Most successful Bake Off stars – TV empire, millionaire and worrying shelf life

The Great British Bake Off has produced more than just soggy bottoms.

Across 11 fun-filled series, a host of amateur bakers have been plucked from obscurity and transformed into household names.

A number of stars have been catapulted to stardom, and it’s not just the winners, with many launching lucrative careers on TV and writing best-selling cookbooks.

While one winner has gone from baking in their kitchen for their kids to producing a cake for the Queen – and become a millionaire in the process.

The top 24 contestants of all time have starred in a grand total of 458 TV show episodes and could earn an estimated £13.8k from sponsored Instagram posts alone.

But they need to act fast as their fame does not last long, with Bake Off contestants having an average shelf life on telly of just two years.

The Queen of Bake Off is Nadiya Hussain.

The baking sensation tops the list as the most successful bake-off winner of all time with an empthatic score of 91 out of 100.

She has hosted three of her own cooking shows – The Chronicles of Nadiya, Nadiya’s British Food Adventure and Nadiya’s Family Favourites.

Nadita has a high TV score with appearances in over 115 TV shows, including as a guest presenter on Loose Women

In total, she has released seven cookbooks, in which Nadiya’s Kitchen (2016), Nadiya’s Family Favourites (2018) and Time to Eat (2019) reached bestseller status.

When she won in 2015 she made millions of viewers cry with her speech, where she said: “I’m never going to put boundaries on myself ever again.”

The mum-of-three said: “It’s mad, because I’m just this five-foot-one Muslim brown girl with three kids, who kind of … had a life before all of this.

“I never dreamed of doing anything other than that. I only ever baked because it helped with my anxiety.”

One of Nadiya’s biggest accolades to date was being selected to bake Queen Elizabeth’s birthday cake when the monarch turned 90 in April 2016.

*The Great British Bake Off final airs tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm

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