Steph Blackwell

Steph is a passionate baker and foodie from Chester. She started off as a contestant on The Great British Bake off in 2019, reaching the final of the competition.

Since Bake Off, Steph has pursued a career in food writing and recipe development. She is a columnist for Cheshire Life and author of The Joy of Baking. Her new book Bake Yourself Happy will be released in September 2022.

Besides baking, Steph is a sport enthusiast, health-seeker, and mental health advocate. Having faced her own challenges, she has been vocal in sharing her experiences with a view to helping others.

Following her father’s terminal cancer diagnosis, Steph ran the 2020 virtual London Marathon, raising £30,000 for Cancer Research UK.


The Joy of Baking: The Everyday Zen of Watching Bread Rise

Steph Blackwell

Discover the therapeutic power of baking in this warm and uplifting book, and embrace a world of floury calm with 25 mouth-watering recipes.

The Joy of Baking encourages you to become absorbed in the everyday magic of transforming a few simple ingredients into something utterly delicious. From the focus of baking sourdough to the quick-win of a cheesy biscuit, gut-friendly muffins to crowd-pleasing carrot cake, there is a recipe for every mood and every occasion.

Steph Blackwell took her own baking journey to the final of The Great British Bake Off, and having experienced the wellbeing benefits of baking first-hand, she is on a mission to share her passion with others and sprinkle a little baking joy in the world.

The Joy of Baking is a wonderful book: warm, engaging, non judgemental and completely accessible

— Ruby Tandoh