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Where Are the Great British Baking Show Winners Now?

Before tuning in to The Great British Baking Show Season 5 finale, let’s look back at previous seasons’ winners.

July 12, 2018

Soggy bottoms, scrummy pastries and the coveted Paul Hollywood handshake: While each season of The Great British Baking Show introduces a new cast of bakers, there are some things that never change. The show’s formula of delicious bakes, lighthearted humor and all-around good sportsmanship makes for a winning recipe, season after season. But what happens after the show? Where are the winners from The Great British Baking Show now?

Season 5 of The Great British Baking Show has introduced 12 new charismatic characters, like vicar’s wife Sarah Jane, law student John and Key Lime Pie maestro Ryan. The winner of the season is yet to be determined. Before all is revealed in the finale on Friday, August 17 at 9:00 p.m., let’s take a look back at previous seasons’ star bakers.

Here’s who won The Great British Baking Show Seasons 1-4, and what they’re up to today.

Nancy Birtwhistle, Season 1

Grandmother and home baker Nancy Birtwhistle was known for keeping cool even when the tent got hot and recipes didn’t go as planned. Her keep-calm-and-carry-on attitude paid off when she won the final with a Moulin Rouge-inspired showstopper. Since the series ended, Nancy has contributed recipes as a food writer and maintains an active Instagram presence: you can follow her at @nancy.birtwhistle.

Frances Quinn, Season 2

In my opinion, this was the most amateurish season of The Great British Baking Show. A couple of the challenges felt like arts-and-crafts projects, and some of the wedding cakes in the final showstopper challenge could have made a bride cry on her wedding day. However, Frances’s final showstopper, a Midsummer Dream Wedding Cake, was beautiful and, to be fair, she stood out from the pack throughout the entire season.

A children’s clothing designer when she started the series, Frances has since published a cookbook, Quinntessential Baking, and posts bakes for notable clients on Instagram, including Florence + the Machine and Wimbledon Tennis Club. You can follow her at @frances_quinn.     

Nadiya Hussain, Season 3  

When we first met Nadiya Hussain, she was a shy, stay-at-home mom. But as the series progressed, she gained confidence and became a fan favorite and frontrunner. After winning Season 3, Nadiya’s journey didn’t end.

A television personality, author and food writer, Nadiya may be the busiest Baking Show winner. She has published multiple cookbooks and has appeared on several food series, including Nadiya’s British Food Adventure, The Chronicles of Nadiya and The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Nadiya also baked a cake for Buckingham Palace as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday celebration.

You can follow Nadiya on Instagram at @nadiyajhussain.

Candice Brown, Season 4

P.E. teacher and lipstick aficionado Candice Brown took home the cake stand last season. After her big win, Brown published her cookbook Comfort: Delicious Bakes and Family Treats. She also competed in the tenth season of the British ITV series Dancing on Ice. Follow Candice on Instagram at @candicebrown.

So who will win this season? Don’t miss The Great British Baking Show Friday nights at 9 p.m.


Caroline Gerdes

Caroline Gerdes is the social media specialist at Cascade Public Media and a New Orleanian living in Seattle. She was also a National Geographic Young Explorer — which is totally a real job title. She recently published her first book, An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward

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