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GBBO Winners: Where are they now?

What happens to the winners of The Great British Bake Off once the season finishes? Read on to find out!


The Great British Bake Off Winners: Where are they now?

With the seventh series of The Great British Bake Off about to start, we did a little detective work to see what the past winners have been up to since they lifted the prestigious baking trophy!

Edd Kimber

Series One (2010)

Edd Kimber

Back in 2010, Edd Kimber, a former debt collector, was the very first person to be crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off. Since then, Edd has been very busy and has released three cookbooks: The Boy Who Bakes (2011); Say It with Cake (2012); Patisserie Made Simple (Oct 2014). He also runs a successful blog called 'The Boy Who Bakes'.

Jo Wheatley

Series Two (2011)

Jo Wheatley

Jo Wheatley was a busy mum of three when she won the show in 2011. Completely self-taught, Jo now runs a home cooking school (which The Guardian voted as one its top 5 baking schools in the UK) and has released two best-selling cookery books. If you would like to attend one of Jo’s masterclasses, where you can see her create afternoon tea recipes, basic bread or seasonal treats, you can find more information here.

John Whaite

Series Three (2012)

John Whaite

After winning The Great British Bake Off, John Whaite has gone on to become a household name. He earned a patisserie diploma from Le Cordon Bleu in London and is now the resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine, as well as regularly appearing on ITV’s This Morning and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. He has also released two cookery books and set up a cookery school in his home town in Lancashire.

Frances Quinn

Series Four (2013)

Frances Quinn

Not only famous for her baking skills, Frances also delighted us all with her creativity and building skills, which she used to create beautiful sculptures made of cake. Remember the breathtaking three-tier Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding cake? Since winning the show, Frances has worked with illustrator Quentin Blake, creating a Giant Chocolate Fudge Fancy for his latest exhibition, and is also working on her first cookery book, Quinntessential Baking.

Nancy Birthwhistle

Series Five (2014)

Nancy Birthwhistle

Known as Nana Cake by her eight grandchildren, Nancy Birthwhistle pipped builder Richard (the bookies' favourite) to win the fifth series of the hit show. Since winning, Nancy has given baking demonstrations at the famous cookery school Bettys in Harrogate and has continued to hone her skills in her kitchen in Hull.

Nadiya Hussain

Series Six (2015)

Nadiya Hussain

Before rising to fame on GBBO, Nadiya lived in Leeds with her husband (who happens to be particularly easy on the eye) and was a full-time mum to their three children. It’s amazing to think that she almost turned down her place on the show, due to self-doubt. Luckily she went for it, and after introducing us to the most mouth-watering lemon drizzle wedding cake imaginable, went on to be crowned the winner. Since her victory, Nadiya has appeared as a guest panellist on Loose Women, written for The Times Magazine and baked the Queen’s 90th birthday cake. On top of all this, she’s now gone and secured her own TV show on BBC One where she will travel to Bangladesh to explore her culinary roots. We’ll be series linking that!


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Nancy was my favourite - hope she brings out a book this year!
Jessie McDonald
1 years ago

I bought one of Edd's cookbooks and it was great. Some lovely recipes to try at home for the family.
David Jones
1 years ago