The Great British Bake Off has crowned Rahul Mandal its New Year champion.
The 2018 winner came out on top during the one-off special, after serving a delicious selection of bakes on his return to the tent.
The festive episode, filmed earlier earlier this year in line with public health guidelines during the pandemic, saw former bakers Helena Garcia, Henry Bird, Nancy Birtwhistle and Rahul return.
Also in the tent were judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith as ever, while host Matt Lucas was joined by the returning Noel Fielding
The first challenge saw the bakers make their best fruit crumbles. Ilena, true to form, made the quirkiest crumble, with her bake resembling a graveyard.
Rahul impressed with his flavours, despite Paul leaving part of a cinnamon stick in his bake.
Rahul also revealed a rather odd eating habit, saying he liked to eat butter straight from the pack.
The second second challenge saw the bakers tasked with making steamed bao buns with shredded duck.
Nancy described hers as the ‘worst thing’ she’d ever made, but the flavours still went down well with the judges.
Finally, the bakers were tasked with making a cake that would have been perfect for their 21st birthday party, getting across their personalities and experiences growing up. Prue was looking for something ‘original and delicious’.
Prue praised Rahul’s technically impressive showstopper, saying it was an ‘amazing’ bake.
In the end, it was Rahul who was crowned champion.
‘I dedicate this to all the 132 bakers who have been in the bake off so far,’ Rahul said, holding his prize. ‘Without them, there would be no bake off.’
He added: ‘I bake to make people happy, and I’ll keep doing it.’
‘They were all absolute stars. But one of them had to be our winner,’ Prue said.
‘I feel robbed. It’s a scandal how dare they,’ Henry joked.
The Great British Bake Off is available to watch on All 4.
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