Andrew Smyth

A Great British Baker & Engineer

Andrew is an aerospace engineer, presenter and baker. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he divides his time between researching future aircraft for Rolls Royce and presenting his creation, “bakineering”, to explain engineering through edible means.

As a presenter, Andrew has worked internationally across stage, TV and online. He is the creator, executive producer and judge on Netflix’s “Baking Impossible” and is an expert contributor on Discovery’s “Secrets of the Superfactories”. He regularly produces and performs live “bakineering” shows with partners including the Royal Institution and the European Space Agency.

As a finalist on the Great British Bake Off in 2016, he became known for his outrageously engineered creations. Since leaving the tent, he’s nearly chopped his finger off hosting a live cooking segment on ITV and baked a rotating jet engine cake for Prince William.

Andrew’s talk

Breaking Baking Boundaries

After appearing on the Great British Bakeoff, the UK’s most watched TV program in 2016, Andrew started to notice increasingly interesting overlaps between the seemingly unrelated disciplines: baking and engineering. This started a journey of discovery for him that led to baking for royalty and producing and judging his own Netflix show.

In Andrew’s talk. he’ll explore his background of curiosity from a young age, talk about the novel things he explored by looking at the intersection of creativity and the boundaries you can break down whilst doing it. Andrew want the audience to leave thinking about the silos they can break down in their own lives and careers for a more fulfilled and inspiring life.

He’d also like to leave the audience with an illustration of what “bakineering” means to him.

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