Bake Off 2019 winner David Atherton: What the Yorkshire lad does outside of GBBO

Tonight saw Yorkshire lad David Atherton crowned the champ in the Great British Bake Off tent, beating off some stiff competition from runners-up Alice Fevronia and Steph Blackwell in the finale.

But who is the latest Bake Off winner David, and what does he do when he's not rustling up show-stopping cakes in the famous tent?

The 36-year-old baker was brought up in Yorkshire but is now based in London, where he is a health adviser.

David's mum inspired him to venture into baking and he expanded his culinary skills during a trip to Malawi as part of his health adviser job.

Earlier in his life, David studied art and design and eventually switched over to nursing.

When he isn't travelling for his work, his hobbies include things such as cycling and ceramics.

  • Ann Summers celebrates GBBO finale with very kinky tantric sex position

  • Bake Off's Steph Blackwell 'to be crowned GBBO champion' in finale twist

While over in Malawi, David learned how to build an oven out of an oil drum and created a cake that could be steamed over a village fire.

While impressing the GBBO judges in the finale, his speciality is making bread, preferring strong flavours and solid bakes over brightly coloured icing and decoration.

David was a controversial choice for first place, as he hadn't won Star Baker once going into the finale and had odds of just 4/1 to win.

Meanwhile, Steph was the odds-on favourite to win at 4/5, according to Ladbrokes, after winning Star Baker a whopping four times.

And Alice was the second favourite, with two Star Baker wins under her belt and odds of 3/1.

  • Bake Off's Rosie Brandreth-Poynter opens up on 'regrets' after being axed from show

  • Bake Off fans distracted by mysterious dog wandering around background of tent

Speaking of getting accepted into the Bake Off line-up, David said: "It was such a mixture of emotions.

"Then I thought, 'This is really crazy, am I good enough, will I have enough time to practise?'"

He went on: "In the first week, you feel like royalty walking into the tent, you have a runner looking after you, bringing you drinks.

"It's very different to ordinary life, and a fantastic experience."

Some of David's best creations have included a wedding spray sculpture cake and he won week eight's Moroccan pie technical challenge.

  • Noel Fielding sends fans into hysterics with hilarious GBBO pic ahead of baker exit

  • Kelly Brook set to get her buns out on Celebrity Bake Off's next series

After winning the title, David goes home with a bunch of flowers and a trophy – the coveted glass cake stand – but no cash prize.

Bake Off winners never get a lump some of money, but many go down a media-friendly route following their time on the show which allows them to cash in on their new found fame.

For example, 2016 winner Candice Brown has regular appearances on This Morning, competed on Dancing On Ice and has releaseda cook book called Comfort: delicious bakes and family treats.

In 2015, Nadiya Hussain was the baking queen and she shot to stardom afterwards, with a number of her own TV series to her name, as well as a selection of cookery books and novels.

  • Great British Bake Off

Source: Read Full Article