This is every winner of the Great British Bake Off over its 10 year history

Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 12:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 12:54 pm

In the closest race to the crown of Great British Baker 2020, Edinburgh student Peter Sawkins and Hampshire dad Dave Friday battled it out in a bromance-filled finale.

Third place went to Laura, a 31-year-old Digital Manager from Kent.

But who has won GBBO in the past and where are they now? Here’s a full list of the winners since 2010.

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Winner 2020 - Peter Sawkins

Series 11 culminated in a two-man race between Dave and Peter, both having excelled throughout the previous 10 weeks.

However, Peter proved triumphant with a narrow win which judge Paul Holywood said came down to “how many flakes in a puff pastry”.

Peter, 20, a finance and accounting student at Edinburgh University joked he had been a ‘Bake Off nerd’ since the third year of the show when fellow Scot - James Morton - came second place.

Peter received a mixed response from the judges on his final bake - the showstopper.

While his Bonkers Bake Off Bubble Cake dessert tower was ‘heavenly’ in some parts, Paul Holywood described his checkerboard biscuits as ‘stodgy’.

However, his signature bake - custard slices - proved a winner as he paid homage to Scotland with a cranachan theme of baked oats and raspberries.

The youngest winner ever, Peter admitted: “I wanted this a lot. When I was 12, I was watching repeats of Bake Off back to back.

“It got me into baking big time. I think 12-year-old Peter would be in awe, and just the most excited giddy kid. I am that excited giddy kid right now.”

2019 Series 10 - David Atherton

The nurse who originally trained in art and design wowed the judges each week with his precision and detail in 2019, despite never once being crowned Star Baker.

Originally a reserve for the show, he was called in to take part last minute.

His healthier bakes were a frequent feature and he has gone on to write columns for the Guardian on food for fitness, as well as releasing his cook book My First Cookbook in August 2020.

2018 Series 9 - Rahul Mandal

The Indian engineering researcher was a shy and humble contestant throughout his time on the GBBO.

He won the hearts of the nation and judges as 10 million tuned in to watch him crowned King of the cakes.

He has since appeared on ITV’s This Morning and is a columnist for The Times Magazine and an ambassador for STEM subjects.

2017 Series 8 - Sophie Faldo

Afghanistan veteran Sophie was certainly the darkhorse of series 8 but her win was no surprise, as newby judge Prue Leith tweeted the results hours before the finale aired.

She now runs her own business, Sophie Faldo Couture Cakes in Suffolk.

2016 Series 7 - Candice Brown

The former PE teacher was best known for her bold choice of lippy in the tent and has since performed on the 2017 series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

She has published Comfort: delicious bakes and family treats and also appeared on the seasonal spin off of GBBO, The Great New Year's Bake Off.

2015 Series 6 - Nadiya Hussain

Possibly the most successful of all the winners, mother-of-three Nadiya has gone on to present several cooking shows for the BBC and released a bestselling cookbook.

She was also selected to bake Queen Elizabeth's birthday cake when she celebrated her 90th in April 2016, creating a controversial topsy-turvy cake.

2014 Series 5 - Nancy Birtwhistle

Hull’s favourite granny was a shock win in 2014 and is the oldest winner of the bake off.

The GP manager, 68, released her book Sizzle & Drizzle: Tips for a Modern Day Home-maker and is set to release another - Clean & Green: 101 Hints and Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Home - in 2021.

2013 Series 4 - Frances Quinn

While on the show, children’s designer Frances was frequently bothered by her tendency to prioritise ‘design over substance’.

The Leicester mum has also published her cookbook, Quinntessential Baking and makes a living baking custom-made cakes.

2012 Series 3 - John Whaite

Lancashire-born John struck lucky with a weekly slot on Lorraine, following his success on the Bake Off.

He works as a chef and food writer, while having previously featured as a judge on ITV cooking competition, Chopping Block.

2011 Series 2 - Joanne Wheatley

Another food columnists, housewife gone cookbook author Joanne has published two books A Passion For Baking and Home Baking.

She has also appeared on several television shows, such as The One Show and the Alan Tichmarsh Show.

2010 Series 1 - Ed Kimber

Bradford born Ed has gone on to write three cookbooks and many columns since his time on the show.

The former debt collector also struck gold with a stint in Raymond Blanc’s famous pastry kitchen.