The Great British Bake Off contestants 2021: What happened to this year's GBBO bakers?

TV's favourite baking show is over for another year, but do you remember this year's bakers? Discover more about the class of 2021 and how they got on in the show.

By Becky Gamester-Newton Published: 24 November 2021 - 1.01pm
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On your marks, get set, bake!

The tent is down, the ovens are off and this year's bakers are finally back with their families after another brilliant series.

Discover who was in this year’s Great British Bake Off cast and how they got on.

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Great British Bake Off 2021 contestants

Amanda - left in week six

Amanda in The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Amanda is a 56-year-old detective in the Metropolitan Police.

Raised in London with Greek-Cypriot heritage, she baked with her mum as a child and learned about Greek baking from her paternal aunt.

She loves painting directly on her cakes to give them a feminine aesthetic, inspired by her two daughters.

After the showstopper challenge during Pastry Week resulted in her downfall, Amanda said: "I mean, you've got to go at some time. I came here to have a good time."

Chigs - Finalist

Chigs in The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Chigs, 40, is a sales manager from Leicestershire.

He only took up baking at the start of lockdown in 2020, teaching himself complex techniques using online videos.

He relishes thrill-seeking activities such as bouldering, skydiving and trekking, and loves spending time with his nephews.

Chigs was named Star Baker twice but admitted his relative inexperience was a concern throughout.

“The fact that I was the least experienced baker played on my mind a lot during this time," he said after reaching the 2021 final.

“I just had to have a word with myself and remind myself that I am here and what an amazing journey it has been.

“I’m a lockdown baker in the GBBO final!”

Crystelle - Finalist

Crystelle in The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Crystelle is a 26-year-old client relationship manager from London.

She’s quadrilingual and was born in the capital to Kenyan-born, Portuguese-Goan parents – a heritage which influences her baking flavours.

She began baking three years ago and loves infusing spices from the places she’s visited into her bakes.

Crystelle looked set to lift the cake stand after picking up her second Star Baker in the semi-final. In the final she won the technical challenge with her Belgian buns - the first time she'd won the blind test - but after serving up raw foccacia as part of her Mad Hatter's showstopper had to concede defeat to Giuseppe.

“Obviously I focus on the negatives, but that was a big fat negative in there. I’m just baffled, how the hell did that happen to my foccacia?” Crystelle asked, before congratulating the winner.

"I am so happy for Giuseppe, I’m getting emotional," she said.

“He’s an incredible guy, so genuine, he’s an incredible baker, his family are going to be so proud of him.”

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Freya - left in week five

Freya in The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Freya is a student from North Yorkshire.

The 19-year-old lives with her parents while she studies for her psychology degree so she can care for her horse, Winnie.

She started making plant-based bakes for her dad last year and her goal is to bake so that no-one can tell the results are vegan.

After her exit, she said: "Genuinely, I think it’s the best experience of my life.

"I do feel really proud just to keep up. To get to week [five] and being vegan, I’ve achieved what I set out to do."

George - left in week seven

George in The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

George is 34 and a shared lives co-ordinator from London.

He grew up in a Greek-Cypriot family and his mum taught him to bake – a legacy he’s passing on to his three children.

His flavours often include home-grown herbs and he loves all the Greek classics.

George left the show after a tough Caramel Week.

He wrote a letter - published on social media - to his fans following his elimination.

"As sad as I am to be leaving the tent of dreams, I have made some memories that will be in my heart forever.

"I am so grateful to have been part of something so special and also be lucky enough to leave this experience with lifelong friends."

Giuseppe - GBBO 2021 winner

Giuseppe in The Great British Bake Off

Chief engineer Giuseppe, 45, is originally from Italy and now lives in Bristol with his wife and three young sons.

His father was a professional chef, and Giuseppe loves to use Italian flavours in his bakes – while bringing his engineer’s precision to the results.

When he’s not baking, Giuseppe loves design, architecture and gardening.

Giuseppe, who was named Star Baker twice, was crowned 2021 Bake Off champion after a tense finale in which he, Chigs and Crystelle were asked to bake a carrot cake and Belgian buns before creating one last showstopper based on the Mad Hatter's Tea Party consisting of both sweet and savoury bakes.

