Meet Bake Off 2019's Helena – project manager from Leeds hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

THE Great British Bake Off 2019 continued with Bread Week for its third run of the series, with Halloween-enthusiast Helena Garcia in with a chance of potetentially winning the series.

So let's find out more about the online project manager and Bake Off 2019.

Who is The Great British Bake Off 2019 contestant Helena?

Helena, a 40-year-old online project manager, spent much of her childhood watching her Spanish grandmother cook and bake.

However, it was not until she moved to Las Vegas as part of an exchange scheme at school that she started baking.

Born in Ceuta, an independent Spanish city in north Africa, Helena was raised in Lanzarote and studied in mainland Spain.

Now, she loves in Leeds with her husband and baby daughter, after moving to the city while studying for her degree.

Helena enjoys using American flavours when baking, as well as traditional Spanish flavours.

Also, she loves to incorporate all things Halloween into her bakes.

Some of her horror themed creations can be found on her Instagram page here.

What has happened to Helena on Bake Off so far?

  • Week One, Cakes – Helena impressed in the fruity Signature with her Halloween inspired bake. She got through the Technical Challenge before getting the innuendos underway with her fairy garden Showstopper.
  • Week Two, Biscuits – She got to show off her creativity in Biscuit week after making "Wicked Witch Fingers" for her biscuit bars and a spider coming out of an egg for her sculpture.
  • Week Three, Bread – She wisely used her years in America to inspire her Frosted cinnamon and pecan tear and share and got praising for her scoring skills too!

What has Helena said about The Great British Bake Off 2019?

The mother-of-one decided to apply for The Great British Bake Off 2019 after winning a baking competition at work.

Yet when she learned she had been accepted she had a little bit of a meltdown and was not sure if she would be up to scratch.

“When I learned that I had got in I had a bit of a confidence crisis thinking, can I possibly be good enough?,” she explained.

She admires 2018 Bake Off contestant Kim-Joy because of her “particular style” and “niche look”.

When did The Great British Bake Off 2019 start?

The Great British Bake Off returned on August 27, 2019.

The new series kicked off on Channel 4 at 8pm until 9.30pm, much like the 2018 series which started on August 28.

Bake Off is expected to run for 10 consecutive weeks and the final is likely to be in November 2019.

What is the Great British Bake Off prize?

With all the drama, sweat and tears that the dedicated bakers go through, you would expect they would be aiming for some grand cash prize, but the answer is no.

The winning prize is just flowers and a cake stand, at least that's what has happened so far.

Previous Bake Off contestant Martha Collison, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2014 series, confirmed to 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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