Bake Off: Where Are They Now? - Pretty Witty Cakes
Sep 11

11th September 2019 

Bake Off: Where Are They Now?

Bake Off: Where Are They Now?

We are in the midst of one of the most loved TV shows by Brits. A show preceded by popping the kettle on and slicing up some cake.

Well it would be rude not to.

The Great British Bake Off.

We all love it, anxiously watching each week, who will be next to leave the famous tent and what ridiculous technical they've got to do next. 

It's no wonder supermarkets prepare and stock their shelves full to bursting with sugar and flour, we just can't get enough. 

But after 10 weeks of Bake Off, the coveted cake stand has been awarded and it sadly departs our screens, what happens? Where do the bakers go and just what do they do? How can they go back to their normal day job after the bake off? 

Some bakers have gone on to release cookery books, some have got married and a few have run marathons raising money for charity.

As it turns out, we were just about as curious as everyone else, so we've done our research and discovered a little bit about some of the contestants from series gone by. 

The Bakers: Where are they now?

Jo Wheatley

Rahul Mandal

Jo Wheatley. Series 2. Winner.

Well to start us off we have Jo who is a tutor at Pretty Witty Academy and has filmed 11 tutorials with us over all. She has done an amazing job which you can have a look at below!

Jo has published two recipe books and started her own cake school called Jo's Blue Aga which came into the top 5 baking schools in The Guardian.  

Rahul Mandal
Rahul Mandal
Rahul Mandal
Rahul Mandal

Rahul Mandal

Rahul Mandal

Rahul Mandal. Series 9. Winner.

Rahul was a favourite from the beginning of series 9, seemingly the under dog he consistently produced amazing bakes each week and subsequently went on to win series 9.

Unlike many winners of bake off, Rahul couldn't be kept away from science for too long and has returned to his day job working as a research scientist in South Yorkshire.

Rahul has been seen to be supporting the #AMRCtribe campaign developed by the University of Sheffield to try and attract more women into the engineering industry. He still bakes and has a strong following on instagram, but is yet to release his own cookery book. 

Ruby Bhogal

Ruby Bhogal

Ruby Bhogal. Series 9. Finalist.

Running enthusiast Ruby Bhogal, made it all the way to the final three in series nine of the bake off.

She has gone on to continue baking and has done her fair share of supporting charity work. She is an ambassador for Smile Train UK and ran the London marathon for Cancer Research UK. Using baking for good is what we like to see!

Manon Lagreve 

Manon Lagreve

Manon Lagreve. Series 9. Quarter Finalist.

Born in France and taught to bake by her mother and grandmother, Manon came to London in 2010 as an au pair. Fast forward seven years and she's on the Great British Bake Off, finishing as a quarter finalist. 

She now has her own blog called Manon's Little Kitchen where she shares her lifestyle, travel and baking and recipe tips. She also has over 100,000 followers over on her instagram, so she must be doing something right.

Kim-Joy

Kim-Joy

Kim-Joy. Series 9. Finalist.

Kim-Joy was a mental health specialist before joining the Bake Off and now writes for the Guardian and has her own recipe book - Baking with Kim-Joy. 

She still bakes very cute cakes and treats and her instagram is the most colourful we've seen in a long time with just under 200,000 followers. 

Sophie Faldo

Sophie Faldo

Sophie Faldo. Series 8. Winner.

Formerly a British Army Officer, Sophie Faldo left the day job and went on to win series 8 of Bake Off.

Sophie has been busy since winning bake off and now owns Sophie Faldo's Couture Cakes and tutors baking. She was also shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards 2018 and has gone on to make cakes for highly regarded names such as Laurent Perrier and Sunetra Sarker.

As well as continuing her baking she is keen for thrill and adventure so is training as a stunt woman. Well done Sophie, we salute you.

Liam Charles

Liam Charles

Liam Charles. Series 8. Runner Up.

Liam. Much loved by the nation. He was a joy to watch and added a little youth and some fun to the programme. He has gone on to do great things since leaving Bake Off including hosting Bake Off: The Professionals along side Tom Allen, Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden.

He also gained his own spin off show with Channel 4 called Liam Bakes and has released his own recipe book "Second Helpings" to put the cherry on top of the cake.

Julia Chernogorova

Julia Chernogorova

Julia Chernogorova. Series 8. Runner Up.

Julia left the bake off fairly early on in 2017, but that didn't stop her from taking the baking world by a storm.

She's recently started teaching baking at Bread Ahead Bakery and has appeared teaching at food festivals such as The Great British Food Festival and Lichfield Food Festival.

Candice Brown

Candice Brown

Candice Brown. Series 7. Winner.

With her bright lipstick and perfectly done hair, Candice sailed through 2016's Bake Off and went on to win series 7. Originally a P.E. teacher, she has now moved on to a full time baking career.

She has since got married, bought her own pub, released a cookery book - Comfort: Delicious Bakes and Family Treats, and appeared on Loose Women and Dancing on Ice. She has also been seen to support Where's Your Head At? a mental health campaign. 

Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth. Series 7. Finalist.

Northern Irish Andrew wowed us all on Bake Off Series 7 with his scientific mind and carefully constructed bakes. 

He couldn't quite leave his first love behind and so still keeps up with his Aerospace engineering research. He has since been touring with "Bakineering", a live show around the UK combining baking and engineering to inspire engineers across the nation.

