Paul Hollywood's Handshake Collection from The Great British Bake Off

Hollywood Handshakes

The definitive collection
of Paul Hollywood's infamous handshakes


I am Sebastian Zapata, a software developer focusing on frontend development. I am experienced in:

  • Creating wireframes & mockups, showing these to clients and then transforming them into components & containers with React
  • UI, API & unit tests using frameworks such as Jest, Enzyme & Selenium
  • Confident in coding using TypeScript & JavaScript languages
  • Creating & maintaining APIs
  • Using Redux for state management
  • Git and branching strategies
  • Platform work and build pipelines


This project is a collection of all of the handshakes that Paul Hollywood has given to contestants across all seasons of the Great British Bake Off.


As season 9 started, it became apparent that these handshakes were being given out far too frequently. There wasn't a place where it was clear how many had been given out and when, so I decided that I would create such a place, partly for fun, partly for learning and partly for documentation of the handshakes.


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