On the “Great British Bake Off”, a group of amateur bakers compete against each other in a series of rounds: Signature Dish, Technical Challenge and Showstopper. At the end of each episode, the judges decide to send both the star baker and the contestant home. The final is between the last three bakers still standing by their ovens. Scroll down to see the Great British Bake Off winners below: who came first in each series; who finished as the runner-up; And what were the champion’s final signature, technical and showstopper dishes.
Series 1: Edd Kimber
Edd Kimber won season one in 2010. Since then, He has released four cookbooks about baking. Their focus is on baking in small batches.
Series 2: Jo Wheatley
The second series of Bake Off, which was hugely popular, saw an all-female final win. After winning she released two best-selling cookery books, A Passion for Baking and Home Baking, and like Ed, has also baked on The Alan Titchmarsh Show. She has written about baking for many publications, including The Sun and a column in Sainsbury’s magazine.
Series 3: John Whaite
Wow remember back in the days when The Great British Bake off only had viewing figures of about 5 million? Neither do we. But it was during the shows early years that John took the trophy, joining the final as an underdog, but managing to bake his way up the ladder.
Series 4: Frances Quinn
While on the show, children’s designer Francis was often troubled by their tendency to prioritize ‘design over substance’. The Leicester mum has also published her own cookbook, Quintessential Baking, and makes a living baking custom-made cakes.
Series 5: Nancy Birtwhistle
Grandma of nine Nancy Birtwistle is just as passionate about baking now as she was during the show’s fifth season in 2014. Along with being active on social media, she has followed in the footsteps of her fellow contestants by creating her own blog and writing several books about baking and how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Series 6: Nadiya Hussain
Nadia is arguably the brightest star baker to come out of The Great British Baking Show – she even baked a birthday cake for the Queen! However, with his emotional acceptance speech, he captured the hearts of fans forever. “I’m never going to put limits on myself. I’m never going to say I can’t do it. I’m never going to say ‘maybe’.” I would never say, ‘I don’t think I can. I can and I will.
Series 7: Candice Brown
Candice continues the Bake Off success story after her own triumphant journey that saw the three-time nominated star baker marvel. After her win, she quit her job as a teacher to focus full-time on her culinary dream, and has since released comfort-food recipe books and penned columns for The Times.
Series 8: Sophie Faldo
The former British Army officer fought his way to the top in 2017. Since her win, Faldo has started her own business, Sophie Faldo Cakes, which specializes in custom confections for weddings and other occasions. In 2019, she appeared in the Insight TV series, Travel with a Goat, alongside Spanish food vlogger Abraham Bandera Baez.
Series 9: Rahul Mandal
Following his appearance on Bake Off, Dr Rahul Mandal returned to his day job as a nuclear engineering researcher at the University of Sheffield. Nevertheless, Rahul still works in the world of baking from time to time, with former champions writing a food column for The Times as well as appearing on shows such as This Morning.
Series 10: David Atherton
This year’s underdog David, an international health consultant from Yorkshire, beat fellow finalists Alice and Steph to crown him the ultimate Star Bakers (having never won the title before). They stunned the judges and the nation with their delicious bakes, while four-time star baker Steph stumbled at the last hurdle.
Series 11: Peter Sawkins
The youngest GBBO contestant returns to school after his historic win. While studying for his accounting and finance degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, Sawkins released a cookbook titled Peter Bakes in October 2021.
Series 12: Giuseppe Dell’Anno
Giuseppe Dell’Anno is the show’s most recent winner, impressing the judges with his Italian bake in season 12 in 2021. Only a year after her win, she’s already written a cookbook — which is set to be released this December — and made a few television appearances. And like Peter, he enjoys meeting other former contestants from the show.