Benjamina Ebuehi

Benjamina Ebuehi

Benjamina Ebuehi. Series 7. Quarter Finalist.

Benjamina was a firm favourite and managed to stay in the tent all the way up until week 8 of series 7.

She has since gone on to do some amazing things including becoming an ambassador for London based social enterprise bakery Luminary Bakery, setting up her own supper club business with her sister Bonita, called The Sister Table and running her blog, Carrot and Crumb.

She has also released a recipe book - The New Way to Cake. 

Selasi Gbormittah

Selasi Gbormittah

Selasi Gbormittah. Series 7. Semi Finalist.

We all loved Selasi with his very chilled, so laid back he was basically lying down, nature.

He was, and still is a banker, but couldn't leave the baking behind completely as he took a year out to complete a diploma in Swiss Pastry and Chocolate Arts at the Culinary Arts Academy in Switzerland.

He also held a one day only pop up bakery called Selasi's Bakes and has recently paired up with fellow contestant Val to become ambassadors for the Share Thyme Project.

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain. Series 6. Winner.

Nadiya has gone on to do really great things after bake off and is arguably one of the most successful winners to come from the show. 

She has filmed a 2 part documentary "The Chronicles of Nadiya", written two recipe books, two kids recipe books and a fiction novel. She has also appeared on The Big Family Cooking Showdown, presenting alongside Zoe Ball and has filmed another of her own series Nadiya's British Food Adventure.

She does this all while still being a mum and writing a weekly column for the Times. 

Tamal Ray

Tamal Ray

Tamal Ray. Series 6. Finalist.

A trainee anaesthetist when on the show, Tamal has gone on to do great things with his baking career, while still being a doctor for the NHS.

He is now a presenter on Channel 4's "Live Well for Longer" and is a food columnist for the Guardians "Feast" magazine. He is developing his own cookery book but had to do a lot of catching up with his training as an anaesthetist so took a little step back for a year or so.

Flora Shedden

Flora Shedden

Flora Shedden. Series 6. Semi Finalist.

Flora, at a mere 20 years old has gone on from bake off to start her own artisan bakery - Aran Bakery in Perthshire. She also wrote her own cookery book - Gatherings - focusing on savoury cooking as she was a little overwhelmed by all the sugar in the tent. 

Among all of this she runs her own blog, simply titled - Flora Shedden.

Nancy Birtwhistle

Nancy Birtwhistle

Nancy Birtwhistle. Series 5. Winner.

We all loved Nancy, she was a great contestant and worthy winner with her hand made contraptions from husband Tim and steady hand.

Nancy has gone on to host and teach at baking and food festivals around the country and has written over 500 recipes. She is also pretty active on instagram as well as being a grandmother to nine. Nine!

Martha Collison

Martha Collison

Martha Collison. Series 5. Quarter Finalist.

Possibly one of the most loved contestants on bake off, she was the youngest ever contestant to have been on the show entering when she was just 17, and managed to stay in the tent until the quarter finals.  

Martha has gone on to do amazing things, writing a weekly column for the Waitrose magazine, appearing at the Great Taste Awards as a judge and supporting many causes such as anti human trafficking and sexual exploitation work with both Tearfund and Bramber Bake House. 

She really has done well and has also recently got married! She still lives in Brighton and has worked with a range of high profile food brands including Tate and Lyle and Cadbury's.

Frances Quinn

Frances Quinn

Frances Quinn. Series 4. Winner.

With a background in design, Frances Quinn loves to combine her two loves in to one. She now has a blog - Frances Quinn - and has written her own recipe book Quintessential Baking.

She also ran the London Marathon alongside other bake off contestants raising money for Macmillan.

Ruby Tandoh

Ruby Tandoh

Ruby Tandoh. Series 4. Finalist.

Ruby was just 20 years old when she entered the Bake Off tent and intermixed studying for her Art History and Philosophy Degree with practicing her bakes.

She is now a baker and writer and has released three of her own recipe books, Crumb, Flavour and Eat up. She also writes for The Guardian and British Elle.

John Whaite

​​John Whaite

John Whaite. Series 3. Winner.

John won series 3 and has since abandoned the law degree (in which he gained a first) to pursue his baking career. 

He has published 3 books, written for food columns, been a TV chef on Lorraine and has opened a cookery school in Lancashire. He has also co hosted ITV's Chopping Block.

James Morton

James Morton

James Morton. Series 3. Finalist.

James was studying medicine while he was battling his way through bake off. He liked to marry baking and science, creating creative bakes that won the nation over. 

He is still a doctor and has now published five books - Brilliant Bread, How Baking Works, Brew, Shetland and Super Sourdough. He has also opened a craft brewery and become a well respected food writer. 


Our Final Words:

We do love Bake Off and congratulate everyones successes upon leaving the tent. A programme that just can't be missed and is a little light hearted entertainment for your Tuesday evenings. So go on, pop the kettle on and have a watch. 

And a final word from Mary...


What To Do Next:

Maybe next time you embark on a cake venture be it a showstopper, technical or signature, check out the the Pretty Witty Academy site!

We have nearly 1000 cake tutorials showing you everything from fixing a damaged cake to sugar paste flowers and wedding cakes all the way to fully advanced gravity defying cakes. 

We also have a huge business section for those wanting to to run a cake business.

So go on, don your aprons and have a look! See more at Pretty Witty Academy.

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