The Great British Bake Off Winners: Where Are They Now?

Spoiler alert: they’ve released a LOT of cookbooks.

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by Nathan Katnoria |
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It's been a pretty bleak few months for news, but thank goodness we've had some bloody good TV to get us through - and as is traditional for autumn, it's only set to get better With the 2022 series of The Great British Bake Off kicking off tonight, it's got us feeling all nostalgic about Bake Off champions of yesteryear. Just where are the likes of Edd Kimber, Frances Quinn, John Whaite and Nadiya Hussain now? Well, we’ve done the digging so you don’t have to, so let’s find out, shall we?


The Great British Bake Off winners: where are they now?

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Edd Kimber then

The first ever GBBO was a far cry from the show of today, with only ten contestants competing across just six weeks. There wasn't even a weekly Star Baker. In the end, former debt collector Edd Kimber (far left) was crowned the winner.

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Edd Kimber now

Following his big win, Edd has released three cookbooks and also runs food blog The Boy Who Bakes. He's even worked at world-renowned restaurant Le Manoir and regularly contributes to food magazines including BBC Good Food, Delicious and Waitrose Kitchen.

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Jo Wheatley then

Mum-of-three Jo Wheatley triumphed over fellow finalists Holly Bell and Mary-Anne Boermans in 2011.

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Jo Wheatley now

Jo has released two cookbooks, A Passion For Baking and Home Baking, written a column for Sainsburys magazine and launched her own cookery school from her Essex home since winning Bake Off.

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John Whaite then

Series three winner John Whaite went into the final as an underdog but baked his way to success and took home the trophy after impressing Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

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John has been VERY busy since winning the show in 2012. Not only has he gained his patisserie diploma from Le Corden Bleu, released four cookery books and judged ITV cooking competition Chopping Block, but John also oepend his own cookery school John Whaite's Kitchen. He even returned to his pre-Bake Off career in law in 2018 when he began working as a barrister. Oh, and let's not forget the small matter of placing runner up in the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing as part of the show's first ever male couple.

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Frances Quinn then

Frances was crowned Bake Off winner in 2013 after creating a show-stopping three-tier wedding cake in the final.

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Frances Quinn now

Frances released recipe book Quintessential Baking in 2015 and has made a number of TV and radio appearances on shows like This Morning. In 2019, she hit the headlines when she was banned from her local Waitrose after allegedly being caught shoplifting.

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Nancy Birtwhistle then

Nancy beat 2014 favourite Richard Burr after creating a miniature version of Paris' Moulin Rouge.

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Nancy Birtwhistle now

Nancy runs her own baking blog where she regularly shares recipes with fans. She also travels the country for the many food demonstrations she does.

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Nadiya Hussain then

Perhaps one of the most famous Bake Off contestants of all time, Nadiya won the hearts of the British public in 2015 with her incredible bakes.

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Nadiya Hussain now

Nadiya has been very, very successful since winning GBBO - she's hosted several TV shows for the BBC, released a cook book, a children's book AND a novel and even baked a birthday cake for the Queen. In 2017, she was named by Debrett's as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK.

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Candice Brown then

Candice was known for her lipstick choices just as much as she was for her bakes during her time on the show.

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Candice Brown now

Just like many Bake Off winners before her, Candice has released her own recipe book Comfort: Delicious Bakes and Treats. As well as running her own pub in Bedfordshire, she regularly appears on shows like This Morning and Loose Women and competed in Dancing On Ice in 2018 but was eliminated first.

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Sophie Faldo then

Sophie was the first Bake Off winner to be crowned after the show's big move from the BBC to Channel 4 but her win was spoiled when new judge Prue Leith accidentally tweeted the news hours before the final aired. Oops!

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Sophie Faldo now

Sophie admitted that she struggled with life in the limelight after she won the show and mainly avoids the public eye. She does still share her passion for baking on Instagram though and is training to be a stunt woman.

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Rahul Mandal then

Rahul beat the odds (remember when the glass smashed into his mixture in the final?) to bake his way to victory and became a national treasure in the process.

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Rahul Mandal now

Rahul has returned to his job as an engineering researcher at the University of Sheffield since winning Bake Off but still shares his baking creations with fans on Instagram.

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David Atherton

David made history 2019 when he became the first Bake Off champion to have never won Star Baker. Since then, he's begun writing a weekly cookery column for The Guardian and released his first cookbook, aptly titled My First Cookbook.

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Peter Sawkins

19-year-old Peter Sawkins, a student at Edinburgh University, become the youngest ever winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2020. As a Bake Off superfan, he said, "I wanted this a lot, when I was 12 I was watching repeats of Bake Off back to back, and it got me into baking big time. I am a Bake Off nerd, and I think 12-year-old Peter would be in awe, and just the most excited giddy kid. I am that excited giddy kid right now."Since being crowned the winner, Peter has graduated with a first class degree in accounting and finance from Edinburgh university and has been baking up a storm on Instagram. He recently had a stint in the pastry kitchen at the iconic Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland learning new skills and helping out during dinner service.Oh, and he's also written a book (of course he has) titled Peter Bakes that will be out on October 7.

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Giuseppe Dell'Anno took home the trophy in 2021 after beating fellow finalists Chigs Parmar and Crystelle Pereira with his incredible Mad Hatter's Tea Party spread, featuring mango and passion fruit panna cottas, orange and fig heart-shaped muffins, and asparagus and pea-filled choux pastries shaped like a caterpillar. He said after his win, 'All I can think of is the reaction from my mum and dad," he continued.

'The fact is that everything I have done to deserve this comes from his [my dad's] heritage, it's the best thank you note I can possibly send him. He is going through a very bad time health-wise, so I think this is going to be a great boost.

'I don't say often or lightly that I am proud of what I do, but in this case I am really proud of what I have done. It's unbelievable!'

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