The Great British Bake Off fans are drooling at the prospect of the show returning to TV tonight.

Former winner John Whaite, 32, dazzled viewers at the weekend when he appeared as one half of Strictly Come Dancing ’s first ever all-male pairing. He is just one of the Bake Off champs still in the limelight.

Here – in our look at all the winners since the first series in 2010 – we see how the popularity of some has continued to rise.

But there has been plenty of adversity too...

Edd Kimber - 2010

Edd Kimber with Mel & Sue (



Edd, still only 35, was GBBO’s first winner back in 2010. He quit his job as a debt collector to write cookbooks. Edd has published four, including One Tin Bakes.

He has amassed 388,000 followers on social media, where he showcases his recipes.

Edd has been the resident baker on the Alan Titchmarsh Show and ran a bakery in upmarket department store Fortnum & Mason.

Joanne Wheatley - 2011

Jo has written several cookery books, which have been best sellers

A housewife when she competed, Joanne went on to release two cookbooks, write a column for Sainsbury’s Magazine and appear on programmes such as The One Show.

The 52-year-old from Essex now has her own website, Jo’s Blue Aga. Soon after she won GBBO, it was revealed that her husband Richard was serving a seven-year jail term for money laundering. They are believed still to be together.

John Whaite - 2012

John Whaite after winning GBBO (


John Whaite has been paired with Johannes Radebe on Strictly (



John went on to study for his patisserie diploma from Parisian school Le Cordon Bleu.

He also released four cookery books, co-hosted ITV’s Chopping Block and in 2015 launched John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School in a converted cattle shed.

In 2018, he announced plans to return to his law career but is currently appearing on Strictly.

Frances Quinn - 2013

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A children’s clothes designer before she won in 2013, the 39-year-old went on to write a bestselling cookbook called Quintessential Baking and even appeared in Vogue.

Frances went on Celebrity Pointless and set the record for the world’s largest Jaffa Cake in 2017. But last year it was revealed that she was banned from Waitrose after being accused of shoplifting there.

Nancy Birtwhistle - 2014

Nancy Birtwhistle has been the oldest winner to date (



At 60, Nancy was the oldest GBBO winner to date. The former GP practice manager and grandmother of eight who retired in 2007, said her earnings after raising the Bake Off cake stand “nicely” topped up her NHS pension.

Nadiya Hussain - 2015

Nadiya Hussain has been Bake Off's most successful winner (


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Believed to be Bake Off’s most successful contestant, Nadiya, 36, is now thought to be worth £3.7million thanks to her work as a television presenter and author.

She has hosted shows The Chronicles of Nadiya and Nadiya’s British Food Adventure was chosen to bake the Queen’s 90th birthday cake in 2016 and last year was awarded an MBE.

Candice Brown - 2016

Candice Brown after winning Great British Bake Off (


Candice Brown serves a pint as a publican (



Former PE teacher Candice, 36, was estimated to net £1million in the year after winning. She appeared on Dancing on Ice in 2018 and won Celebrity Mastermind in 2019.

She spilt from husband Liam Macaulay in 2020, describing it as her hardest year as her pub The Green Man, in Bedfordshire, also struggled.

Sophie Faldo - 2017

Sophie Faldo became disillusioned after winning (



The Army officer, who served in Afghanistan, changed career after she won.

She launched Sophie Faldo Couture Cakes, but says she earned more money before GBBO and went through “dark times”.

She said: “I had to remind myself what was important to me.”

Rahul Mandal - 2018

Rahul Mandal is the only winner to not publish a book (


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The 34-year-old went back to being an engineering researcher at the University of Sheffield and, unusually, hasn’t written a baking book.

But he has been on This Morning and written a newspaper column. His 100-ingredient cake is a world record.

David Atherton - 2019

David Atherton wins Bake Off in 2019 (


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David Atherton in 2020 (


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David, 38, was controversial as the only winner to have never been star baker during their tenure on the show. He was an international health adviser when he went on GBBO.

He has written a column on food for fitness and My First Cookbook, aimed at children.

Peter Sawkins - 2020

Peter Sawkins won the last series of Bake Off (



One in six Brits are believed to have watched Peter, now 21, become the youngest ever winner last year. Peter is still doing his Accounting and Finance degree at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also president of the university’s badminton society.

He is about to release his first cookbook Peter Bakes, with twists on classic favourites as well as some traditional Scottish recipes.

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