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Great British Bake Off: where are they now?

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The best bakers: their next steps

Nerve-wracking technical challenges, show-stopping creations and the famous white tent – there’s nothing quite like The Great British Bake Off. As Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith return to our screens, joined by co-hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas, we look back at the previous contestants and winners to discover what they’re up to today. Read on to see where the Star Bakers are now.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Giuseppe Dell’Anno

The Italian-born baker impressed the judges with his intricate and flavour-packed Italian-inspired bakes from the start. Giuseppe, an engineer whose father used to be a professional chef, used his ingenuity throughout the series to create showstopping pieces like his Leaning Tower of Pisa cake. Although the competition was stiff, with the other two finalists Chigs and Crystelle delivering superb bakes, Giuseppe’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party showstopper was enough to secure him the trophy. Giuseppe’s cookbook Giuseppe’s Italian Bakes is due to be out soon.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Peter Sawkins

The first Scottish baker to take the Bake Off crown, Peter was also the youngest contestant to ever win the show. Following his victory, Peter continued to study accounting and finance at the University of Edinburgh. However, he’s still found the time to publish his debut cookbook, Peter Bakes.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

David Atherton

David Atherton won the Bake Off final in 2019 after creating an incredible chocolate cake and stilton soufflé. Since then, the bread-baking superstar has released three cookbooks: his debut cookbook for children, My First Cook Book, and two others focusing on healthy eating. Like GBBO champions before him, the former health advisor regularly writes for The Guardian too.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Rahul Mandal

The winner of Bake Off 2018, Rahul Mandal also won the nation’s hearts with his modest character and star bakes. Since taking the season nine crown, the researcher has returned to his job at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield. However, he still keeps fans updated on Instagram with his most recent culinary creations, and he also writes a baking column for The Times Magazine.

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Kim-Joy Hewlett

Series nine finalist Kim-Joy and her sparkling personality wowed viewers weekly with a string of colourful bakes. Since the show, she has released three cookbooks and written for The Guardian newspaper. The baker’s latest project, Celebrate with Kim-Joy, is a collection of showstopping centrepieces for every occasion.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Ruby Bhogal

Despite her masterpiece toppling over during one of the challenges she faced, Network Rail project manager Ruby Bhogal sailed all the way to the final in 2018 with her relaxed attitude to baking. Scooping a place as a runner-up has opened up a number of opportunities for her. She now writes for British GQ and has had the opportunity to meet boxer Anthony Joshua and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Sophie Faldo

GBBO 2017 winner Sophie Faldo surprised the judges with incredible flavour combinations and steely-eyed determination. Since winning the contest, Sophie has returned to her job as an army officer, but not before setting up her own business: Sophie Faldo Couture Cakes, which makes bespoke cakes for weddings.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Steven Carter-Bailey

One of the finalists from GBBO 2017, Steven was a strong contender, being named Star Baker three times and receiving several Hollywood Handshakes along the way. Since Bake Off, Steven has appeared on a number of TV shows including ITV News London, where he explored London’s diverse bakeries, and Great New Year Bake Off 2019, which he won.

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Liam Charles

Liam quickly became a fan favourite thanks to his witty one-liners and positive attitude. Since participating in Bake Off’s eighth series, the London-born chef has released two cookbooks, Cheeky Treats and Second Helpings. Meanwhile, his bubbly personality has landed him a number of prime-time TV presenting roles including Bake Off: The Professionals and his own Channel 4 show, Liam Bakes. He is also a judge on Junior Bake Off.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Candice Brown

Candice Brown – whose cheeky attitude and creative cakes (remember her marzipan peacock?) often left Paul Hollywood speechless – won series seven after wowing with a royal picnic dubbed a “humdinger of a showstopper”. Since that 2016 Bake Off final, the former teacher has appeared at food festivals and on TV. She’s also published two cookbooks; her latest, Happy Cooking, focuses on comfort food to soothe the soul.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Andrew Smyth

The 2016 finalist Andrew Smyth was loved for his lilting Irish accent and precise bakes. After the competition ended, the Cambridge graduate created an edible jet engine for Prince William when he visited Rolls-Royce, the GBBO star’s workplace. Andrew now splits his time between aerospace research, baking and presenting. In 2021, he was one of the executive producers of the Netflix baking competition series Baking Impossible, which is based around cakes and engineering. He was also a judge on the show.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Jane Beedle

Another 2016 finalist, garden designer Jane Beedle was regularly complimented by the judges for her technical expertise. Nowadays you’ll find her touring UK food festivals, baking delicious fruity pies and cakes (including her favourite lemon drizzle), and keeping her followers up to date on Instagram.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Val Stones

Val Stones, a contestant in 2016, was loved for her quirky techniques, like “listening” to cakes. But, unfortunately, she was eliminated in week five after a Bakewell tart disaster. Since the show, Val has published a book called The Cake Whisperer, which promises to help you listen to what your bakes are telling you. In 2022, she and Paul Hollywood were united once more as they voiced characters in the film DC League of Super-Pets.

