The Truth About Sandro From Great British Bake Off Season 13

"The Great British Bake Off" Season 13 has been postponed on account of Queen Elizabeth II's death. But as the country and its overseas onlookers wait for "Operation London Bridge" to unfold in her wake, learning about the candidates of the beloved baking competition's upcoming season could be a nice distraction. If you want to take cues from The Guardian, you might even place bets with your friends over who you think is going to hold their ground to the end, and who might fail to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. 

To help you gather enough information for that bet, Mashed is spotlighting the new season's amateur bakers. You've already ready about Dawn, the IT manager who prides herself on her "steady hand" and attention to detail, and Will, who's been baking since childhood and counts yeast, salted caramel, and paprika as his favorite baking ingredients. Another Season 13 hopeful is Sandro, who moved to London as a child.

Sandro's dishes are inspired by his background

According to Digital Spy, Sandro came to London as a child with his mother after fleeing the Angolan Civil War, which began after the Southern African country declared independence from Portugal in November 1975 (per Britannica). When Sandro was 21, he took up baking to cope with the death of his father, using the art form "as a form of therapy." These days, when he's not boxing or dropping into a ballet or breakdancing class, he's either baking for fun at home or running virtual baking classes for kids with autism. 

As for his baking style, "Great British Bake Off" viewers can expect Sandro's bakes to include spins on traditional Angolan flavors — such as paprika with sharp cheese, or sticky-sweet desserts draped in dulce de leche

Based on the Instagram comments, lots of fans are already taken with Sandro simply because he's easy on the eyes. "The nation and world will fall in love with [him] soon, probably the most handsome 'Bake Off' contestant ever," wrote Season 9 winner Rahul Mandal. Good looks alone won't be enough to win Paul Hollywood's approval, but Sandro may have a leg up in the competition based on his many years of baking experience.