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The Great British Bake Off crowns its 2021 winner


Spoiler alert! If you do not want to know the result of the Great British Bake Off final, please look away now…

Giuseppe celebrated his victory on Tuesday after what the Channel 4 show’s judges described as the “closest finale yet.”

The 45-year-old Bristol resident beat out fellow finalists Chigs and Crystelle, who had to prepare food for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

“There are no words; for once, I am speechless,” said the show’s first Italian winner.

In the final episode, he created a giant mushroom out of dough filled with chocolate and hazelnuts. He also made mango and passion fruit panna cottas, orange and fig heart-shaped muffins, and asparagus and pea-filled caterpillar-shaped choux pastries.

A dozen bakers entered the Bake Off bubble at the start of the competition in September, before judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith turned the heat up on them with a series of knock-out challenges over ten episodes.

They assigned three tasks to the final three bakers: make carrot cake, make Belgian buns, and recreate a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party while demonstrating four different baking disciplines.

This year’s winner Giuseppe (centre), alongside judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith (left), and hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding

Giuseppe, the victor, dedicated his victory to his parents. “All I can think about is how my mother and father will react,” he continued.

“Everything I’ve done to earn this comes from his [my father’s] heritage, so it’s the best thank you note I can send him.

“He’s going through a rough patch in terms of health, so I believe this will be a huge help.

“I don’t say I’m proud of what I do often or lightly, but in this case, I’m really proud of what I’ve done. It’s incredible!”

Italian job

Giuseppe’s achievement arrives in the same year that his compatriots won Euro 2020 and Eurovision. “I feel it’s been a great year for Italy,” he noted on the show.

“I truly can’t believe it or take it in, this has made me so incredibly happy to be a Britalian. Dell’Anno is my surname, which translates to ‘of the year,’ and I believe this has been my year.”

Hollywood praised him for “doing an incredible job.”

“When I first walked into the tent and saw his mini rolls in the first signature, I thought that looks like our winner; you could see the heart and soul going into his baking,” said the judge.

Fellow judge, the recently-honoured Dame Prue added: “He is such a classic beautiful baker and he represents a long tradition of classic Italian baking. He has done it brilliantly all the way through.

“I am going home to make much more Italian cakes because they really are good.”

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