Now that the Great British Bake Off is back, it seems that the popular baking programme is once again all anybody wants to talk about.
The premiere show went down a storm following the show’s controversial move from BBC to Channel 4, and it seems fans will be just as hooked on the bakers antics as they ever were.
GBBO has undoubtedly become somewhat of a national treasure these days, despite starting off as a smaller, quaint and quintessentially British TV programme.
So it’s inevitable that some of the show’s ‘star bakers’ e.g – the GBBO winners, have gone on from the programme to enjoy major success, with books deals, TV contracts and nationwide fame.
But who, over the seven years of the show’s run, has proven the most successful star?
Take a look at what some of GBBO’s most well-known winners have been up to since their time on the programme…
GBBO has undoubtedly risen in popularity, so Edd won the programme when it first started, and was perhaps at its least popular. But despite that fact, after winning in 2010, Edd went on to release three cookbooks, and even won the spot as resident baker on the now defunct The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Jo won the second series of the Great British Bake Off, and has had big successes since. In order to pass on her wisdom, she’s opened up her very own cookery school, and has even written two popular cookbooks.
Apparently, she’s bagged herself £75,000 from books deal – so has clearly done well out of the show.
You’ll probably remember him most for his ‘heaven and hell’ showstopper. But following his win on the third series of the programme in 2012, John has been going from strength to strength and has even built up a successful TV career as a baker.
He’s often seen presenting the cooking slot on Lorraine, and has also appeared on This Morning and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. In 2016, he also hosted an ITV programme called Chopping Block alongside veteran chef Rosemary Shrager.
And that’s not all! 28-year-old John has also released four cookery books, and has even opened up John Waite’s Kitchen Cookery School in Lancashire, after studying for his Patisserie diploma at Le Corden Bleu.
He’s certainly been busy!
She was praised as the perfect baker on the programme, with positive comments from the judges almost every week. And winner of the fourth series just two years ago, Frances Quinn, has also enjoyed a successful baking career since exiting the show.
She’s released a book, ‘Quintessential Baking’, and has also taken part in food festivals around the UK.
She’s also baked for famous faces including Jools Holland and illustrator Quentin Blake, so clearly isn’t doing too badly!
Candice won the show most recently, in 2016. And although she’s only been in the public eye for a year, she’s on track for a great career in the cookery world.
Shortly after the show ended, she left her job as a teacher to pursue baking full-time, and has since been spotted at lots of major food events throughout the UK.
Candice occasionally cooks on ITV’s This Morning, and is also rumoured to be taking part in the revival of Dancing On Ice, set to air later this year. If true, we can’t wait!
Inevitably, Nadiya is the biggest success story of them all. Hilarious and loveable Nadia won the programme in 2015, and won over the hearts of the nation with her moving and emotional speech after being awarded the Bake Off trophy.
Since, she’s rarely been out of the spotlight, and has had a wave of incredibly opportunities. She’s baked for the Queen, been given her own cookery show on the BBC, joined Zoe Ball and Rosemary Shrager for BBC’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown, and has most recently even written a novel!
She’s become somewhat of a beloved personality too, appearing on shows like Loose Women to much acclaim, and gracing the covers of magazines (including Woman and Home!), too.
After winning the show, it was estimated that Nadiya was set to earn herself £1million as a result – and we’re sure that that’s become a reality given all she’s done since!
We wonder which GBBO contestant this year will join this list? And will they be more successful than Nadiya? Only time will tell…