The Great British Bake Off (series 1)

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The Great British Bake Off
Series 1
The Great British Bake Off (series 1) cast and bakers promo.png
Photo of the main cast and contestants of the first series
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes6
Original networkBBC Two
Original release17 August (2010-08-17) –
21 September 2010 (2010-09-21)
Series chronology
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Series 2

The first series of The Great British Bake Off first aired on BBC Two on 17 August 2010. Ten home bakers took part in a bake-off to test their baking skills as they battled to be designated the best amateur baker. Each week the programme bakers participated in three challenges in a particular discipline, with some being eliminated at the end of each episode. The rounds of the competition took place in various locations across the UK following a theme, for example, the episode on puddings took place in Bakewell, bread baking would take place near Sandwich.[1][2] This first series had a voiceover by Stephen Noonan; for the subsequent series this role was taken by the on-screen presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. The competition was won by Edd Kimber.[3][4][5]


Baker Age Occupation Hometown
Annetha Mills 30 Midwife Essex
David Chambers 31 Entrepreneur Milton Keynes
Edward "Edd" Kimber 24 Debt collector for Yorkshire Bank Bradford
Jasminder "Jas" Randhawa 45 Assistant Credit Control Manager Birmingham
Jonathan Shepherd 25 Research Analyst St Albans
Lea Harris 51 Retired Midlothian, Scotland
Louise Brimelow 44 Police Officer Manchester
Mark Whithers 48 Bus Driver South Wales
Miranda Gore Browne 37 Food buyer for Marks & Spencer Midhurst, West Sussex
Ruth Clemens 31 Retail manager/Housewife Poynton, Cheshire

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Baker 1 2 3 4 5 6
Ruth Runner-up
Miranda OUT
Jasminder OUT
David OUT
Jonathan OUT
Annetha OUT
Louise OUT
Mark OUT

Colour key:

  Baker got through to the next round.
  Baker was eliminated
  Baker was one of the judges' least favourite bakers that week, but was not eliminated.
  Baker was one of the judges' favourite bakers that week.
  Baker was the series runner-up.
  Baker was the series winner.


  Baker eliminated

Episode 1: Cakes[edit]

For the first challenge, the bakers were instructed to bake any cake they want using their creativity within three hours. It had to be evenly baked, evenly risen, and moist. For the technical challenge, the bakers were to make a Victoria Sandwich using Mary Berry's recipe. For the final challenge, the showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a Chocolate Celebration Cake, with perfect execution, original ideas and their own flair.


Baker Signature
(Victoria Sandwich)
(Chocolate Celebration Cake)
Annetha Light Jamaican Black Cake with Strawberries and Cream 2nd Red, White & Blue Chocolate Cake with Cigarellos, Fresh Fruit, and Cream
David Chocolate Orange Cake 3rd Black Forest Floor Gateau with Moulded Chocolate Leaves, Fallen Fruit and Chocolate Mushrooms Moulded from eggs
Edd Caramel Cinnamon and Banana Cake 1st UNKNOWN
Jasminder Fresh Mango and Passion Fruit Hummingbird Cake UNKNOWN
Jonathan Carrot Cake with Lime and Cream Cheese Icing 9th Three Tiered White and Dark Chocolate with Almond and Cherry
Lea Cranberry and Pistachio Cake
with Orange Flower Water Icing
10th Raspberries and Cream-filled Chocolate Cake
with Chocolate-dipped Fresh Fruit
Louise Carrot and Orange Cake Never Fail Chocolate Sponge Cake,
with Fresh Fruit, White & Chocolate Cigarello Border
Mark Sticky Marmalade Tea Loaf Heart-shaped Chocolate and Beetroot Cake with Store-bought silver chocolate hearts and chocolate red and white roses.
Miranda Triple Layered Brownie Meringue Cake with Raspberry Cream 8th Three Tiered Chocolate Fudge Cake
with Handmade Chocolate Button Decorations
Ruth Three Tiered Lemon Drizzle Cake
with Fresh Cream and freshly made Lemon Curd
Classic Chocolate Sponge wrapped in a Chocolate Collar topped with Handmade White and Dark Chocolate Truffles

Episode 2: Biscuits[edit]

For the signature bake, the bakers were asked to bake their Personality Biscuits within two hours. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to bake scones using Paul Hollywood's recipe within an hour. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake Petit Fours; Meringues, Choux Pastry, and Macarons, within four hours.

