Bristol student wins Great British Bacon Off

Danepak, the Danish bacon brand, has created a spoof of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off, called the Great British Bacon Off, and this week, bacon sandwich connoisseur Sophie Armitage was crowned the winner with her delicious creation aptly dubbed “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

Artmitage streaked to victory with her take on the simple bacon sandwich, a British favourite for breakfast and beyond. But bacon purists might be surprised at some of the ingredients.

Her masterpiece featured apples, cinnamon, vanilla French toast and maple syrup and seriously impressed the judges, who included previous Great British Bake Off runner-up Holly Bell.

The finalists of the national competition had to create a classic bacon butty in the ‘signature round’ before creating a unique showstopper sandwich with up to £20-worth of ingredients.

The competition, a spin-off from the Great British Bake Off, took place in central London on Monday October 12th.

Sophie, a philosophy student who is currently studying at Bristol University, said: “For my showstopper I was inspired by apple pie. We’re heading into autumn and I thought it would be a good bacon sandwich for the season.

“I grew up in Boston, USA, so I was inspired by all the flavours and smells of a Thanksgiving dinner as well.

“I like my bacon crispy and it’s nice that there’s no hassle with the microwaveable bacon. You can’t taste the difference between this bacon and the one you’d cook in the oven or frying pan.”


Judge Holly Bell, who was the Great British Bake Off series two runner-up, of Leicester, said: “Sophie was a really worthy winner.

“I thought her signature roll was inspired – it had just the right amount of melted butter, and the Marmite on the bread which was melting also and then it was jam-packed with bacon which was crispy and that can only be a good thing.

“I am not a fan of overly sweet things and I was a little perturbed by the volume of maple syrup but it was really, really good.

“The apple was quite tart with a little bit of cinnamon and the vanilla worked really well with the bacon, which was really good as well.”