Sophie was born in London and grew up in Suffolk. After graduating from The University of Manchester with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology she went on to gain a master’s degree, also in psychology from The University of Toulouse before being admitted to train at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where she commissioned as an officer in the Royal Artillery. She served all over the world including Afghanistan before leaving to join the full-time GB rowing development programme at Molesey Boat club. After becoming injured, she retired from rowing and worked as a surveillance consultant and alpine ski touring instructor before entering The Great British Bake Off.
Since winning the show in November 2017, Sophie has appeared on Lorraine, various radios shows including RTE 1, BBC Radio 5 live, and has been published in The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Irish Independent, The Mail on Sunday, OK magazine, The Radio Times, Delicious magazine and numerous others. She was recently shortlisted for The Women Of The Future Awards 2018 where she received a special commendation in the Media category.
She was commissioned to make the 9-tired cake for the 80th anniversary of HMS Belfast, prepare a VIP banquet with Grosvenor casinos in collaboration with Angelica Bell (winner of Celebrity Masterchef) and curate an afternoon tea in association with Laurent Perrier. She also regularly demos at regional and national food shows including The Ideal Home Show at Olympia.
Keen to continue her culinary education, she has interned at the 1 Michelin-starred The Glasshouse under Chef Berwyn Davis and Raymond Blanc’s 2 Michelin-starred Le Manoir Aux Quat-Saisons under Chef Benoit Blin MCA.
Sophie is a keen sportswoman. She is a competitive track cyclist and won age-group national titles in the Sprint in 2014 and the Individual pursuit in 2016. She took a hiatus to concentrate on Bake Off and is now back into training and hoping to podium at the World Age-Group Track Cycling Championship in 2019. She is also training for the British Stunt register, with her disciplines including: Taekwondo, Horse Riding, Scuba Diving and Rock Climbing.
Has started her own company, Sophie Faldo Couture Cakes, which creates wedding cakes and dessert catering for special events. She has been lucky to count celebrity actress Sunetra Sarker as one of her happy clients.
Sophie is appearing as a presenter in her first TV show after Bake Off, in the adventure food and travel show, Travel With A Goat due to air in January 2019. She is currently working on other television projects and hopes to release her first cookbook soon.