Mary-Anne Boermans was a finalist in the 2011 series of The Great British Bake Off and is now a successful food writer. She has been cooking and baking for more than 40 years. She is passionate about home cooking and has amassed a library of almost 1000 cookery books, with an emphasis on traditional British recipes. Her first book, Great British Bakes, won the guild of Food Writers First Book Award 2014. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband and daughter.