Where the Bake Off winners are now – from marriage split to shoplifting ban

The Great British Bake Off is back tonight with a brand new series of bakers hoping to win that sought after winning title.

But what's happened to the winners of the popular Channel 4 programme over the years?

There have been 10 lucky contestants to take home the winning apron, with many going on to who enjoy successful careers in the baking spotlight.

However, some of the winners have faced struggles over the years after winning the show. from mental health battles to one contestant being banned from Waitrose.

To celebrate the exciting new series, we're bringing you what happened to the winners of the Great British Bake Off.

Edd Kimber

Edd now 35, was the first ever winner of Bake Off when it first aired back in 2010.

The first series was a huge success, and after his win Edd was catapulted into stardom.

He left his previous job as a debt collector and focused on his career as a baker and chef, releasing four cook books: Say It With Cake, The Boy Who Bakes, Patisserie Made Simple and One Tin Bakes.

The baker also has a podcast called Stir The Pot.

Joanne Wheatley

Joanne Wheatley was the lucky winner of series two as she took the Bake Off crown in 2011.

Since the 51-year-old star's victory, she's released two cookbooks called A Passion For Baking and Home Baking.

Joanne has also written a column in the Sainsbury's magazine and appeared on television programmes like This Morning and The One Show.

She faced a difficult period shortly after being on the show as it was revealed her husband, Richard, was serving a seven-year prison sentence over a £60million money-laundering operation.

Joanne said that she had been honest about it with producers, but they didn't want it to define how she was perceived by viewers.

A BBC spokeswoman explained: “Joanne’s husband’s background bears no relevance to the programme.

"She is a talented baker and those talents have been recognised, as she was crowned the winner.”

John Whaite

John Whaite won the popular baking show in 2012 after impressing the judges with his incredible skills.

He was on the show when he was just 23, and had been studying for his law exams at the time.

After winning he was resident chef on ITV's Lorraine and made guest appearances on What's shows like This Morning and Sunday Brunch.

But John, now 31, later confessed that he regretted taking part in the programme.

Writing in The Telegraph, he said: "Some days I'd wish I had never been on the show, because in reality, it totally derailed me from a steady life path."

In 2019, John told his fans he was stepping away from social media due to battling a "severe bout of depression".

He's now back on social media and been active on Twitter, sharing his excitement for the new Bake Off series.

Frances Quinn

Frances Quinn, 38, was the fourth winner of the Great British Bake Off, taking home the prestigious winners apron in 2013.

She put her career of children's clothing designer behind and started cooking for celebrities including Jools Holland and Clare Balding.

She released her very own book, Quintessential Baking, in 2016.

In May this year it was claimed that the baker had been banned from her local Waitrose for shoplifting, according to reports.

Leicestershire Police said: "She admitted her involvement to officers and the matter was dealt with by way of a community resolution."

Nancy Birtwhistle

Nancy won the fifth series of The Great British Bake Off in 2014.

Since her thrilling win, Nancy, 66, has written for several newspapers, as well as releasing her own book, Sizzle and Drizzle.

She also campaigns for charity organisation Love Food Hate Waste, as well as doing baking demonstrations across the country.

Nancy, who used to be a Practice Manager at a GP surgery, also has her own blog.

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya, who is certainly one of the most famous winners of the iconic show, was crowned Bake Off champion in 2015.

The 35-year-old has written several cookbooks since her victory, as well as a biography.

In 2016 she was chosen to bake a cake for the Queen's 90th birthday, and last year was awarded an MBE.

She's hosted her own shows, including The Chronicles of Nadiya, Nadiya's British Food Adventure, The Big Family Cooking Showdown and Nadiya's Family Favourites.

Candice Brown

Candice Brown was the winner of the Bake Off tent in 2016.

After winning she quit her teaching job in order to focus on a career in baking, and has written various newspaper articles and appeared on This Morning.

The 35-year-old was caught up in controversy back in 2017 when she was seen embracing Paul Hollywood after the Pride of Britain Awards.

In 2018 she took part in the tenth series of Dancing on Ice but was eliminated first.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Candice and Liam had split after being married for two years, and he reportedly said their relationship came under strain days after they got engaged due to the photograph of her with Hollywood.

Sophie Faldo

Sophie Faldo was the first winner of the Great British Bake Off after the show moved from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2017.

However, Prue Leith, who replaced Mary Berry, accidentally revealed she'd won before it had aired on the television.

Sophie released her own cookbook called Something Sweet, and also started a business, Sophie Faldo Couture Cakes.

The 36-year-old baker admitted she found her new fame tricky to deal with, telling the Radio Times: "I have experienced some dark times.

"You're expected to do a lot of stuff as a Bake Off winner, and if you don't meet those targets or do what everyone expects you to do, you're considered to be a bit of a failure and I had to remind myself what was important to me."

Rahul Mandal

Rahul Mandal was beloved by viewers as he won the ninth series of Bake Off in 2018.

He worked as a columnist for The Times after his exciting win, and also still makes regular appearances on This Morning.

As well as his successful career in baking, he works as an engineering researcher at the University of Sheffield's Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

David Atherton

Viewers were delighted when David Atherton was crowned the winner of Great British Bake Off 2019, despite not winning star baker once.

David, 37, was an international health adviser living in London. He grew up in Yorkshire and was inspired to start baking by his mum.

Earlier this year he released a children's cookbook, My First Cookbook.

The Great British Bake Off starts tonight at 8pm on Channel 4

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