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Bake Off winners and favourites: Where are they now?

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Bake Off winners and favourites: Where are they now?
We just can't get enough of The Great British Bake Off, but what happens to the bakers once they disappear from our screens?

We've cheered on our favourite contestants over the years as they've taken part in tough baking challenges and made their signature bakes for the discerning eyes and tastebuds of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. We've even got lots of recipes from Mary and Paul, as well as cake recipes and cake decorating tips from previous contestants like Jo Wheatley and Holly Bell.

But what happened to some of our favourite contestants from previous years? Was taking part in the Bake Off a passport to fame and fortune?

Nadiya Hussain


Who? Winner of The Great British Bake Off 2015

Where is she now? Nadiya is a favourite here at GoodtoKnow as one of our baking bloggers, also writing for The Times Magazine too. As if she wasn't busy enough, the baker has recently stared in her own TV show, The Chronicles of Nadiya, was given the honour of baking the Queen's 90th birthday cake, launched her first cookbook, Nadiya's Kitchen, and is a judge on the Junior Bake Off - phew!

Tamal Ray


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2015

Where is he now? Crowned the 'sexy beast' of Bake Off by the viewers watching season 6, Tamal has put baking on the back burner to focus on his career as an anaesthetist, but don't fret! You can still catch Tamal's monthly recipes in The Guardian. He currently stars in Channel 4's Be Your Own Doctor showing off his knowledge of all things health related.

Ian Cumming


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2015

Where is he now? The travel photographer combines his passion for baking and far off places in the adventurous recipes he creates for his hometown paper, Cambridge News. Other than that he's been keeping a low profile, enjoying family life in the countryside.

Flora Shedden


Who? Contestant of The Great British Bake Off 2015

Where is she now? The youngest contestant on GBBO since Martha in 2014, Flora has written a cookbook of her own, called Gatherings - a mixture of baking and cooking recipes. We can't wait to see what's next on Flora's list of things to do...

Stu Henshall


Who? Contestant of The Great British Bake Off 2015

Where is he now? Ah poor Stu was the first person to leave 2015 Bake Off but that hasn't stopped him from his foodie dream. He's been busy filming a new food show The Alternative Kitchen. His Instagram account is definitely worth a nose at: @thealtkitchen.

Dorret Conway


Who? Contestant of The Great British Bake Off 2015

Where is she now? Well Dorret has certainly been a busy bee cooking at food festivals, demonstrating some of her new recipes as well as helping out at a local school teaching them how to bake - aw!

Paul Jagger


Who? Contestant of The Great British Bake Off 2015

Where is he now? Now we all remember that impressive lion bread showstopper Paul pulled off. He's really been pushing his baking skills to the next level and recently made a stunning suitcase cake which looks too real to eat!

Alvin Magallanes


Who? Contestant of The Great British Bake Off 2015

Where is he now? Family man Alvin has been juggling kids with his job at the hospital and weekend baking. You should check out his Twitter page @alvinmagallanes which includes a mouth-watering ganache covered chocolate cake – good old Alvin!

Marie Campbell


Who? Contestant of The Great British Bake Off 2015

Where is she now? Well, she's only gone and opened up her very own patisserie 'Marie's Little Cake Shop' where you can go a learn how decorate cakes and well as scoff on all of her freshly baked pastries!

Nancy Birtwhistle


Who? Winner of The Great British Bake Off 2014

Where is she now? Nancy operates a very successful baking blog and is working on her cookbook, which she says will contain no obscure ingredients and be a 'hand-me-down cookbook, something for a mother to pass on to her daughter.'

Luis Troyano


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2014

Where is he now? Luis released his own cookbook Bake It Great in August 2015, since then he's made appearances on shows like BBC Good Food and BBC Breakfast to flaunt his skills!

Richard Burr


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2014

Where is he now? After breaking the Bake Off record for being the star baker six times in a row, Richard has published his first recipe book, Bake It Yourself. Between book signings and competition judging, Richard will be showed off his baking at Jimmy's Harvest Festival in July 2015 and the Thame Food Festival in September 2015.

Martha Collison


Who? Contestant of The Great British Bake Off 2014

Where is she now? As the youngest contestant on GBBO to date at just 17, we're amazing to hear that Martha just published her first book, Twist, in July 2015. She writes a weekly column for Waitrose Weekend, demonstrates at festivals and has worked with high-profile brands like Cadbury and Mars – where will she go next?

