The Great British Bake Off Winners: Where Are They Now?
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the Great British Bake Off has achieved true television glory, in that it is the only TV show to rival Game of Thrones as far as generating a cult following is concerned.
Over 15million of us tuned in to watch Nadiya Hussain win last season’s finale of the BAFTA-winning show, and you could do worse than bet that this year’s series will be even more popular. Granted, there’s still a while to go before Mary and Paul return to our screens, and the newest batch of aspiring amateur bakers pick up their whisks, but we’re pretty excited about the start of the new season.
So in the meantime, let’s twiddle our thumbs and take a quick look at what the past Great British Bake Off winners are up to these days.
Nadiya Hussain – Last year’s winner
Probably the most well-loved and popular contestant to ever set foot on a cookery show set, Nadiya Hussain has undoubtedly shown that there is life after the Great British Bake Off.
Her infectious good humour, wit and loveliness has seen Nadiya further her career as an expert baker of sweet treats, and also carve out what looks to be a promising future as a media personality. Nadiya is set to front a travel cookery show for the BBC called The Chronicles of Nadiya, as she travels across Blangladesh to trace her culinary roots. Also, Nadiya has also since become a columnist for a number of magazines and signed book deals with leading publishers like Penguin and Harlequin, among other things.
Expect to see much more of her over the coming years.
Nancy Birtwhistle – Winner of the 2014 series
Since being crowned the winner of the 2014 series, Nancy Birtwhistle’s post-Great British Bake Off life has been low-profile in comparison to that of her predecessor.
A happily retired grandmother-of-eight, Nancy has built up a strong online presence following the success her popular website. When Nancy isn’t busy blogging and sharing her culinary expertise, she is often touring food and cookery shows up and down the UK.
Frances Quinn – Winner of the 2013 series
Having been crowned the winner of the 2013 final, after beating Kimberly Wilson and Ruby Tandoh with her exquisitely presented bakes, Frances has also enjoyed blogging success since winning the show with her cookery website.
She is still the fabulously creative baker that she was three years ago, and has now taken to creating incredible edible masterpieces for events and big name brands, ranging from colossal cakes to shortbread sculptures.
John Whaite – Winner of the 2012 series
Kudos to John – having walked away with the Great British Bake Off trophy in 2012, he gave up what looked to be a budding career in law to dedicate his life to baking. A move which was no doubt better for his mind, body and soul, if not his bank balance.
Since winning the show, John Whaite has published two cookery books and holds regular cookery classes from his Greenwich home – a line of work he is looking to expand upon by opening a cookery school this year. Like his fellow Great British Bake Off winners, he also has a popular website for aspiring bakers.
Jo Wheatley – Winner of the 2011 series
Much like her successor, Jo Wheatley revealed her entrepreneurial spirit by launching a home cooking school from the comfort of her Essex-based – if you’re looking to become a dab hand at decorating cupcakes, breadmaking or cooking up fabulous cakes, you could do worse than book yourself into a class.
In addition to this Jo has published two cookery books, appeared on the BBC Good Food Show, and regularly writes for The Sun and the Mirror.
Edd Kimber – Winner of the 2010 series
Kimber, otherwise known as the Boy Who Bakes, was the winner of the maiden series of the Great British Bake Off. His journey from being a debt collector for Yorkshire Bank to winner of Britain’s most popular cookery show has an air of fairy tale about it.
His career has truly taken off since lifting the Bake Off trophy. Aside from working in the pastry kitchen at Raymond Blanc’s restaurant Le Manoir, Edd Kimber has published three cookbooks, and regularly appears on cookery TV shows, such as the Alan Titchmarsh Show and Market Kitchen Big Adventure. Oh, and he has a blog too called theboywhobakes.co.uk
Honourable mention: Johnny Shephard
OK, admittedly Johnny Shephard didn’t quite win the first episode of the Great British Bake Off. In fact he didn’t even make the final round, but don’t let this make you think less of the man – Johnny deserves an honourable mention because of what he has achieved since he left the show.
Whereas the winning contestants have quite predictably released books, created websites and set-up blogs, Johnny has taken an entirely different and arguably more interesting route to glory by opening The Pudding Stop, a mobile eatery dedicated to selling scrumptious pies from his Pudmobile to hungry punters. If you want to know just how good it is, the Pudmobile has been listed on the British Street Food App of top-100 traders from the whole country.
We salute you, Mr. Shephard.
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