Inside GBBO winners’ lives since BBC show from £60m money scam to Queen’s baker

Inside GBBO winners’ lives since BBC show from £60m money scam to Queen’s baker

November 23, 2021

Great British Bake Off fans are set to find out the identity of the winner of series 12.

Scottish student Peter Sawkins was crowned the champion in 2020 as he set a new record for the youngest person to win Bake Off at just 20 years old.

Comedians Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding have returned to the infamous white tent this year to help give their pearls of wisdom to this year's contestants, followed by legendary judges Prue Leith and Paul Holylwood.

As fans prepare to watch Crystelle, Giueseppe and Chiggs battling it out for the win, Daily Star has taken a look back at the show's former winners since they took home the trophy.

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.

Edd started the show as a 24-year-old bank debt collector doing a job that he hated after he was turned down for a place at a culinary school that year.

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.

And the blonde hunk is about to make Strictly Come Dancing history as one half of the first all-male couple to compete on the BBC dance competition, with viewers eagerly awaiting to see which professional dancer the northern heartthrob will be coupled 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.

Now the brunette beauty has created a successful baking career working for a range of celebrity clients including award-winning illustrator Quentin Blake, Jools Holland as well as cooking at the Wimbledon Championships.

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.

Even though the blonde beauty had retired at the beginning of the series, the ambitious baker went back into work following her success as she performed cooking demonstrations as well as submitting regular baking features to a range of magazines and newspapers.

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.

The former P.E teacher pursued her love of baking which she developed into a full-time career after the show.

Now the owner of a pub, the star has also found a passion for makeup as it was rumoured the star wanted to launch her own lipstick line.

And she stayed in the limelight for years to come as she appeared in the 2018 celebrity lineup for Dancing on Ice despite being booted off the show in 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.

Unaware of the time difference, the Channel 4 judge apologised incessantly for her unfortunate mishap on Twitter.

Since then, Sophie has set up her own cake company to add to her list of accolades throughout her life, including winning a bronze medal at the British Rowing Championships and now training to become a stunt performer.

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.

After his sensational win on the show, Rahul has gone on to remain a strong fan of the show which he actively talks about on Twitter, despite his TV appearances in between.

Unlike many of the other Bake Off winners, Rahul has continued his career as a researcher at the University of Sheffield and bakes 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.

Since his win, David has gone on to become a regular writer about food and fitness in The Guardian in addition to his first cookery book which hit shelves in August 2020.

The beloved baker also did his part throughout 2020 as he helped vaccinate the UK during the peak 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.

After his success, Pete has gone on to produce his first recipe book which will launch in October 2021 and is still pinching himself after his success.

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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