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
Ruby Tandoh

(1992-07-04) 4 July 1992
OccupationTelevision personality, baker, newspaper columnist, author, model
Years active2013–present
EmployerBBC / ITV
TelevisionThe Great British Bake Off

Early life

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

Tandoh studied philosophy at university.[4]

Television career

The Great British Bake Off

Writing career

She has written three books: Crumb: The Baking Book (2014), Flavour: Eat What You Love (2016)[5] and Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want (2018). She was a writer for The Guardian,[6] but announced in June 2018 that she would stop, citing the "elitist" nature of the industry.[7] By March the following year she was again writing occasional articles for the paper. [8]

Along with her wife, 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.[9]

Personal life

Tandoh lives with her wife, Leah Pritchard, in Sheffield, where they married in a low-key ceremony on 31 August 2018.[10]

Tandoh has spoken out about her struggles with eating disorders, criticising the bodyshaming common in "wellness" culture and advocating a healthier, more positive approach to food writing.[11] She was voted the Great British Bake Off's favourite past contestant by the Radio Times audience in 2016.[12]


  • Crumb: The Baking Book (September 2014), ISBN 0701189312
  • Flavour: Eat What You Love (July 2016), ISBN 0701189320
  • Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want (2018), ISBN 1781259593


  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. "My perfect weekend: Ruby Tandoh, Great British Bake Off finalist", The Telegraph, 4 November 2013.
  4. Tandoh, Ruby (9 May 2019). "In Praise of Food Dad, Nigel Slater". Vice. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. Rao, Tejal (3 January 2017). "Ruby Tandoh Just Wants You to Eat What You Love". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. "Ruby Tandoh". The Guardian.
  7. Coghlan, Adam (7 June 2018). "Food Writer Ruby Tandoh Announces She's Leaving the Guardian". Eater London. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. Tandoh, Ruby (29 March 2019). "Pinch of Nom suddenly makes Delia and Heston look a little stale". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  9. "Do What You Want".
  10. "Bake Off star Ruby Tandoh marries girlfriend Leah Pritchard five years after being accused of flirting with Paul Hollywood on show". The Sun. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  11. Haynes, Suyin (16 October 2016). "gal-dem in conversation with Ruby Tandoh". gal-dem.
  12. "Ruby Tandoh is your favourite ever Great British Bake Off contestant". Radio Times. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
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