Great British Bake Off: Peter Sawkins crowned winner as 'giddy' Edinburgh student triumphs in show's closest ever final
Edinburgh student Peter Sawkins has been crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off.
The 20-year-old accounting and finance student became the youngest finalist in the programme’s history.
He saw off competition from Laura Adlington and Dave Friday in tonight’s episode of the Channel 4 amateur baking competition.
Peter said: “I can’t quite believe that I am here, I can’t quite believe that I made it onto the show, and I can’t quite believe that the show happened.
“This is going to be a really huge chapter in my life, and what a way for it to end.
“I wanted this a lot, when I was 12 I was watching repeats of Bake Off back to back, and it got me into baking big time.
“I am a Bake Off nerd, and I think 12-year-old Peter would be in awe, and just the most excited giddy kid. I am that excited and giddy kid right now.”
While Laura’s poor performance in the first two rounds of the final took her out of contention, judge Paul Hollywood said the competition was “as close to a draw that I’ve ever seen”.
His fellow judge Prue Leith agreed it was “so close” between Peter and Dave, 30, a security guard from Hampshire.
The final saw the trio tasked with making custard slices, walnut whirls and a multi-layered showstopper dessert.
Peter took inspiration from the Scottish pudding Cranachan when making his custard slices, using raspberries, oats and whisky to flavour it.
Leith said they “looked incredible”, adding that he had made a “really lovely custard slice”, while Hollywood complimented their flavour.
Dave also won praise for his coffee and caramel-flavoured custard slices, with Hollywood praising his “beautiful” pastry.
However, Laura’s final began with a disastrous first round after her custard failed to set and her slices failed to hold their shape.
The 31-year-old digital manager from Kent told the judges she was “embarrassed” to serve her slices to the judges, adding they looked as though they had been dropped on the floor.
Laura also finished bottom in the walnut whirl challenge, which was completed in very hot conditions, after she messed up her timings and failed to have all the components properly cooled in time for the tasting.
The three contestants were tasked with creating a multi-layered dessert which reflected on their time on the show in the final showstopper challenge.
Laura decided to recreate some of her previous triumphs in a dessert which featured components including Chelsea buns, macarons and carrot and walnut cake.
However, it was not enough to bring her back into contention.
Dave sought to redeem his failings in previous weeks by having a second go at some of the bakes he was criticised for in previous weeks, including brownies, chocolate babka and choux buns.
The judges gave mixed reviews of his attempt to right the wrongs of previous weeks.
Peter’s dessert featured components including a Victoria sandwich, choux buns and Battenberg biscuits and was labelled a “good effort” by Leith.
The showstopper round was watched by the entire crew for the 11th series of the programme, who formed a “bubble” in Down Hall Hotel near Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, throughout the duration of filming, after being tested for the virus and self-isolating.
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Great British Bake Off recap: the competition comes to a showstopping end as Edinburgh’s Peter takes the crown
Last updated: Tuesday, 24 November, 2020, 20:53
- Series 11 comes to a close tonight
- The final three contestants are set to battle it out to be the Great British Baker
- Will Edinburgh’s Peter Sawkins take the crown, we’ll find out
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Remember when Peter was just the boy from Edinburgh in the competition, before we all grew to know and love him?
When the competition first started he was nervous about his bread making and ‘artistic decoration’ but evidently, our boy Peter had nothing to worry about.
The student said that his weaknesses involve “artistic decoration” and “bread making”
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It was patisserie week and the judges made sure to make the contestants work for their place in the final.
Peter was yet again titled Star Baker, while we lost Hermine, determining the three last-standing bakers that we will see fighting for the crown in just a few minutes time.
There are just four bakers left in the tent, and the judges turn up the heat. Will mild-mannered Peter survive?
Here we go, the contestants get going on the first challenge
Eight ‘beautifully decorated custard slices’ are asked of the bakers this week in the first round.
They all sounds fairly confident so far but we’ll see how long it lasts.
Laura remembers the week where she forgot to press the ice setting on the ice cream machine fondly as she says she just ‘can’t afford’ for her custard slices not to set.
‘This has shaped me’ says Peter about his experience on The Great British Bake Off
As he reflects on his time in the Bake Off tent, Peter sounds delighted to have spent his lockdown baking for Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
He is recreating the Scottish dessert Cranachan, with two different types of cream including one with Whisky, for his custard slices.
Peter creates a ‘Star Trek creature’ as Noel points out that his bake looks like something out of a horror film
Time is up on the first challenge as Laura pops her head in the freezer, naturally
By the looks of it, they all managed to get something out on the plate which is an excellent achievement.
I would be inclined to argue that in the final every bake should be perfect and I have my doubts about some of those custard slices by the look of them, but I couldn’t do any better so i’ll reserve judgement until Paul and Prue get involved.
Two out of three contestants wowed the judges in the first challenge
Peter has ticked every single box! They can see the layers and the pastry is flaky, just as Prue likes it.
Dave also wowed with his custard slices, putting him in a good position going into the next round.
Laura sadly had a bad morning according to Prue, but she hasn’t been deterred and is back and focused for the next challenge.
This weeks technical challenge: Eight walnut whirls
There doesn’t seem to be too much panic in the tent just yet.
All of the bakers seem to getting on alright, although nobody seems quite sure how thing the biscuit base needs to be.
Thankfully Paul and Prue were on hand for the next step to instruct the bakers to ‘make marshmallow’.
The temperature is of course against the poor contestants as well, as it always seems to be.
Nothing will distract Peter in this bake
The final technical challenges comes to an end as Dave comes out on top
That’s it, the last technical challenge of series 11 is finished and Dave has impressed with the definition in his whirls beating both Peter and Laura to the top spot.
Peter had good flavours but didn’t quite get the look of the whirl that the judges were after.
Laura’s Walnut whirls experienced some time issues as she came last in the technical.
The final challenge is underway as the Judges ask for a colossal dessert tower reflecting each bakers personal Bake Off experience
All Paul wants is ‘perfect’. That’s all. A perfect version of whatever they are making.
If only it was that easy.
The Laura has a ‘huge mountain to climb’ according to Prue if she wants to win the competition.
While Paul politely suggests she tries to tidy up after herself as she goes, if you’ve watched any of the series you will know full well what mess Paul is referring to.
Dave is making a tower of ‘redemption’ to prove to Paul and Prue that he can do everything he has previously slipped up on.
Peter is getting slightly concerned as his biscuits don’t measure up
The poor lad doesn’t know ‘why his head isn’t working’.
He has found a sort of solution to his problem by creating a stripped biscuit rather than a checked one, i’m sure nobody will notice.
Let’s take a second for the judges
Matt Lucas joined this series to co-host with Noel Fielding and I think it’s very worth mentioning the delight that the pair have brought to our screens every week.
Nobody is better than Matt at calming down Laura when all she wants to do is cry into freezer in defeat.
While Noel knows exactly what to say to keep spirits up in a stressful environment like the Bake Off Tent.
If I had to be in the tent I’d far rather be in their position than crying over soggy bottoms and watery custard.
Dave put his feet up with time to spare in the Showstopper
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