Follow the Great British Bake Off 2014 contestants on Twitter

Ten out of twelve bakers are tweeting - so who looks like a champion, based purely on their social media?

Follow the Great British Bake Off 2014 contestants on Twitter
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It's a week since the Bake Off contestants were allowed to announce themselves, including on Twitter. Naturally they've been tweeting about that, but what were they like before? And whose tweets look like the microblog of a champion? Follow them all below...

MARTHA @marthacollison

Bio: "I only have friends because I make good cake."

Followers: 450

Before Bake Off: A/S level exam revision, charming photos of family outings, some baking

Now: Bake Off

Winner? Surely a 17-year-old can't win the whole thing? If she has got the chops, you can't tell online – but the viewers will love her.

NANCY @nancybbakes

Bio: "Home baker, home veg grower, turkey grower and chicken rescuer!"

Followers: 194

Before Bake Off: not on Twitter

Now: Plenty of GBBO but mostly updates on the fruits of her vegetable patch. And indeed the veg.

Winner? Potentially. Although actually pickling beetroot is unlikely to be helpful inside the tent, we're liking the breadth of food knowledge.

CHETNA @chetnamakan

Bio: "full time mum, creative baker, passionate cook, lost designer"

Followers: 124

Before Bake Off: Some baking. Mainly photos of Broadstairs.

Now: Bake Off. Some general chat. Mostly RTs.

Winner? Could be. The photos of stuff she's baked look delicious. That can't hurt.

NORMAN @normcalder

Bio: "Manipulate yeast - beer, bread & wine. Do slab handbuilt pottery.... Accompany Lucy the Mini-Schnauzer on walks."

Followers: 107

Before Bake Off: Norman is in his 60s and lives by the sea in north-east Scotland. He wasn't on Twitter before Bake Off, amazingly.

Now: Pix of his nightly bakes.

Winner? Based on those photos, hell yeah.

RICHARD @RichardPBurr

Bio: "Builder, baker (rubbish at candlestick making)"

Followers: 187

Before Bake Off: Retweets of people like Caitlin Moran, Jeremy Vine, Adam Hess, Radio Times and Viz. The man's got taste. We like him. Almost never tweets directly though.

Now: Pretty much the same. 

Winner? Absolutely no clue. 


Bio: "Family man. Baking man. Cooking man. Sporty man. Reading man."

Followers: 170

Before Bake Off: Sporadic. Big BBC man, sticking up for the Corporation and regularly interacting with its programmes.

Now: Still fairly quiet.

Winner? Looks like he might be a bread specialist.

LUIS @luistroyano

Bio: "Baking and eating as many Bakewell Tarts as possible."

Followers: 237

Before Bake Off: Fairly solidly baking-centred. His World Cup final formations prediction, rendered in macarons, was a highlight.

Now: All GBBO, all the time. Retweeting other contestants and replying to fans like a pro.

Winner? Could be. Honey specialist and he can do focaccia with red onions, we know that.

JORDAN @LaPetitLion

Bio: "Geek, Cosplayer, Baker"

Followers: 258

Before Bake Off: Chat, IT, some light politics, and lots of stuff about Cake Eaters Anon, a Nottingham baking circle.

Now: Baking, his own and that of GBBO contestants past and present. He also enjoyed Secret Cinema last week.

Winner? Hmmm. Might be too much of a social baker rather than a trophy-winning expert.

IAIN @iain_watters

Bio: "A builder and baker who likes to travel"

Followers: 231

Before Bake Off: Not much, he only started last month. Food, mainly.

Now: Baking, Bake Off. 

Winner? Has dark horse written all over him. What we can see looks delicious.

CLAIRE @bake_therapist

Bio: "Baking, caking, wife-ing, therape-ing, camping, cooking, eating, loving"

Followers: 271

Before Bake Off: Bake Off, chat, TV (inc Doctor Who), memes, plus stuff about mental health issues (she's a speech and language therapist who works with adults and children with developmental disabilities and people with autism spectrum conditions).

Now: Hugely and quite rightly excited to be on the show. 

Winner? Probably not a finalist but will be a great contestant.


Was on Twitter but hardly tweeted and now seems to have deleted/suspended her account.


Not on Twitter.

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