Former 'Great British Bake Off' Winner John Whaite Blasted By Ex-Contestants Over Bin-Gate Tweet

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‘Great British Bake Off’ winner John Whaite was branded a “twat” and a “bell end” by a fellow former contestants, after a joke about the show’s  infamous bin-gate appeared on his Twitter. 

A picture of baker Diana Beard, who fans remember was responsible for taking Iain Watters’s Baked Alaska out of the freezer during the (b)incident, was posted on his account, along with the caption: “If you can’t be nice, be naaaasty.”

This tweet appeared on John Whaite's Twitter account (Photo: Twitter)

Iain, who defended Diana amid the backlash she received over the incident in 2014, hit back on Twitter: “Not cool you twat. Not sure what goes through your head, that you think this is the right thing to post.”

Series five winner, Nancy Birtwhistle, who appeared on the show alongside Diana and Iain, also spoke up for Diana.

She tweeted: “My grandmother always instilled in me. ‘If you can’t say anything nice then you shouldn’t say anything at all’. #wisewords.”

Many other former ‘Bake Off’ stars also replied to John, including Diana and Ian’s series pal Luis Troyano, and series six bakers Richard Bur and Sandy Docherty. 

Luis tweeted: “Not great John to be honest. Diana has had a torrid time and the last thing she needs is this dragging up again.”

’“Why?” Sandy wrote.

Richard fired back: “Piss off you [bell end].”

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However, John has since said he did not post the offending tweet, claiming a friend has stolen his iPad, which was still logged into his social accounts. 

“The three highly offensive tweets from this morning were NOT from me, John Whaite. I apologise profusely for the offence caused,” he wrote. 

“iPad given to mate, didn’t log out of socials..” he said. 

He added he was “fuming” over the incident, agreeing with one follower that they were an “ex-mate now”. 


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Edd Kimber (winner, 2010)

Fresh from being crowned the winner of the first ever ‘Bake Off’, Ed quit his day job as a debt collector for Yorkshire Bank (which he hated) to follow his baking dream with a job in Raymond Blanc’s restaurant Le Manoir as a pastry chef (what else?). He’s gone on to carve himself a career as a food writer with articles appearing in BBC Good Food magazine and on his blog In 2011 he published his first cookbook, ran a pop-up bakery in Fortnum & Mason and is also the resident baker on ‘The Alan Titchmarsh Show’. “Bake Off changed [my life] in the most amazing way. It allowed me to follow my passion and fulfil my dreams in a way I never imagined,” he said recently.

Jo Wheatley (winner, 2011)

After winning the second series of ‘Bake Off’, Jo started her own cooking school. Based at her home in Essex, Jo teaches classes on home-baking such as bread making and cupcake decorating. She has also published two cookbooks, ‘A Passion For Cooking’ and ‘Home Baking’ and is a regular food columnist for The Sun and Sainsbury’s Magazine.

John Whaite (winner, 2012)

John hasn’t stopped working since winning series three. As well as publishing two cookbooks, ‘John Whaites Bakes’ and John Whaites Bakes At Home’, he earned a patisserie diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, launched his own online chocolate shop The Hungry Dog Artisan Chocolates and is set to launch his own cookery school, John Whaite’s Kitchen. On top of all that he’s also the resident baker on Lorraine Kelly’s ITV morning show. Phew!

Frances Quinn (winner, 2013)

Frances, who won the fourth series in 2013, is best remembered for her highly creative designs and has gone on to share her skills at shows and festivals around the UK. Many of her recipes have also appeared in newspapers and magazines and she’s also popped up on many TV and radio shows. Her first book ‘Quinntessential Baking’ is set to be published on 27 August and promises to be "a treasure trove of inspirational ideas to bring a spark of creativity and a teaspoon of wonder into your kitchen."

Nancy Birtwhistle (winner, 2014)

Former GP surgery manager Nancy, who was crowned champion at the end of last year’s series, has gone on to launch her own baking website where she shares receipes with fans. The 60-year-old is also in demand for everything from cookery demonstrations to after-dinner speaking and is currently writing an encyclopedia of baking.

Mary-Anne Boermans (2011)

Mary-Anne was pipped to the post in the 2011 final but has gone on to launch her own blog and is about to opublish her very first book ‘Great British Cakes’ which has already had mary berry’s seal of approval, saying it was ‘brilliantly researched from a true foodie’.

James Morton (2012)

After coming second on the third series, Glaswegian James has amassed a huge fanbase thanks to his baking blog and regular column in the Sunday Mail newspaper. He’s also had two books published, the first of which, ‘Brilliant Bread’, won the Guild of Food Writers award for Best Cookbook in 2014. Earlier this year he beat Michel Roux Jr to win Radio Times Food Champion but despite his baking success he is still studying to become a doctor at the University of Glasgow.

Ruby Tandoh (2013)

She might not have won the 2013 series but Ruby has just been voted Bake Off’s favourite ever contestant by readers of Radio Times. Since appearing on the show, Ruby has written a book called ‘Crumb’ and recorded her own documentary for Radio 4. She also has her own blog and writes a weekly recipe column for The Guardian. In April this year she announced she was gay on Twitter and also hit back at the trolls who suggested there was chemistry between her and judge Paul Hollywood. She tweeted: “For those who thought I fancied Paul Hollywood or that I'd ever bang him to get ahead - JOKE'S ON YOU, YOU MASSIVE SHITTING MISOGYNISTS.”

Howard Middleton (2013)

Howard proved to be an instant hit with ‘Bake Off’ viewers when he appeared on the 2013 series. The council worker, who provided some of the most memorable moments (remember custard-gate? Or the missing trifle?), is set to publish his first book ‘Delicious Gluten-Free Baking’ in September. Speaking about his time on the show recently, he said: “My greatest memory is having met such a wonderful bunch of people and it is one of those things that continues. It exists outside of that and that is a pleasure really.”

Martha Collison (2014)

At just 17 years old, Martha was the youngest ever contestant to appear on ‘Bake Off’, but despite her years, she went on to reach the quarter finals. So it’s no surprise that since appearing on the show, Martha has not only launched her own successful baking blog but has also landed herself a column in the Waitrose Weekend newspaper, alongside the likes of Pippa Middleton, Clare Balding, and Mariella Frostrup. On top of this, she spent her half-term break in Cambodia as an ambassador for the Tearfund charity where she visited victims of child trafficking and held baking workshops with them.

Richard Burr (2014)

Richard was an early favourite to win last year’s ‘Bake Off’ but despite not walking away with the title he’s gone on to enjoy success outside of his building business. As well as his popular blog,, he regularly appears at food festivals around the country and has just published his first book, ‘B.I.Y. Bake It Yourself’ (see what they did there?).

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