Scone Palace, Perthshire

Baker Signature
(Petit fours; Meringues, Choux Pastry and Macarons)
Annetha Rose Petal Shortbread 7th Pink Swirl Macarons / Eclairs
David Cheddar Cheese and Fresh Rosemary Biscuits 8th Choux Pastry Swans
Chocolate Profiteroles
Edd Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 6th Pink Macarons
Jasminder Millionaires' Shortbread 2nd Meringues with Chocolate and Space Dust
Coffee Flavoured Eclairs
Jonathan Honey and Candied Ginger Cookies 1st Meringues with Whiskey Cream and Chocolate
Louise Stained Glass Window Shortbread Biscuits 4th Strawberry, Mint, and Cream Meringue Baskets
Chocolate Eclairs / Orange, Yellow and Pink Macarons
Miranda Fresh Vanilla Biscuits with Royal Icing 3rd Pistachio Macarons
Ruth Peanut Shortbread with Salted Peanut Caramel 5th Almond Macaron with Violet Buttercream
Raspberries and Cream Eclairs

Episode 3: Bread[edit]

For their signature bake, the bakers were asked to bake their signature bread within 3+12 hours. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to bake a cob using Paul's recipe within 2+12 hours. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake 12 sweet rolls and 12 savoury rolls. They had to bake 3 flavours of savoury rolls and 3 flavors of sweet rolls. They had 6 hours.

Sarre Windmill, Kent

Baker Signature
(12 Sweet and 12 Savoury Rolls)
David Chilli Bread 4th Walnut and Seed Roll
Red Berry and Almond Bun
Tomato and Herb Rolls
Edd Olive Bread 1st Tomato and Mozzarella Rolls
Jasminder Focaccia with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Olive Oil 5th Mango and Sultana Buns
Pain au Chocolat with Mars Bars
Tutti Frutti Wheels with Jelly Tots
Tomato and Cheese Rolls
Jonathan Anchovy, Sweet Paprika and Oregano Bread 6th Sticky Lemon Honey Buns
Olive and Anchovy Rolls
Sun-Dried Tomato and Fresh Herb Rolls
Stilton, Walnut and Braeburn Apple Rolls
Cinnamon and Cardamom Chelsea Buns
Sultana Chelsea Buns with Icing
Miranda Walnut and Apricot Bread 3rd Lemon Iced Buns
Chocolate and Orange Buns
Cranberry Buns with Icing Sugar
Ruth Maple and Pecan Bread 2nd Chocolate and Orange Panettone
Cranberry Bagels

Episode 4: Puddings[edit]

For the first challenge, the bakers were asked to bake their own classic pudding, steamed or baked. They had 2+12 hours. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to bake 4 miniature lemon souffles using Mary's recipe within 40 minutes. The bakers started to bake at different time intervals. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake 3 puddings: crumble, bread, and suet, in 5 hours.

Bakewell, Derbyshire

Baker Signature
(Mini Hot Lemon Soufflés)
(3 Puddings; Crumble, Bread, and Suet)
David Pear and Walnut Pudding 5th Apple and Blackberry Crumble, Rhubarb and Orange Betty, Suet Crust-Wrapped Pear with Sultana Filling
Edd Apple and Plum Pudding with Rum Caramel Sauce 3rd Apple and Cinnamon Crumble, Nutella Banana Brioche Bread Pudding, Rhubarb and Strawberry Layered Suet Pudding
Jasminder Sticky Toffee Pudding with Tropical Fruit & Toffee Sauce 2nd Bread & Butter Pudding, Treacle Suet Pudding with Fresh Fruit, Apple and Pineapple Crumble
Miranda Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramelised Walnuts 1st Queen of Puddings, Chocolate Pear Roly Poly, Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble
Ruth Peach and Blueberry Boy Bait 4th Apple & Ginger Crumble, Rhubarb Suet Pudding, Cherry Queen of Puddings

Episode 5: Pastry[edit]

For the signature challenge, the bakers were asked to bake a savoury pie in 2+12 hours. For the technical challenge, the bakers were asked to bake 4 Cornish pasties in 1+12 hours. For the showstopper, the bakers were asked to bake 2 pastry platters; savory canapés and sweet tartlets, in 5 hours.

