told Barrelhouse: “Everyone is so surprised and thinks there must be some secret cash, but all we really get is a bunch of flowers and a cake stand.

“But then, you also kind of become a national treasure just by doing it because everyone in Britain loves the Bake Off so much.”

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The real prize is what comes afterwards for the lucky winner. The status of winning Bake Off can provide them with massive opportunities – including a whole new career.

Previous winners have gone on to become internet sensations and brought out their own cookbooks.

Add Kimber, who won the first season of GBBO, went on to work at Raymond Blanc's famous pastry kitchen, and his debut book reportedly made him £150,000.

Previous winner Nadiya Hussein has gone on to have an incredibly successful career. She won the series in 2015, and went on to write a bestselling cookery book, and is a regular on Loose Women.

She was even selected to bake the Queen's birthday cake when she turned 90.

In addition, John Whaite is currently taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.

The Great British Bake Off will air on Channel 4 at 8pm on September 21

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