Budding bakers have pulled out their aprons once again as viewers prepare for the 12th series on the Great British Bake Off which is set to return to our screens this Tuesday.
Peter Sawkins, a Scottish student, was crowned the winner of Bake Off last year. At just twenty-years old, he established a new record for the youngest winner.
Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, and Noel Fielding are back at the famous white tent to offer their pearls of wisdom. The legendary judges Prue L. Hollwood and Prue Leith also returned.
Daily Star looks back at the past winners of the Great Britain Bake Off, as fans familiarize themselves with the 12 contestants for the title.
2010 winner – Edd Kimber
Way back when the show first aired in 2010, Edd Kimber stole the hearts of the nation as he dubbed himself ‘The Boy Who Bakes’ on the cookery show.
After being turned down by a school for culinary arts, Edd began the show as a 24-year old bank debt collector.
After his successful time on the show, Edd has now gone on to publish three cookery books and started his new career as a food photographer aside from his many TV appearances,
But it’s not just Edd who has blossomed since the series first aired, as the show has come a long way from the original format which saw the budding bakers visit various locations across the UK to put their skills to the test.
2011 winner – Jo Wheatley
After watching Edd’s impressive series, Jo had quite the shoes to fill as she took on the second series of the baking competition.
Since she won the show in 2011, the mum-of-three has published two baking books in addition to hosting cookery classes including cupcake making and is now a frequent writer for Sainsbury’s monthly magazine.
But it wasn’t all good news for the Bake Off winner after her husband Richard Wheatley, nicknamed “The Bear”, was sentenced to seven years for £60 million in money-laundering.
2012 winner – John Whaite
After his incredible win in the third series of GBBO, John Whaite’s cooking career has blossomed on screen as he became a regular TV chef on the Channel 4 daytime show Steph’s Packed Lunch.
The blonde hunk will soon make Strictly Come Dancing’s history by being one half of the first ever all-male pair to compete in the BBC dance competition. Viewers are eagerly waiting to find out which professional dancer she will be paired up with.
2013 winner – Frances Quinn
Frances Quinn was something of a low-key winner during the fourth series of Great British Bake Off when she battled it out against her close rival Ruby Tandoh.
The brunette beauty, who is also a celebrity chef and illustrator Quentin Blake has a successful baking business.
2014 winner – Nancy Birtwhistle
Nancy proved to be quite the fan favourite on the fifth series of the show as the grandmother-of-nine stole the crown in 2014.
The blonde beauty, Nadiya Hussain Nadiya, was able to continue her career after she had retired from the show. She also performed cooking demonstrations and submitted regular baking articles to various newspapers and magazines.
2015 winner – Nadiya Hussain
Arguably the biggest star to come out of Bake Off is the winner of series six, Nadiya Hussain who won the hearts of the nation throughout the show as she grew in confidence.
Since she stole the all-important Bake Off cake stand, Nadia has gone on to star in her own TV shows including The Chronicles of Nadia, Nadia’s British Food Adventure and The Big Family Cooking Showdown.
The mum-of-three has also produced a slew of cooking and children’s books and was even commissioned by Buckingham Palace to make the Queen’s 90th birthday cake in 2016.
But it’s not just cooking the baker has focused on since she won, after the loving mother released her personal documentary called Nadiya: Anxiety And Me which shared her experience with the mental health disorder.
2016 winner – Candice Brown
Nadiya’s successor Candice Brown brought a hint of glamour to the Bake Off tent when she won the nation’s favourite cooking competition in 2016.
Former P.E teacher turned her passion for baking into a full-time job after the show.
The star, who is now the owner of a pub and a makeup artist, has found a love for makeup. Rumours have it that she wanted to start her own lipstick line.
She was a star for many years, appearing in the 2018 Dancing on Ice celebrity lineup despite being kicked off the show the first week.
2017 winner – Sophie Faldo
Sophie was easily the most controversial winner on the famed baking show after Prue Leith, who had recently joined the judging panel, accidentally leaked her show-stopping win hours before the final episode aired.
The online blunder occurred because of the time difference between the US and the UK as Prue commented on Sophie’s success while abroad.
The Channel 4 judge was unaware of the time difference and apologised on Twitter incessantly.
Sophie has been able to start her own cake business since then. This is in addition to the bronze medal she won at the British Rowing Championships. Sophie is now training to be a stunt artist.
2018 winner – Rahul Mandal
Another fan-favourite from the Great British Bake Off was the shy engineering researcher who flourished under pressure on the show.
Rahul, who won the show’s most prestigious prize, has remained a passionate fan, even though he rarely appears on TV.
Rahul, unlike many other Bake Off winners has continued his research career at the University of Sheffield while baking in his spare time.
Most recently, Rahul has published the world’s first 100-ingredient cake recipe which he launched with Love Home Swap earlier this week.
2019 winner – David Atherton
David Atherton was the winner of the tenth series who almost didn’t make the cut on the show altogether, as David was called in for the competition at the last minute as a reserve.
David Atherton has been a regular writer for The Guardian about food and fitness, as well as his first cookbook on cookery.
He also helped to vaccinate the UK in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 winner – Peter Sawkins
Pete Sawkins was the most recent winner of the Great British Bake Off who made history as the youngest winner to take the top spot on the show, who was 20 years old at the time.
Pete saw his success and has since produced his first recipe book, which will be released in October 2021. He is still pinching himself for his achievements.
Speaking at the time, Pete said: “I can’t quite believe that I am here, I can’t quite believe that I made it on to the show, and I can’t quite believe that the show happened.
“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.”
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