It's not long to go until we can get our fill of soggy bottoms as 10 new contestants compete to be Star Baker in the Great British Bake Off.
Now in its 10th series, the hit Channel 4 competition is back this week lead by presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.
Star bakers who have managed to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith enough to be crowned the winner over the years have gone on to enjoy lucrative careers – boasting a huge range of cook books and businesses.
So where are they all now? Here we catch up with what they've been up to since…
Edd Kimber (Series 1 – 2010)
When Edd became the first ever winner of the show, he quit his job as a debt collector and went on to release three cook books – Say It With Cake, The Boy Who Bakes and Patisserie Made Simple.
The 34-year-old, who lives in London, writes for BBC Good Food, Delicious and Waitrose Kitchen, and on his blog, The Boy Who Bakes.
He's enjoying a successful career and loves being out of the spotlight.
"To me, the idea of being famous is a bit grim," he admitted in an interview.
"I don’t think I could ever have dealt with the attention Nadiya [Hussain] gets, because it’s intense and ongoing.
"I’m very happy with my career. I’m very happy with the balance I’ve managed to achieve. The fact that I have a bit of a halfway house is really nice.”
Joanne Wheatley (Series 2 – 2011)
Jo has been one of the most successful Bake Off contestants ever, selling over than 70,000 copies of her four books, including A Passion for Baking and Home Baking.
The 50-year-old mum generated sales of almost £500,000 from her books and has appeared on The One Show and The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Jo says: “I was a stay-at-home-mum without much confidence before. So winning the show was massively life-changing. I can now treat my husband and kids.
"My best advice to contestants is to keep calm under stress and enjoy the experience.”
John Whaite (Series 3 – 2012)
After winning series 3, John earned a degree in patisserie from Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu and runs his own cookery school in Lancashire.
Earlier this month John was tweeting updates about his sister Victoria, who went missing after vanishing in Portugal during a "three-day breakdown".
He said: "I am delighted to say that Victoria has been found. She is alive, she is sober but she is very very distressed (it seems she was found JUST in time).
"A stranger recognised her and took her into her house."
John is also a regular on ITV daytime shows This Morning and Lorraine.
Frances Quinn (Series 4 – 2013)
The 37-year-old from Northampton released a recipe book called Quintessential Baking and has baked for top clients like Jools Holland and Clare Balding.
Frances lifted the lid on what it was really like in the Bake Off tent – and it was pretty gruelling.
“You haven't really got a life other than Bake Off. No social life. That was the most stressful time. We had to get a train down on the Friday and we'd have a wake up call at 5am, we'd be in the tent at 7am," she revealed.
“We'd wrap filming at about 8pm and then it would be the same again the next day. I'd get back at about midnight on the Sunday. It's not just a 2 hour bake with a few buttercups.”
Nancy Birtwhistle (Series 5 – 2014)
Grandmother of eight Nancy, from Hull, was retired when she entered the competition.
Now the 64-year-old writes recipes for her website.
She said: "Since winning, I’ve done cake judging, teaching in schools and after-dinner speaking.
"I write a recipe every day – I now have 250 – and a weekly blog post. I grow all my own produce in our garden; I even rear my own turkeys for Christmas."
Nadiya Hussain (Series 6 – 2015)
Since her win in 2015, Nadiya is now a household name – and a millionaire, thanks to her cook books and TV presenting.
Nadiya's also hosted three of her own cooking shows – The Chronicles of Nadiya, Nadiya’s British Food Adventure and Nadiya’s Family Favourites.
She was also given the honour of baking the Queen's 90th birthday cake.
When she won in 2015 she made millions of viewers cry with her speech, where she said: "I’m never going to put boundaries on myself ever again."
The mum-of-three said: "It’s mad, because I’m just this five-foot-one Muslim brown girl with three kids, who kind of … had a life before all of this.
"I never dreamed of doing anything other than that. I only ever baked because it helped with my anxiety.”
Candice Brown (Series 7 – 2016)
Candice is another winner who's gone on to enjoy a high-profile career.
The 34-year-old was a PE teacher when she applied for Bake Off, but quit after winning the competition.
She said her boss at the school was supportive of her decision.
"My headteacher told me, 'You've got to do this, you can't do it half-heartedly. I wouldn't forgive myself if you missed out. It's not that we don't want you here but you have to give it 100 per cent'", she revealed.
Last year she married her boyfriend Matt Macauley in a lavish ceremony in France and also starred in Dancing on Ice , but was eliminated in the second week.
She's recently become a pub landlady in Bedfordshire and is campaigning to save local pubs.
Source: Read Full Article