With the sixth series of Bake Off coming to an end we wondered just what past winners of TV's nicest (and tastiest) competition are up to now...
Series One (2010)
Edd, 30, was the first ever champion of TV’s nicest competition, which brought in just three million viewers in comparison to the whopping 10 million it reached last series! Since winning, Edd’s released three recipe books. He also writes for magazines and shows his skills at baking demonstrations around the world. Not too shabby for someone once rejected by their local catering college!
Series Two (2011)
She was the ‘cute as a button’ mum of three we wanted to come round and bake us cupcakes. Jo, 46, caused tabloid headlines when it emerged her husband was in prison for fraud, but that did little to dampen her spirits. She’s written two books and runs a cookery school in Essex, specialising in luxury cakes and cupcake making. We’d be happy to taste-test those classes…
Series Three (2012)
While studying a law degree – of which he says: ‘My God, it was boring’ – John, 26, ditched his plans to become a lawyer and followed his dreams of baking. Turns out he made the right move as he now has two cookery books (including recipes for when you’re heartbroken) and a regular spot as a TV chef on ITV’s Lorraine. He’s also set up a chocolate shop and is opening a cookery school later this year. No time to be bored!
Series Four (2013)
Contestant Ruby Tandoh may have grabbed the headlines for series four but Frances, 33, quietly pipped her to the post to win the Bake Off crown. Th show-stopping cakes that gained Frances the title led to her baking for stars such as illustrator Quentin Blake and presenter Clare Balding – and even getting an exhibition at the Tate! We’re sure her many well-known fans have her forthcoming book, out of 27 August, on pre-order.
Series Five (2014)
Groovy grandma Nancy, 60, was last year’s winner. Since her victory, she’s been appearing at a food show here and blogging a new recipe there. But there are big things to come and Nancy’s got a book in the works, focusing on easy-to-follow recipes. Sounds right up our street!