In the Great British Bake Off, fervent amateur baking enthusiasts fight to be named the UK’s Best Amateur Baker in the ultimate baking competition. The series follows the difficulties and tribulations of the competitors—young and old—from every background and region of Britain as they strive to demonstrate their baking prowess throughout ten hour-long episodes. The bakers must master progressively more challenging baking techniques as the competition progresses.
So we wanted to rank the seasons of this show from best to worst.
1. The Great British Bake Off Season 1
Of course, the start of the series is at the top of our list. Ten amateur bakers competed in a bake-off as part of The Great British Bake Off’s first season to be named the competition’s top amateur baker. On each week of the nationwide tour, the bakers faced three tests in a specific area. The rounds were conducted at various sites throughout the UK, with the final round at London’s Fulham Palace.
Ruth Clemens, Miranda Gore Browne, and Edd Kimber were the three victors. On September 21, 2010, Kimber was named the top home baker.
2. The Great British Bake Off Season 2
In the second place, we come across the 2nd season as the best. For the 2nd season, there were twelve amateur baker competitors. The Great British Bake Off, unlike Series 1, stayed in one site this year—Valentines Mansion, a 17th-century mansion in Redbridge, London. The three finals were Joanne Wheatley, the contestant who prevailed, and Holly Bell and Mary-Anne Boermans.
3. The Great British Bake Off Season 3
The Great British Bake Off’s third season premiered on August 14, 2012. The show was filmed in East Harptree, Somerset, at Harptree Court. Brendan Lynch, James Morton, and John Whaite competed in the final, with the latter winning it unexpectedly. The 3rd season of the show was aired in the US as season 5 on PBS and as The Great British Baking Show: The Beginnings on Netflix.
4. The Great British Bake Off Season 4
The Great British Bake Off’s 4th season premiered on BBC Two on August 20, 2013. The series was once more recorded at Harptree Court in East Harptree, Somerset. Frances Quinn won the final, with Ruby Tandoh and Kimberley Wilson coming in second and third, respectively.
The 4th season of the US series was broadcast on PBS as season 2 and as Collection 2 on Netflix.
5. The Great British Bake Off Season 5
The Great British Bake Off’s 5th season premiered on BBC One on August 6, 2014. Twelve bakers participated in this series, recorded in Welford Park in Berkshire. Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc remained the show’s hosts, and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned as judges. Richard Burr received the most star baker designations of any series to date, but Nancy Birtwhistle won the competition.
In the same year, a sister program called The Great British Bake Off An Extra Slice, hosted by comedian Jo Brand on BBC Two, debuted. Initially, each episode would air two days after the main program, but that would change to the same night.
6. The Great British Bake Off Season 6
The 6th season premiered on BBC One on August 5th, 2015, once more from Welford Park in Berkshire. Jo Brand hosted the spin-off program The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice for a second season. Nadiya Hussain won this series, finishing ahead of Ian Cumming and Tamal Ray in second place. On PBS and Netflix in the US, the series’ sixth season was aired as Collection 3.
7. The Great British Bake Off Season 7
Following the BBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games, the 7th season premiered on BBC One on August 24, 2016, once again from Welford Park in Berkshire. This was a later start than usual. Candice Brown won this series, with Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth coming in second and third, respectively.
8. The Great British Bake Off Season 8
On August 29, 2017, the 8th season of The Great British Bake Off debuted on Channel 4. This is the first season after the show’s transfer from the BBC to Channel 4. Along with returning judge Paul Hollywood and new hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, the show also features Prue Leith, a new judge. Sophie Faldo took first place in this series, with Kate Lyon and Steven Carter-Bailey placing second and third, respectively.
9. The Great British Bake Off Season 9
On August 28, 2018, The Great British Bake Off’s 9th season debuted on television. Rahul Mandal, a researcher at Sheffield University from Rotherham, was named The Great British Bake Off’s 2018 champion on October 30, 2018. The runner-ups were Kim-Joy Hewlett and Ruby Bhogal.
10. The Great British Bake Off Season 10
The Great British Bake Off’s 10th season premiered on August 27, 2019, and on October 29, 2019, David Atherton was named the competition’s victor, making him the first champion never to have won Star Baker. The runners-up were Steph Blackwell and Alice Fevronia.
11. The Great British Bake Off Season 11
On September 22, 2020, The Great British Bake Off’s 11th season premiere. Instead of the previous 75 minutes, the first three episodes lasted 90 minutes. Matt Lucas took over from Sandi Toksvig as host. Peter Sawkins won the series, with Dave Friday and Laura Adlington coming in second and third.
12. The Great British Bake Off Season 12
On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, the 12th season premiere. Three days after the UK air date, the 9th collection of the 12th series was made available on Netflix. Giuseppe Dell’Anno, the first Italian to win the competition, was named the champion on November 23, 2021. The runner-ups were Crystelle Pereira and Chigs Parmar.
Bonus: The Great British Bake Off Season 13
Since we haven’t watched all the episodes yet, we couldn’t decide about the 13 seasons. On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, Channel 4 began showing the 13th season of The Great British Bake Off. Three days following the UK air date, The 13th series will be released on Netflix each week.
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