Great British Bake Off winner: Who won GBBO 2018? Who won last year?
The Great British Bake Off will be hitting screens tonight (Tuesday, August 27) as the nation is treated to more mouther-watering shots of cakes, pastries, biscuits and other oven-based creations. The well-loved series has been airing on Channel 4 since 2017 after moving over from the BBC. Despite the change in channel, Bake Off is still a hit with viewers with 7.5 million people tuning in for the final to watch one contestant crowned the champion. But who was the overall winner of The Great British Bake Off 2018?
Who won The Great British Bake Off 2019?
Rahul Mandal was crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off last year after endearing the nation and impressing judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
The 32-year-old is a nuclear researcher at The University of Sheffield and was encouraged by his colleagues to apply for Bake Off.
He won over the judges with doughnuts and edible landscape as well as baking bread on an open fire.
Rahul beat off stiff competition from fellow contestants Ruby Bhogal and Kim-Joy.
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Speaking about his trepidation in the final, Rahul said at the time: “Growing up in India we didn’t ever eat doughnuts, so I have never had one let alone made one.”
He went on to say: “I watched the final with my parents, who are over from India, and friends and colleagues. It was very emotional but it was lovely to have the people who have helped me throughout my Bake Off journey watch it with me.”
“Bake Off has given me a new family, I felt I had a mum, dad, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, as everyone in the Bake Off tent supported me in a weird and wonderful way. It was a very lovely experience with so many happy memories that I will never forget.”
On his victory, the notoriously shy baker said: “Winning Bake Off is about the coolest thing that I have done in my life, and I hope it will help me gather some more confidence.”
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He added: “I hope it helps me try new things and be a bit more adventurous in baking and life itself.”
As Bake Off is filmed weeks before broadcast, Rahul had to keep his win and the Bake Off trophy a secret.
He revealed that he actually hid his trophy in a pillowcase in his laundry cupboard where it looks inconspicuous among items of clothing and laundry.
Hailing from Howrah, India, Rahul came to the UK on a scholarship to study for his PhD at Loughborough University.
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He now works as a columnist for The Times Magazine and occasionally cooks on ITV’s This Morning.
Following his win on Bake Off, Rahul continues to create tantalising bakes which he shares on his Instagram page, along with advice and insight.
To mark the return of Bake Off, Rahul posted to his 110,000 Instagram followers: “The start of……….BAKE OFF!
“Not long now, few more hours and the festival starts! It is like Christmas, like New Year, like Durga Puja, like Diwali, like Eid…like all other festival that celebrate human togetherness, positivity, love, respect and above all BAKING and happiness!”
Reflecting on his two passions of baking and science, Rahul told iNews: “Baking and science are very related, the ratios have to be correct to make it work, I would like to make the science behind baking more accessible to everyone.”
The Great British Bake Off starts on Channel 4 tonight at 8pm