Tuesday the 30th of October saw contestants Rahul Mandal, Ruby Bhogal and Kim-Joy Hewlett battle for the title of The Great British Bake Off winner, but it was Rahul who won the competition after an intense series finale.
The finalists were equally matched in skill and talent, each named star baker twice throughout the competition.
The final saw the bakers undergoing a technical task that had never been done before in Bake Off history – cooking outside. They had to make six pita breads each in 90 minutes on an open fire. However, it was the showstopper that secured Rahul’s victory, when the bakers had to make an edible landscape dessert.
After winning, Rahul admitted that “This is probably the first time I got something like this. Like a trophy.”
Prue Leith, one of the judges, praised him. “I think the amazing thing about Rahul, and why I’m so proud of him, is that he came in unconfident but he just kept going and he never reigned in his ambition. He always tried to do a bit more than everybody else, and it paid off.”
“He’s one of those characters that you’ll miss when you’re not with him,” Paul Hollywood said after Rahul was announced as the winner. “His intensity sometimes is amazing and he’s so good at what he does. I don’t think he realises still how good he actually is. And I think that’s what’s magic about Rahul.”