Saltford contestant in Great British Bake Off

October 01 2021
Saltford contestant in Great British Bake Off

A SALTFORD engineer is set to become a household name as one of the contestants on The Great British Bake Off.

Giuseppe Dell’Anno’s cakes, dough and pastry will be scrutinised by the judges and millions of fans of the Channel 4 show, which screened the first episode of its 12th series on September 21.

Channel 4 unveiled Giuseppe as one of the 12 contestants before the show started.

Originally from Italy, he now lives locally with his wife and their three young sons.

A spokesperson said: “His love for baking comes from his father, a professional chef who did all the cooking at home as Giuseppe was growing up, including making a cake every Sunday.

“Inspired by this Italian heritage, Giuseppe loves using Italian flavours in his bakes, while he also brings his engineer’s precision to the results.

“A self-confessed food snob, he is determined to feed his children home-made confectionery, rather than anything that’s been mass-produced.

“When he’s not baking, Giuseppe loves indulging his passion for design and architecture, and with his wife has renovated their family home. He also loves gardening.”

Giuseppe said he was “ecstatic to be part of the Bake Off family”, adding: “This year’s gang is truly magnificent!”

Among his supporters is Saltford Parish Council, which has wished him well via Twitter.

The council tweeted: “Good luck and best wishes to Saltford’s @BritishBakeOff contestant!”

It added: “Hoping to see some Saltford scenes in future episodes!”

Giuseppe has spent eight years working at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. He rose to the role of chief engineer at the National Composites Centre in Emersons Green after joining in 2013.

His workplace has hailed his appearance on the show, which attracted up to 11.5 million viewers during its 2020 series.

A message on the National Composites Centre’s social media channels said: “So excited to be able to announce that our very own Giuseppe Dell’Anno is a contestant on this year’s Great British Bake Off. Ready. Steady, bake!”

The centre tagged its announcement #teamGiuseppe.

Giuseppe’s LinkedIn profile revealed that he joined the National Composites Centre as a research engineer and took on a management role before becoming chief engineer in 2017. He was an industrial fellow at Bristol University between 2019 and July this year.

All episodes of The Great British Bake Off, which is showing on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4, have been pre-filmed – but the final result is a closely-guarded secret, which will be revealed in the final show in November.