Great British Bake Off runner-up joins The Winchester Bakery

As another great UK bake-off winner is crowned tonight, last year’s runner-up looks forward to being part of a new venture in Winchester.

Dave Friday from Hampshire was involved in a very exciting finale of the popular baking show last year. In the meantime he is no longer an amateur, but a master baker.

The former security guard joined The Winchester Bakery in Winnall before the store on the High Street opens early next year.

Since leaving the Bake Off tent, Dave has spent the last year improving his skills. He’s been busy doing baking demonstrations at food festivals and on his hugely popular Instagram feed.

Founded in 2020 as a wholesale company, Winchester Bakery is headed by Head Baker Darren North, who has extensive experience in the baking industry.

Darren has worked with many leading bakeries including Bertinet Bakery in Bath. He is also known as the master of sourdough and Dave should look forward to learning from him.

The success of wholesale inspired the team to open their first retail store. Customers can expect a selection of bread, pastries and cakes to take away or in the café on the upper floor.

Dave said: “I am very excited to start my professional baking career with the team at The Winchester Bakery. I look forward to expanding my technical knowledge and creating some new showstoppers that Winchester will love. ”

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