Jo Wheatley is a food writer and TV baker who rose to fame as the winner of the second series of BBC’s The Great British Bake Off.
Since winning, Jo has set up a cookery school from her home in Essex which was listed in The Guardian’s Top Five UK Baking Schools. In August 2015 she was voted 2nd in a poll of Radio Times readers’ favourite ever Great British Bake Off contestants.
Jo also writes a successful blog, 'Jo's Blue AGA'
, achieving 60,000 hits per month, and she interacts daily with her loyal fan base which includes 25K+ Twitter followers, 43K+ Facebook page likes, 16k+ Instagram followers, and over 5 million views to her Google+ page.
Jo was a recipe columnist for Sainsbury’s magazine January 2013 - June 2014 and is a frequent contributor to various publications including The Sun, The Mirror, BBC Good Food Magazine, and Hello magazine.
Her first book, 'A Passion for Baking', was published in May 2012 and debuted at No.2 in the hardback non-fiction chart. Her second book, 'Home Baking', was published by Constable and Robinson in July 2014.
On television, Jo has given Jay Rayner a mini lesson on the art of scone making for The One Show (BBC1), performed a cookie masterclass on the Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV), had a week-long guest appearance on Channel 4’s What’s Cooking?, and showcased her talent for creative party food with a Halloween themed cookery feature on ITV’s This Morning.
Jo is regularly in demand for live food events across the UK, hosting the ‘Interview Stage’ and demonstrating her recipes at BBC Good Food Show. She is a regular star baker at The Cake and Bake Show, and Ideal Home Show, as well as many regional food festivals.
She has worked with brands including Neff, N-Power, and Dr Oetker, and stars in a campaign for Philadelphia in 2016. Since 2013, Jo has been the annual star judge for the Big School Bake Off competition supported by Unilever Stork in association with LACA (Lead Association for CAtering in education), and also began working with Stork in the care-home sector in 2016.
When not baking, Jo loves spending time with her family and walking her dogs in the countryside around her home in Essex.