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Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain’s career took off when she won the 2015 edition of Bake Off. She’s appeared on numerous TV shows, including a travelogue The Chronicles of Nadiya, penned seven bestselling cookbooks – her latest is called Nadiya’s Fast Flavours – and has written for The Times’ Saturday magazine supplement. She served an orange drizzle cake for the Queen’s 90th birthday and is a published novelist too.

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Tamal Ray

Tamal Ray came close to achieving the crown in series six but was pipped to the post by Nadiya Hussain. Since the show ended in 2015, Tamal has continued to work as a doctor for the NHS, presented on Channel 4’s Live Well For Longer and contributed recipes to The Guardian’s food magazine.

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Ian Cumming

Photographer and family man Ian was a runner-up in 2015. Since GBBO, he has continued to travel the world taking pictures – you can see some of his beautiful snaps on his Instagram – and written a feature about baking bread in an Icelandic volcano for The Telegraph.

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Nancy Birtwhistle

Nancy Birtwhistle is best remembered for her stunning windmill cake. Since winning series five in 2014, the Hull-born retiree has demonstrated at food festivals, taught in schools, appeared as an after-dinner speaker and acted as a cake judge. Nancy also baked a cake for EastEnders’ 30th birthday and published a cookbook, Sizzle and Drizzle. Not only does the book contain recipes, but it also includes hints and tips on cleaning and being eco-friendly.

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Luis Troyano

Luis Troyano made it to the final of the fifth series of GBBO with mouth-watering desserts like his tequila slammer cheesecake and cherry brandy gateau. In 2015, he released the cookbook Bake it Great so fans could try their hand at his creations. Sadly, Luis passed away in October 2020 following a battle with oesophageal cancer.

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Frances Quinn

In 2013, Frances Quinn beat Kimberley Wilson and Ruby Tandoh to win series four of Bake Off with edible masterpieces like Barbara Hepworth shortbread sculptures, chocolate charcoal briquettes and a world-record-breaking giant Jaffa cake. She has also published a cookbook, Quintessential Baking.

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Ruby Tandoh

Being runner-up to Frances Quinn in series four didn’t stop Ruby Tandoh from carving out one of the most successful careers of all GBBO’s contestants. As well as Crumb: The Baking Book (2014) and Flavour: Eat What You Love (2016), Ruby also writes about body image, sexuality and feminism in her book Eat Up: Appetite and Eating What You Want. Her latest cookbook, Cook As You Are, has been praised as one of the most inclusive cookbooks out there.

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John Whaite

John Whaite won the GBBO trophy in 2012 and published his first book, John Whaite Bakes: Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood, in 2013. Whaite also runs the Kitchen Cookery School in rural Lancashire and has previously been a presenter and judge on ITV’s daytime cookery competition Chopping Block. Since then he’s published four cookery books, come second on Strictly Come Dancing, and become a regular on Channel 4 daytime show Steph’s Packed Lunch.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

James Morton

Although 2012 finalist James Morton stuck to his original plans to go into medicine (he currently works as a doctor), he has also achieved fame as a baker and food writer. His books include Super Sourdough, about breadmaking, Brew, about making beer, and Shetland, which explores life on the Scottish island.

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Jo Wheatley

After winning series two in 2011, Jo Wheatley went on to pen two books: A Passion for Baking and Home Baking. She has also written for a number of magazines and appeared on TV shows like The One Show and This Morning – plus, she’s opened a cookery school, which is touted among the best baking schools in the UK. Nowadays, the busy chef likes to travel and keep her followers up to date through Instagram.

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Edd Kimber

Edd Kimber, known as “The Boy Who Bakes”, won the very first series of GBBO, which aired in 2010. He promptly ditched his job and has since gone on to forge a successful career as a food writer and TV personality, penning several cookbooks along the way. Ed’s worked at Raymond Blanc’s prestigious restaurant Le Manoir and had a stint as the resident baker on The Alan Titchmarsh Show. His latest project, a cookbook called Small Batch Bakes, was released in 2022.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Miranda Gore Browne

A runner-up in the first series, Miranda Gore Browne was named the “iced biscuit queen” by Mary Berry. Miranda went on to write two cookbooks, Biscuit and Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can. You should also check out her beautiful website where you can find recipes and classes.

food, great british bake off: where are they now?

Johnny Shepherd

Johnny Shepherd may not have reached the final in series one, but that hasn’t stopped his success. As well as penning his book Puddings, he runs The Pudding Stop, a quaint bakery in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Here you can buy a huge range of brownies, plus cronuts and custard tarts.

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