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Ruby Tandoh

Ruby Alice Tandoh (born 4 July 1992)[1] is a British baker, columnist, author and former model.[2] She rose to fame after becoming a runner-up on series four of BBC's The Great British Bake Off in 2013.

Ruby Tandoh
Born Ruby Tandoh
(1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 25)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Nationality British
Occupation Television personality, baker, newspaper columnist, author, model
Years active 2013–present
Employer BBC / ITV
Television The Great British Bake Off


Early lifeEdit

Tandoh's grandfather is from Ghana.[3] She grew up in Southend-on-Sea.[3]

Television careerEdit

The Great British Bake OffEdit

Writing careerEdit

She has written three books: Crumb: The Baking Book; Flavour: Eat What You Love[4] and Eat Up. She was a writer for The Guardian,[5] but announced in June 2018 that she would stop, citing the 'elitist' nature of the industry.[6]

Along with her partner, Leah Pritchard, Tandoh co-founded Do What You Want, a zine about mental health. All profits from the zine go to charities and non-profits.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Tandoh lives in Sheffield with her partner, Leah Pritchard. She has spoken out about her struggles with eating disorders, criticising the bodyshaming common in 'wellness' culture and advocating for a healthier, more positive approach to food writing.[8] She was voted the Great British Bake Off's favourite past contestant by the RadioTimes audience in 2016.[9]



  1. ^ "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, (FamilySearch: 1 October 2014), Ruby Alice Tandoh, Jul 1992; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Southend On Sea, Essex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. ^ "Ruby Tandoh: Why so much 'vitriol and misogyny'?". The Week. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ Rao, Tejal (3 January 2017). "Ruby Tandoh Just Wants You to Eat What You Love". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Ruby Tandoh". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ Coghlan, Adam (7 June 2018). "Food Writer Ruby Tandoh Announces She's Leaving the Guardian". Eater London. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "Do What You Want". 
  8. ^ "gal-dem in conversation with Ruby Tandoh - gal-dem". 16 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ruby Tandoh is your favourite ever Great British Bake Off contestant". RadioTimes. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 

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