Why GBBO's Kate Lyon Never Wants To Be A Pro Baker

When Kate Lyon appeared on "The Great British Bake Off” in 2017 (per RadioTimes), she impressed the judges with some, but not all, of her creations. There was one showstopper of a bake, a Sticky Toffee Apple Caramel Cake, that wowed the panel enough to earn Lyon the title "Star Baker” for the week. In fact, Prue Leith hailed it as "the best cake I've ever tasted," according to the Mirror (via PressReader). And then there was Lyon's Moroccan Strawberry and Rose Cake – it fell kind of flat. Not exactly a success story.

Lyon, along with Steven Carter-Bailey, was a runner-up, and she has said she came very close to winning the series (per Express). In the end, Sophie Faldo took the GBBO crown. Since her appearance on the program, Lyon has developed recipes for websites, grocery stores, and print publications, and advocated for and developed recipes for charities she holds in high regard.

But it appears she has decided that a career as a professional baker is not for her. In fact, Lyon's latest career move demonstrates that her priorities, both professional and personal, are morphing in an entirely different direction (per Birmingham Live).

Kate Lyon cooks for her baby and works with babies

Kate Lyon, now in her 30s, has always been a woman with a wide range of interests. At the time of the "Great British Bake Off," the Merseyside resident worked as a health and safety inspector, attended graduate school, and baked in her leisure time as a way to relax. When she let the TV audience know she was single, the self-taught "baking goddess” reportedly found herself getting many marriage proposals (per The Mirror).

That was then. Flash forward to today and Lyon has turned her attention to being a "mum,” raising her young son, and being an entrepreneur (per Birmingham Live). She has invested in Bloom Baby Classes, a business focused on child wellbeing that offers multi-sensory baby and massage classes, interactive musical classes for older babies, and birthday parties, among other things. The business has franchises across the United Kingdom and the United States (per website).

Lyon told Birmingham Live that she will begin offering Bloom Baby classes in Knutsford starting this fall and eventually expand to other areas. And to hear her tell it, she doesn't have much time for baking. "Now I have a nine-month-old, I barely have time to make toast,” she said. "I cook for my baby and that's about it! I was certainly looking for my next opportunity." Besides, she admitted to being "baked out" after the show and said she "can't stand cake decorating."