Giuseppe has become the first Italian to be crowned the winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off after a tense finale.
GBBO fans were excited as Bristol-based Giuseppe impressed the judges with his performance in the high-pressure finale that was one of the closest in the show’s history.
The three finalists, Christel, Chiggs and Giuseppe, brought their best baking skills to the finals.
The trio entered the final neck-and-neck as they made GBBO history by becoming the first finalists to win equal amounts of the coveted Paul Hollywood handshake and Star Baker.
Only Krystle had failed to win a showstopper challenge in the lead up to the finale, but that didn’t stop her from throwing her all in her last baking attempts inside the famous tent.
They competed at first as a simple signature challenge and each put their individual spin on the much-loved carrot cake.
Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith previously responded to Krystal by saying that she piled it too high and that it didn’t look like traditional carrot cake.
According to Paul, while its “taste was balanced”, it was “not the best looking cake”.
Chiggs was told that his cake was ‘sweet’ but also ‘solid’ and ‘stoddy’.
The judges then reprimanded Giuseppe’s carrot cake for not looking too soft and luxurious, even though it tasted wonderful.
“Nobody broke it… It’s not a tragedy, there’s a long way to go,” Chiggs said after the Signature Challenge.
Paul then surprised the bakers by removing the method for a technical challenge and tasked them with making 12 Belgian buns with sultanas and lemon curd.
“You taking the mic?” Chiggs said he saw the method with only two instructions, which Prue described to Paul as “incredibly cruel”.
Paul simply replied: “One of them will fix it.”
Bakers rolled up their sleeves as they went blind in the challenge and hoped they would get it right.
“The tension is obvious,” admitted Giuseppe.
All three bakers managed to pull off the challenge well and Giuseppe finished third as his buns were a bit overcooked.
A shocked and excited Crystal was named the winner of the challenge.
Next, the showstopper challenge took the bakers to an Alice in Wonderland theme.
Things didn’t start out well for Giuseppe when his oven door didn’t close properly and therefore set him back in time.
But the trio managed to finish their showstoppers with great success and they ran to hug each other before facing criticism from the judges.
There was also criticism for all the bakers after Pru and Paul sampled their elaborate creations.
Krystle was shocked and shed tears after not realizing that her focaccia wasn’t cooking.
“I would have been lying if I said I wasn’t nervous,” Chiggs admitted as the judges deliberated.
The next day the trio faced the judges as host Noel Fielding declared Giuseppe the winner.
The Italian seemed in disbelief as Chiggs and Christel celebrated by hugging him.
An emotional Giuseppe admitted that the victory was the perfect way to say ‘thank you’ to his ailing father in Italy after he taught him everything he knew about baking.
“I can only imagine the reaction I get from my mom and dad,” he said.
“What I’ve done to deserve it comes from his legacy, this is the best thank you note I could possibly send.
“He is going through a very difficult time in terms of health and I think that will be a boost.”
GBBO fans took to Twitter to express their joy over their win.
One viewer wrote: “I am so happy.”
Another added: “Happy congratulations.”
And a third commented: “So happy for Giuseppe.”
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