'Right, focaccia,' Paul commented as the finalist presented her dish.

He has done it brilliantly all the way through.

i don't know what happened, that's bizarre. '

Giuseppe Dell'Anno, 45, triumphed over fellow contestants Crystelle and Chigs Parmar, 40, in arguably the closest ever final of the Channel 4 show tonight.

The chief engineer, who now lives in Bristol, became the first Italian winner after impressing the judges with his consistency and professionalism throughout the competition.

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

He also produced mango and passion fruit panna cottas, orange and fig heart-shaped muffins, and asparagus and pea-filled choux pastries shaped like a caterpillar.

Well done: Giuseppe Dell'Anno, 45, triumphed over fellow contestants Crystelle and Chigs Parmar, 40, in arguably the closest ever final of the Channel 4 show tonight

"i feel it's been a great year for italy.

"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 in English to 'of the year' – and I feel this has certainly been my year. '

if you do not want to know the result of the great british bake off final, please look away now ... giuseppe celebrated victory on tuesday after what judges on the channel 4 show described as the closest finale yet.

The finalists fought it out for the title on Tuesday (Picture: Channel 4)

Series 12 of the show saw a dozen bakers initially enter 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 10 episodes.

The victorious Giuseppe dedicated his win to his parents.

"he is going through a very bad time health-wise, so i think this is going to win.

Giuseppe's achievement arrives in the same year that his compatriots won Euro 2020 and Eurovision.

Raw: The baker, 26, was hoping to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with the bread flavored with honey and garlic, but instead was told it was 'inedible'

Got a story?

I am a sucker for a backstory, and these were short, sweet and lovely.

If I found Giuseppe's cool precision a bit predictable during the bulk of the series, the beautiful message from his father wiped all that away, shining a light on where he came from and why he was so good at it.

Channel 4 has ordered three more years of Bake Off, and I hope these two stick with it.

The Showstopper brief – a Mad Hatter ’ s tea party, showing off at least four baking disciplines – was brilliant, and as the bakers whizzed around the tent pulling off inhuman feats of pastry work at lightning speed, I felt that familiar annual pang : the realisation that I would miss them.It might not have been as vital and soothing as last year ’ s lockdown-ish edition, but it still had its moments.

I would have loved to have seen the remarkable Lizzie get to the final, if only to find out what she would have done with that Showstopper brief, and whether her former pet pig would have made an appearance.

"You kids done a Bake Off," said Noel, proudly, at the end of all the chaos.

great british bake off seemed to sum up the mood of a nation like it has in 2021.

Reaction: 'That's raw dough,' Paul (pictured) said. 'What have you done? I mean that is actually raw... has it been in the oven?'

Was it the contestants' fault?

Viewing figures were at an all-time low, too.

The show needs a break – one long enough to get us missing it again.

This latest series may not have have felt as soothing as last year's lockdown-tinged iteration, but it encapsulated the best of what Britain should be.

Having their say: One wrote: 'Think it was Crystelle all the way until her foccacia was raw. Which was worse than his Belgian Buns being a bit over cooked. They were very close though!'

I'm sure plenty across the country have taken inspiration from the fact that Chigs managed to work towards something positive during a tough 18 months.

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