Mousehole, Cornwall

Baker Signature
(Savoury Pies)
(Cornish Pasties)
(Tarts and Canapés)
Edd Chicken, Ham, Leek and Tarragon Pie 2nd Almond Sweet Pastry with Ginger and Chocolate
Raspberry Tart / Yorkshire Curd Tart
Chickpea and Salami, Red and Yellow Pepper,
Asparagus Gruyere Quiche Canapés
Jasminder Chicken and Mushroom Pie 4th Jaggery, Carrot, and Spiced Condensed Milk Tart
Fruit and Custard Tart
Thai Chili Red Onion, Duck in Plum Sauce, Salmon and Prawn Canapés
Miranda Summery Salmon, Cod and Prawn Fish Pie 1st Chocolate Pastry filled with Orange Cheesecake
Chocolate Pastry filled with Milk Chocolate Ganache
Strawberry Tart with Red Currant Glaze
Cheesy Crab, Broad Bean and Tomato, Pancetta Risotto Canapés
Ruth Minced Beef Pie 3rd Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Tart
Creme Patisserie and Cherry Tart
Citrus Curd Tart with Creme Brulee Top
Tomato, Asparagus Twirl Canapés

Episode 6: Tea Party (Final)[edit]

In the final, a baker was eliminated after the first bake, and only two bakers competed in the final day. For the first challenge, the 3 finalists were asked to bake 24 professional tea cakes in 2+12 hours. For the final challenge, the 2 finalists were asked to bake 24 miniature tarts, 24 scones, 24 choux buns, and 24 finger sandwiches in 5 hours.

Fulham Palace, London

Baker Signature
(24 Professional Tea Cakes)
(Petit Fours)
Edd Cinnamon and Banana Tea Cakes Chocolate and Ginger Tarts
Lemon Scones with Passion Fruit Curd
Raspberry Choux Buns
Finger Sandwiches
Miranda Lemon Cupcakes Eliminated at signature
Ruth Mint, Ginger and Blackberry Tea Cakes Red Pepper and Cheese Quiche Tarts
Sultana Scones
Vanilla and Lemon Choux Buns
Finger Sandwiches

It took the judges nearly five hours to determine whom to eliminate, and had to look back at their performances over the series as a whole to make a decision. The idea of eliminating a contestant in the final was dropped from future series.

Post-show career[edit]

After winning the competition, Edd Kimber is able to make his living from baking.[6] He worked in the pastry kitchen at Raymond Blanc's restaurant Le Manoir. He has written three books on baking, The Boy Who Bakes, Say It With Cake,[7] and Patisserie Made Simple: From Macaron to Millefeuille and More. He has taught macaron making classes in London, run a pop-up bakery in Fortnum & Mason, and appeared as a 'resident baker' on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.[8]

Ruth Clemens has written a number of books on cake making and baking, including Busy Girls Guide to Cake Decorating, The Pink Whisk Guide to Cake Making, The Pink Whisk Guide to Baking and Creative Éclairs.[9][10]

Miranda Gore Browne wrote a book, Biscuit, published on 5 April 2012.[11] Her second book, Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can, was published in August 2014.[12]

Jonathan Shepherd left his job in the pharmaceutical company and launched a new business, The Pudding Stop, in St Albans.[13] It started as a portable street-food vendor and a supplier of puddings to restaurants.[14] Shepherd has since also opened a shop, also in St Albans.[15][16]

Mark Whithers, who was eliminated in Episode 1, died on 11 May 2013 after suffering from cancer.[17]

The Great British Wedding Cake[edit]

In this one-off special edition, the three finalists from series one (Edd, Ruth and Miranda) returned. Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry set them the challenge of making and baking two spectacular Wedding Cakes each in just sixteen hours, one being traditional and the other contemporary. Paul and Mary explore the history of the Great British Wedding Cake, looking at the dramatic changes through the eras; from the Tudors and the Victorians, wartime Britain and the eighties to the present day. Although Paul and Mary judged the results, no individual winner was declared.


Official episode viewing figures are from BARB.[18]

Airdate Viewers
weekly ranking
1 17 August 2010 (2010-08-17) 2.24 7
2 24 August 2010 (2010-08-24) 3.00 3
3 31 August 2010 (2010-08-31) 3.00 2
4 7 September 2010 (2010-09-07) 2.60 4
5 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14) 3.03 1
6 21 September 2010 (2010-09-21) 2.75 1


The Great British Wedding Cake
Airdate Viewers
weekly ranking
20 April 2011 (2011-04-20) 1.60 19


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