Frances Quinn


Who? Winner of The Great British Bake Off 2013

Where is she now? We all remember Frances for her extravagant bakes in the Bake Off tent. The winner has been busy demonstrating her skills at food shows such as BBC Good Food since her Bake Off days and published her book, Quinntessential Baking, in 2015.

Ruby Tandoh


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2013

Where is she now? Ruby may not have won the Bake Off but she certainly hasn't let that get her down. She's gone onto a successful food career writing recipes for The Guardian and was voted the public's favourite Great British Bake Off contestant ever in 2015! Her cookbook Crumb came out in 2014.

Kimberley Wilson


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2013

Where is she now? Other than popping into the GoodtoKnow office to teach us how to make jam a while back, Kimberley has been busy working with a variety of brands including Persil and Dr. Oetker, creating new recipes for her successful blog, butimhungrynow.com.

Howard Middleton


Who? Contestant of The Great British Bake Off 2013

Where is he now? Howard has been a busy bee since his Bake Off days making guest appearances at shows such as the Cake & Bake Show. He's published his cookbook, Delicious Gluten-Free Baking, and showed off his bakes at the Great British Food Festival in September 2015, making some of his yummy dishes.

John Whaite


Who? Winner of The Great British Bake Off 2012

Where is he now? John Whaite won the 2012 with his show-stopping Heaven and Hell cake. His cookbooks, John Whaite Bakes, John Whaite Bakes At Home and Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients are all out now. John has opened John Whaite's Kitchen Cookery School in Lancashire, offering courses to teach students to create 'delicious, wholesome food'. He also writes for the Telegraph and is the resident chef on ITV's Lorraine - does the man ever sleep?!

James Morton


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2012

Where is he now? James was one of the favourites to win last year's Bake Off and was known for his patterned jumpers and geek-chic glasses. He has since written two recipe books, both of which are out now: Brilliant Bread and How Baking Works. He's also toured Scotland with his bread baking shows James Morton Kneads to Raise Some Dough and James Morton's Stolen Christmas, founded a very popular baking blog with a large twitter following and still found time to qualify as a medical doctor, now working for the NHS as a junior doctor.

Brendan Lynch


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2012

Where is he now? We loved talented Brendan and his brilliant bakes, so we're pleased to hear he's busy teaching cookery classes and giving baking demonstrations at food festivals.

Cathryn Dresser


Who? Contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2012

Where is she now? Cathryn got voted off for her broken tea cakes but that hasn't stopped the young mum from making a career in the baking world. As well as making TV appearances, Cathryn released a children's cookbook in 2014.

Jo Wheatley


Who? Winner of The Great British Bake Off 2011

Where is she now? Bubbly Jo was a popular winner of The Great British Bake Off's 2nd series. She's built a successful baking career since then, with magazine columns, two cookbooks and cake classes at her Essex home. She's also been known to pop into GoodtoKnow every now and again to share some delicious bakes with us. Even Nigella is a fan!

Holly Bell


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2011

Where is she now? Busy Holly is pursuing a career in baking. She writes a popular blog called Recipes From a Normal Mum and has a cookbook of the same name.

Mary Anne Boermans


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2011

Where is she now? With her jolly personality and encyclopedic knowledge of baking, Mary-Anne was one of our favourite ever Bake Off contestants. So we were first in line to buy her cookbook of historic cake recipes, Great British Bakes, which came out in 2013. She also writes a blog, timetocookonline.com, where you can try out all of her recent recipes!

Edd Kimber


Who? Winner of The Great British Bake Off 2010

Where is he now? Talented Edd has enjoyed lots of success since winning the original Bake Off. He's written three baking books, writes a blog called The Boy Who Bakes and has made many TV appearances.

Ruth Clemens


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2010

Where is she now? Ruth Clemens continues to run her popular baking website The Pink Whisk and has written a guide to Cake Decorating and a series of Pink Whisk eBooks. Ruth also helped judge our Jubilee Queen of Cakes contest with Gino D'Acampo. Tough gig!

Miranda Gore-Browne


Who? Runner up of The Great British Bake Off 2010

Where is she now? Original series contestant Miranda was a whizz at making biscuits and has since written her own biscuits cookbook. Mary Berry calls her 'the iced biscuit queen'. Now that's a compliment!

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