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Edd Kimber

It’s been almost seven years now since Kimber won the first Great British Bake Off (the first two seasons still aren’t available in the U.S., so we might as well call it by its original name), and he’s been busy. After a brief stint at the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Manoir, Kimber began touring and teaching classes worldwide. True to his working class roots — he was a debt collector before he became known as a baker — he favors simple recipes and finds inspiration in places like Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar in New York, “where they flavour their milk with cereals like cornflakes and fruit loops,” he told the Telegraph. He’s written three books, the first named after his blog, The Boy Who Bakes. He also has Say It With Cake and Patisserie Made Simple.

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‘The Great British Baking Show’: Where Are the Past Winners Now?

The Great British Baking Show has risen from cult status to legitimate hit in the US over the past year, but it’s been a staple of British TV since nearly its inception in 2010. There have been six winners — including two from seasons that never made it stateside and not including the most recent season’s champion (which we’re not about to reveal here) — and all of them have graduated from amateur bakers to pros in their own right.

Most of them have books, but many of their exploits are limited to the eyes and ears of Brits only (though many of their shows are available somewhat less than legally on YouTube). Maybe this will be the year that we start seeing the bakers outside of the tent on American shores?

Season 4 of The Great British Baking Show premieres on Friday, June 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS.