From TV chefs to cookbook authors, past victors forge ahead with their culinary careers
2014 Nancy Birtwhistle: 60-year-old Birtwhistle, who is a grandmother of eight, swept to Bake Off victory with her windmill-shaped baking confection in the final. A life-long baker, she has continued developing her own recipes, which she posts regularly on her website, and is currently writing an encyclopedia of baking.
2013 Frances Quinn: Quinn’s delicate touch with cake decoration, in particular her finale-stealing Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding cake, won over the hearts of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Since winning, she has toured baking shows and festivals with her cakes and her first cook book, Quintessential Baking, is out at the end of August. It promises “a treasure trove of inspirational ideas to bring a spark of creativity and a teaspoon of wonder into your kitchen”.
2012 John Whaite: Whaite was just 23 when he won Bake Off, having also managed to gain a first-class degree in law during his time on the show. However, he dropped law to prolifically pursue cooking, first with a patisserie diploma at the Cordon Bleu culinary school and then writing two cookery books, John Whaite Bakes in 2013 and John Whaite Bakes At Home in 2014. Whaite has now set up his own online chocolate shop called The Hungry Dog Artisan Chocolates and is also the resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine programme.
2011 Jo Wheatley: Since winning Bake Off, Wheatley has set up her own home cooking school and written two successful cookbooks – the first, A Passion for Baking, and the second, Home Baking. She is also a regular food columnist for the Sun and Sainsbury’s Magazine.
2010 Edd Kimber: Since abandoning his politics degree for the warm embrace of baking, Kimber, who was the first winner of Bake Off, has published three cookbooks – The Boy Who Bakes in 2011, Say It With Cake in 2012 and Patisserie Made Simple in 2014. He is also a regular food blogger and is the resident baker on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
This article was written by Hannah Ellis-Petersen, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 4th August 2015 15.56 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010