The Great British Bake Off Season 13: Release Date Cast, And New Details

Even though Season 12 of "The Great British Bake Off" (or, "The Great British Baking Show" if you're watching in the US) just wrapped up, the 6.9 million viewers who reportedly watched the finale, per Variety, are ready for the next season. 

If you're unfamiliar with "GBBO," get ready to meet your new guilty pleasure. With 12 bakers competing over the course of 10 episodes, "Bake Off" is one part talent showcase that leaves us in awe and one part wholesome competition. Each episode shows the contestants competing in three different challenges set around a specific theme — the signature, technical, and a showstopper.

According to "The Great British Bake Off," the "signature" is meant to be something that has a homemade quality to it, while the showstopper is meant for the bakers to show off their decorative and baking skills. The technical challenge is the middle and hardest challenge of the episodes, with bakers going in blind to what they'll be expected to make.

Like with the Season 12 finale episode, each episode has a theme that the recipes revolve around. As you watch the bakers work their magic, hosts try to provide comedic relief in the high-stress situations. This year, we watched Giuseppe Dell'Anno take home the grand prize. The son of a baker, Dell'Anno dazzled judges and viewers with his incredible skill, but just thinking about the last season has us craving the next (via Vulture).

Luckily, details are starting to come together for Season 13 of "The Great British Bake Off" and here's what we know so far.

This is when you can expect The Great British Bake Off to come back

As of the writing of this article, we don't have a release date for "The Great British Bake Off" Season 13. The Cinemaholic reported that sources have said there will be 12 episodes filmed between April and August 2022. From that, we'd say it's safe to assume you'll have your fresh batch of "GBBO" episodes by September 2022.

However, there may be a delay between when the show films to when it airs. For Season 12, the episodes aired in the UK four days before you could watch it on Netflix. That's right, if you're watching in the U.S. on Netflix, new episodes drop weekly instead of one full season. Having old seasons of "The Great British Baking Show" to go back to and re-watch is how we'll make it through to when Season 13 finally airs. However, the original season of "GBBO" was pulled from the streaming platform as of January 1, 2022 (via Decider). But don't worry, you still have nine other full seasons available to watch, plus holiday specials, including the one that just dropped in December.

Here's who will be judging Season 13 of The Great British Bake Off

At this point, it's safe to assume Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be back to judge the next batch of bakers coming to "The Great British Bake Off." 

Hollywood has been with the show since the beginning. He's seen as one of the UK's "leading artisan bakers," according to "The Great British Bake Off" and even has a best-selling book on baking bread. Hollywood has been a host of "The Great British Bake Off" since Season 1. Outside of "GBBO," he has hosted other shows like "Bread" and "Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds," both for BBC1 (via IMDb). A handshake from Hollywood is more coveted than winning "The Great British Bake Off," and Hollywood gave a few out in Season 12. We can't wait to see if anyone impresses him this much in the next season.

Leith, on the other hand, is one of the UK's "foremost culinary experts" and joined the show in 2017 (via The Sun). Before "GBBO," she was a restauranteur, caterer, food teacher, food writer, novelist, radio cook, and television cook. In June 2021, as part of the Queen's birthday celebration, Leith was made a dame for her "services to food, broadcasting, and charity," according to BBC America

This is who the next season of The Great British Bake Off will be hosted by

Just like their judge counterparts, Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas are expected to return as the hosts of "The Great British Bake Off" for Season 13. The pair have been hosting together since 2020 to some mixed fan reactions. On a Instagram post showcasing the team's dry humor, one fan commented, "I miss Sand and Sue and Mel. These two are styled and too inappropriate. Wish they would be replaced." 

The duo is more than qualified to host "The Great British Baking Show," however. According to "The Great British Bake Off," Fielding is an award-winning comedian who, over the past two decades, you might've seen performing stand-up or guest-starring on "The IT Crowd." Meanwhile, Lucas has some serious acting chops. He reprised the role of Thénardier in the concert version of "Les Misérables" at The Sondheim Theater in 2019, according to WhatsOnStage, and you may have also seen him in Tim Burton's adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland."

This is what we know about who is competing in Season 13 of The Great British Bake Off

"The Great British Bake Off" is currently in the process of picking its Season 13 competitors. Applying online is just the first step of many to try to get on the popular baking competition. Staff on the show take months to go through applications, sending out acceptances to bakers who made it to the next round on March 4, 2022, according to the casting website.

Based on last year's application process, we can expect there to be a round of phone interviews as the next step. From there, contestants enter the "Bake Off Bubble" to begin baking off-camera (per Delish). Last year, COVID-19 protocols were put in place to protect contestants and judges, but an insider told Metro Entertainment that there will be no bubble this year. According to the source, being quarantined away from families was extremely difficult on everyone, judges included. This year, filming has returned to only taking place on weekends.

For Season 12, applicants had to quarantine for a few weeks before auditions started (per The Cinemaholic). Once the number is dwindled down to about 30, Delish reports, contestants meet with psychologists to make sure they're fit to compete. Fans will just have to wait and see who those right contestants will be.