For Season 5 of The Great Canadian Baking Show, 10 fresh bakers will grace the tent with their presence! Among this season’s bakers are a ballet dancer, a former child chess champion, an avid motorcyclist and some Baking Show superfans who have dreamed of baking in the tent for years.
Meet the Bakers of The Great Canadian Baking Show, Season 5
|Aimee DeCruyenaere||23||Industrial design student||Ottawa, ON|
|Alina Fintineanu||30||Orthodontic dental hygienist||Toronto, ON|
|Amanda Muirhead||45||Paralegal||Westmoreland, PE|
|Caron Lau||26||Occupational therapist||Richmond, BC|
|Dougal Nolan||31||Mental health researcher||Dartmouth, NS|
|Kunal Ranchod||30||Choreographer||Montreal, QC|
|Marian Castelino||41||Designer||Ottawa, ON|
|Stephen Nhan||30||Health administrator||Regina, SK|
|Steve Levitt||54||Small business owner||Aurora, ON|
|Vincent Chan||55||Graphic designer||Mississauga, ON|
Aimee DeCruyenaere, Ottawa, Ont.
Aimee DeCruyenaere, 23
Hometown: Ottawa, Ont.
Occupation: Industrial design student
Aimee comes from a large family with a mix of Chinese and French-Canadian heritage. Growing up, she was introduced to bold Chinese flavours at the restaurant her grandparents owned, while her dad taught her French cooking techniques. Currently pursuing a university degree in industrial design, Aimee brings whimsy and precision to her bakes. Outside of school, Aimee fills her time with creative projects like jewelry-making and painting, and enjoys staying active as an avid runner and weightlifter.
Alina Fintineanu, Toronto, Ont.
Alina Fintineanu, 30
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Occupation: Orthodontic dental hygienist
Growing up in Romania, Alina was a chess champion, playing competitively from age four. Alina’s passion for baking also goes back to her childhood, sparked by watching her mother and grandmother in the kitchen. She now applies that knowledge and skill to her own baking, as she strives to make delicious desserts with maximum dramatic impact. Now settled in Toronto with her fiancé, Michal, Alina thinks of herself as a “rogue Tooth Fairy” who pairs her love of baking with an equal passion for dentistry and orthodontics.
Amanda Muirhead, Westmoreland, P.E.I.
Amanda Muirhead, 45
Hometown: Westmoreland, P.E.I.
A lifelong Maritimer, Amanda grew up in rural P.E.I. and began baking as a child so she and her siblings could enjoy treats that didn’t fit the family’s budget. She’s spent most of her life researching and perfecting the wide range of skills she brings to her vibrant and flavourful bakes. Aside from baking, Amanda unwinds from her busy property paralegal career by gardening, scrapbooking, and hiking the countryside with her husband, three kids and black lab.
Caron Lau, Richmond, B.C
Caron Lau, 26
Hometown: Richmond, B.C.
Occupation: Occupational therapist
Caron was born in Hong Kong and raised in Richmond, where she still lives and enjoys taking photos, playing piano and spending time with her dog. During grad school, she spent time visiting a friend in a convent where she got a crash course in baking foundations — and she’s never looked back. For Caron, baking is a mix of scientific experimentation and stress relief. Someday she hopes to combine this passion with her work as an occupational therapist to help people with disabilities learn (or relearn) to bake.
Dougal Nolan, Dartmouth, N.S.
Dougal Nolan, 31
Hometown: Dartmouth, N.S.
Occupation: Mental health researcher
A proud East Coaster who grew up in Cape Breton, baking has always been an integral part of Dougal’s life. Now working in the mental health field, he values baking as a stress reliever. Dougal is a self-professed baking nerd who goes all-in on his passions, whether it’s doing a research deep dive into new techniques or creating epic holiday cookie boxes for loved ones featuring over 20 varieties! He loves spending time out and about in Dartmouth with friends and family, especially his young nephew.
Kunal Ranchod, Montreal, Que.
Kunal Ranchod, 30
Hometown: Montreal, Que.
Kunal is a choreographer and ballet dancer, which explains his poised and graceful demeanour. Growing up as a single child in a large Indian family, his house was the hub of family gatherings and it’s there he picked up his mother’s love of food. Kunal embraced baking as it embodies his passion for balanced and technical art. In addition to baking, Kunal enjoys photography and epic game nights with friends.
Marian Castelino, Ottawa, Ont.
Marian Castelino, 41
Hometown: Ottawa, Ont.
Marian grew up in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain as part of a large, loving Sri Lankan family. Her family eventually settled in Toronto and she recently relocated to Ottawa, Ont., with her husband and seven-year-old daughter. Marian is bursting with the creative talents she honed as a clothing and product designer. Having stepped back from full-time work to be a stay-at-home mom, Marian now uses baking as a creative outlet, expressing her extraordinary artistic talent through playful and colourful bakes.
Stephen Nhan, Regina, Sask.
Stephen Nhan, 30
Hometown: Regina, Sask.
Occupation: Health administrator
Stephen’s parents immigrated to Canada from Vietnam and he grew up helping in their Chinese-Canadian restaurant. As a kid, while his friends watched cartoons, he was glued to cooking shows. Having already earned degrees in physiology and pharmacology, as well as pharmacy, Stephen is currently finishing up his third degree in health information management. He also recently completed an internship in vaccine distribution. Baking is Stephen’s creative outlet that combines his scientific brain with his passion for food.
Steve Levitt, Aurora, Ont.
Steve Levitt, 54
Hometown: Aurora, Ont.
Occupation: Small business owner
The proud owner of a promotional products company, Steve is equally passionate about his hobbies. In addition to baking, he loves taking long trips on his motorcycle and is dedicated to a daily yoga and meditation practice, which he happily shares with his wife and two daughters. Steve took to baking because he decided if he was going to indulge in treats, he wanted them to be the very best possible — so, for him, flavour always comes first. After applying for numerous seasons, Steve is beyond excited to finally be stepping into the baking tent for Season 5.
Vincent Chan, Mississauga, Ont.
Vincent Chan, 55
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
Occupation: Graphic designer
Vincent lives with his loving partner of 24 years, Phil, along with their two dogs. Growing up, he would often visit his uncle’s Chinese bakery and was mesmerized by the precision of the pastry work. Vincent is a very technical baker who appreciates fine detail and artistry, which also comes into play in his career as a graphic designer. Outside of baking, Vincent is an avid gardener, golfer, kayaker, and serves as president of Toronto’s first and only LGBTQ badminton league.
Meet The Great Canadian Baking Show Season 5 Hosts
Season five of the series will consist of eight episodes and be hosted once more by comedians, actors, writers and Second City alumni, Ann Pornel and Alan Shane Lewis.
Meet The Great Canadian Baking Show Season 5 Judges
Esteemed pastry chefs Bruno Feldeisen and Kyla Kennaley return to the judges’ table to sample the bakers’ scrumptious offerings.
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