Ruby Tandoh

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Ruby Tandoh
Ruby Tandoh

(1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 27)
OccupationTelevision personality, baker, newspaper columnist, author, model
Years active2013–present
EmployerBBC / ITV
TelevisionThe Great British Bake Off

Ruby Alice Tandoh (born 4 July 1992)[1] is a British baker, columnist, author and former model.[2] She rose to fame after becoming a runner-up on series four of BBC's The Great British Bake Off in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Tandoh's grandfather is from Ghana.[3] She grew up in Southend-on-Sea.[3]

Tandoh studied philosophy at university.[4]

Television career[edit]

The Great British Bake Off[edit]

Writing career[edit]

She has written three books: Crumb: The Baking Book (2014), Flavour: Eat What You Love (2016)[5] and Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want (2018). She was a writer for The Guardian,[6] but announced in June 2018 that she would stop, citing the "elitist" nature of the industry.[7] By March the following year she was again writing occasional articles for the paper. [8]

Along with her wife, Leah Pritchard, Tandoh co-founded Do What You Want, a zine about mental health. All profits from the zine go to charities and non-profits.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Tandoh lives with her wife, Leah Pritchard, in Sheffield, where they married in a low-key ceremony on 31 August 2018.[10]

Tandoh has spoken out about her struggles with eating disorders, criticising the bodyshaming common in "wellness" culture and advocating a healthier, more positive approach to food writing.[11] She was voted the Great British Bake Off's favourite past contestant by the Radio Times audience in 2016.[12]


  • Crumb: The Baking Book (September 2014), ISBN 0701189312
  • Flavour: Eat What You Love (July 2016), ISBN 0701189320
  • Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want (2018), ISBN 1781259593


  1. ^ "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, (FamilySearch: 1 October 2014), Ruby Alice Tandoh, Jul 1992; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Southend On Sea, Essex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. ^ "Ruby Tandoh: Why so much 'vitriol and misogyny'?". The Week. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "My perfect weekend: Ruby Tandoh, Great British Bake Off finalist", The Telegraph, 4 November 2013.
  4. ^ Tandoh, Ruby (9 May 2019). "In Praise of Food Dad, Nigel Slater". Vice. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ Rao, Tejal (3 January 2017). "Ruby Tandoh Just Wants You to Eat What You Love". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Ruby Tandoh". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Coghlan, Adam (7 June 2018). "Food Writer Ruby Tandoh Announces She's Leaving the Guardian". Eater London. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. ^ Tandoh, Ruby (29 March 2019). "Pinch of Nom suddenly makes Delia and Heston look a little stale". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Do What You Want".
  10. ^ "Bake Off star Ruby Tandoh marries girlfriend Leah Pritchard five years after being accused of flirting with Paul Hollywood on show". The Sun. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  11. ^ Haynes, Suyin (16 October 2016). "gal-dem in conversation with Ruby Tandoh". gal-dem.
  12. ^ "Ruby Tandoh is your favourite ever Great British Bake Off contestant". Radio Times. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2017.

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