There’s more to Great British Bake Off 2014 winner Nancy Birtwhistle than meets the eye. Nancy is a self-taught home baker who only took up baking seriously when she retired from her full-time job as a practice manager for a GP’s surgery. And, like everything she turns her hand to, she became rather good at it.
Full of energy and brimming with ideas, Nancy is a force of nature and whether its growing her own fruit and veg to use in her recipes, rearing poultry (including the Christmas turkey), training her dog (who made it to Crufts) or doing a degree at age 40, she doesn't do things by halves.
Since winning Bake Off Nancy has discovered a whole new and engaged audience through social media. Starting in 2017 she decided to share a little of what she knows with her following in an interactive challenge called #365challenge. This included recipes, hints, tips and life hacks. She gathered quite a following including some Hollywood A-Listers and continues to go from strength-to-strength.
After the launch of her book Sizzle and Drizzle in 2019, she has turned her attention to greener and more eco-friendly house cleaning. In response to a demand from her followers, she's now made it her mission to ditch toxic and harmful products. Through her own research and looking back at traditional know-how she is developing cheaper, more accessible ways to clean the home.
All of these tips and tricks are featured in Nancy's second book Clean & Green which was published in January 2020 and is a Sunday Times best seller. It's back to the future for Nancy and her followers as they prove that greener living really is so simple and incredibly popular.
Due to the massive success and demand of Clean & Green Nancy now has a third book, Green Living Made Easy: 101 Eco Tips, Hacks and Recipes to Save Time and Money which was published in March 2022. It is the ultimate guide to reducing your environmental impact. Inside are tips and home hacks on everything from eco cleaning, upcycling and making the most out of your weekly shop to small-space gardening and creative crafts, plus a selection of Nancy's delicious recipes
Nancy is a natural teacher and can regularly be seen giving demonstrations as large-scale food events. She has appeared at The Good Food Show, The Cake and Bake Show and countless regional food festivals. She is an accomplished speaker who is comfortable telling her story to many audiences as diverse as the WI to a room of female banking staff. You can also see Nancy making regular appearances on BBC Morning Live giving her tips, hacks and recipes.