Sidney alumnus Andrew Smyth, best known as a finalist on 'The Great British Bake Off', will share his thoughts with Members on 17 November.

Andrew (Engineering, 2009) astonished the judges on the 2016 series of Bake Off, utilising both his engineering understanding and creative baking talent – an approach he calls ‘bakineering’ – to deliver elaborate cake constructions. Since leaving the Bake Off tent, he has gone on to create the Netflix series Baking Impossible and tour the UK with his live show, while still holding a job at Rolls-Royce as a researcher in its Aerospace division. Andrew has appeared on the BBC, ITV, Discovery Science and the History Channel, and his commercial clients include Warner Brothers, Sainsbury’s, LIDL and the British Council.


Andrew Smyth said: ‘It's a real pleasure to be coming back to College. I'll be sharing the unusual and amusing tale of my unconventional career path, blending engineering with baking.

'My Engineering degree has been put to good use in various edible ways... Most of all, I'm looking forward to catching up with the Sidney community, I hope to see you there!’ 

Andrew is passionate about STEM education, and has delivered talks at schools and universities, as well as appearing as a judge at the UK Young Engineer of the Year awards. 

Andrew is a supporter of the LGBT+ Community and we are delighted that he will be joining our LGBT Formal on the evening of 17 November. 

The Conversations event series, supported by Sidney MCR, launched in Easter term 2023, with a talk by Dan Bloxham, Head Coach of the All England Club. Events are open to all Members of Sidney, including students, staff, Fellows and alumni. 

Conversations: Andrew Smyth will begin at 9pm on 17 November, in the Old Library. Tickets must be booked in advance via Eventbrite. A reception, with port and cheese, will follow Andrew’s talk, allowing for an additional, informal Q&A. 

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