"There are no words, I am speechless for once. All I can think of is the reaction from my mum and dad," said Giuseppe when he was announced as the winner.

"The fact is that everything I have done to deserve this comes from (dad's) heritage, it's the best thank you note I can possibly send him."

Jairzeno - left in week two

Jairzeno in The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Jairzeno, 51, is a head of finance from London.

He moved to the UK from Trinidad & Tobago 15 years ago and loves using lots of Caribbean spices. He also obsesses over flavour combinations, with guava and chocolate a firm favourite.

Away from baking, he loves to run and ran the London Marathon in 2012.

After leaving the show, Jairzeno reflected: "In the first challenge I really did run out of time and I was rushing around, although I finished it didn’t have my usual presentation.  In the technical I overbeat the mixture and that didn’t go in my favour.  The mast on my boat fell down in the Showstopper and I lost a sail so it didn’t look as great at the end as all the other Bakers. 

"I kind of knew there and then it was time to go.  In the future I will make biscuits that don’t involve engineering!"

Jürgen - left in week nine

Jürgen from The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Jürgen is an IT professional from Sussex.

The 56-year-old is originally from the Black Forest in Germany and moved to the UK in 2003. When he couldn’t find traditional German bread in his adopted home he decided to bake his own – and his passion for baking has grown ever since.

He is known for his Jewish challah bread and celebration cakes, and enjoys using calculations to ensure the utmost precision and perfect results.

Jürgen was named Star Baker three times but narrowly missed out on a place in the final - a result which prompted 115 viewers to complain to TV watchdog Ofcom.

After his elimination, Jürgen wrote an exit letter to fans of the show. 

"Who wants to fly to the moon if you can be on Bake Off? It was such a fantastic ride!" he wrote.

"Preparing all the recipes gave me confidence to experiment with flavours in sweet baking, to an extent I’ve never done before."

Lizzie - left in week eight

Lizzie in The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Lizzie is a car production operative from Liverpool. The 28-year-old and her partner live with their dog, Prudence, in her parents’ garden.

She prefers simple presentation and believes in flavour and quantity over precision, and her baking comfort zone is cake.

She likes dancing the samba and developed a fascination with serial killers when she studied for her degree in criminology.

Maggie - left in week four

Maggie in The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Maggie, 70, is a retired nurse and midwife from Dorset.

She grew up surrounded by family who cooked and baked, and her favourite thing to bake is bread.

She loves canoeing, kayaking and sailing, and adores her great nieces and nephews.

Maggie left the tent after a double disaster in Dessert Week. First she forgot to put flour in her sticky toffee pudding so it literally failed to rise to the judges' challenge. 

Then she took her showstopping Joconde sponge out of the oven too soon so that it collapsed in front of Paul and Prue, its strawberry filling oozing out over the table.

"The whole thing has been such fun really, and just to have been part of it has been such a joy," she said.

"Nothing can beat delivering a baby and bringing a new life into the world, but it comes a pretty close second."

Rochica - left in week three

Rochica in The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Rochica is a 27-year-old junior HR business partner from Birmingham.

She has a big Jamaican family and bakes in a way to reflect her Caribbean heritage – she feels proud when her nan and aunties say her cakes remind them of the treats they grew up with.

She was a dancer from the age of two and developed a love of baking when an injury forced her to quit.

She said after leaving the show: "My worst moment was when Paul said my bread showstopper looked like 1.5 hours work instead of four hours!"

Tom – left in week one

Tom in The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Tom is a software developer from Kent.

He was the only boy in his primary school baking club but only discovered his true passion for baking four years ago.

The 28-year-old now bakes several times a week, with his mum describing him as the “midnight baker” – before he moved out of the family home, she would often wake up to a sweet treat and a pile of washing up.

Tom likes to take the foundations of a recipe and make it his own, creating bakes that are fun and follow a theme.

Tom was the first baker to leave the tent this series.

He said: “I know it’s hard to go out first and it was short and sweet, but it truly was an experience that I won’t forget.  I feel I have learned so much from it and it has made me a better baker and maybe a bit more confident and willing to try new adventures.”

The Great British Bake Off airs on Channel 4 on Tuesdays at 8pm.