Ruby Tandoh Is Gay: Food Writer and British Bake-Off Contestant Comes Out, Already Has A Toaster

The Great British Bake-Off finalist and Guardian food writer Ruby Tandoh announced on twitter this morning that she is queer y’all:

She then proceeded to display extraordinary levels of badassery by thanking “twitter’s queer queens” and slamming the misogynists who accused her of only making it to the final round on Bake-Off because she was flirting with judge Paul Hollywood, something they both denied. I guess it’s just hard to handle the idea of an all-female final round?

Speaking of people Ruby didn’t flirt with, Bake-Off is actually presented by out English comedienne Sue Perkins.

Tandolph’s baking book, Crumb, came out last year, and since almost winning Bake-Off she’s been a food writer for The Guardian. According to The Daily Fail, there was a bidding war amongst nine publishers who wanted to have her debut on their list. She took a semester off from earning her History of Art and Philosophy degree from The University of College London to appear on the program. She’s also a proud feminist.

If you’d like to celebrate this fine day with some of Ruby’s recipes, your time is now. We’d like to recommend:

1. Honeyed Almond Cake with Raspberry Jam and Goat’s Cheese Cream

Honeyed almond cake with raspberry jam and goat’s cheese cream via The Guardian, photograph by Jill Mead/Guardian

via The Guardian, photograph by Jill Mead/Guardian

2. Salted Milk Chocolate Brownies


photograph by Jill Mead/Guardian

3. Pikelets

Pikelets “are a kind of flat crumpet.” Ruby says that “after you’ve enjoyed a few hot from the griddle – holey, chewy, dripping with salted butter – I’m sure they’ll find a way on to your breakfast tables.”

photograph by Jill Mead / The Guardian

photograph by Jill Mead / The Guardian

4. Chinese Egg Custard Buns

I LOVE THESE, I always get them when I get Dim Sum.


photograph by Jill Mead/The Guardian

5. Vegan Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

photograph by Jill Mead/The Guardian

photograph by Jill Mead/The Guardian

6. Ginger Crunch Ice Cream

via Jill Mead for the guardian

via Jill Mead for the guardian

7. Boston Cream Donuts

I was obsessed with these when I was a kid. Pretty sure they’re terrible for you but isn’t everything.

ruby bakes Boston cream doughnuts

Photograph: Jill Mead for the Guardian 

8. Cherry and Dark Chocolate Crumble

Cook - Ruby Tandoh frozen fruit

Congratulations, Ruby!

Before you go! Autostraddle runs on the reader support of our AF+ Members. If this article meant something to you today — if it informed you or made you smile or feel seen, will you consider joining AF and supporting the people who make this queer media site possible?

Join AF+!


Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 3223 articles for us.


  1. so happy and proud :) love all the british lesbian love she’s getting on twitter too!!!!

  2. All the best to her, she was deffo the victim of unflattering editing and an obnoxious public.

    Do we know what flavour of queer she has come out as? Frying pansexual? Bicarb-sexual? Genderfluidounces?

    I’m going to stop now.

  3. Knew there was a reason she was my favourite and I was so protective of her! So proud!

  4. what?! yes!!!! now to rewatch that season to see if she did indeed flirt with sue perkins, or as is more likely, the other way round

  5. i had inklings when she made the glorious comment about marriage one time and i also really liked her and i never *really* like straight people so i should have known but yaay

  6. My favourite thing about this is that Id never have guessed she wasn’t straight. She wasn’t particularly my favourite and I never had an ‘inkling’. BECAUSE YOU CANNOT SEE LGBT BY LOOKING. Great to have this reaffirmed.

  7. Yes! I loved Ruby, though all my flatmates at the time thought she was a bit stuck up. Sue Perkins is a fave of mine, too <3

    (Tell me Bake Off is back soon, it's been too long since it was on my screen)

    • Usually starts in august. They film it during the early summer, like june/july, then show it august to sept/oct. I’ve been rewatching old series during my really bad gbbo cravings.

  8. I know this is like half a year old but I’ve been obsessed with TGBBO for the last month+ and I just watched season 4 AND I AM SO PROUD BECAUSE I HAD THE VAGUEST INKLING OF QUEER FROM RUBY FROM THE BEGINNING BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST WISHFUL THINKING (even though personality wise she wasn’t my favorite, but I wonder how much of that was a symptom of being a young not-out, or otherwise unsure queer?). Of course then I finished the season and googled her and the first result was about her coming out!

    I think in the end it was the converse sneakers, the self proclaimed love of cats, the suspicious lack of a boyfriend for someone so conventionally pretty, and that certain mysterious queer something that really made my lady loving sense tingle.

    Thank you, gaydar, you’ve done it again.

    • don’t worry I am still as excited about this as I was six months ago. GBBO is the best, ruby is a badass and gaydars are the bees knees!!

Comments are closed.