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Great British Bake Off crowns Scots student Peter Sawkins as youngest winner


Scottish contestant Peter Sawkins has been crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2020.

The 20-year-old Edinburgh student beat off stiff competition and baked his way to victory of the eleventh series, making him the youngest ever champion.

In tonight’s nail-biting grand finale of the Channel 4 show, the final three contestants battled it out to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith for one last time.

Of the twelve who showed off their skills in the Bake Off tent, it was Peter who won both the hearts of the judges and viewers at home as he reigned supreme.



Peter beat fellow finalists Dave Friday and Laura Adlington

Peter joined fellow finalists Dave Friday and Laura Adlington as they attempted the final challenges during a heatwave with temperatures soaring to 36C in the tent.

The trio were tasked to make the perfect custard slice in the signature challenge followed by a walnut whirl in the technical round.

Hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas were on hand to support the finalists during the nerv-wrcking showstopper, which saw the three bakers prove their skills with enormous dessert towers.

It was Peter who sailed to victory and won over the judges as he was crowned the youngest ever winner of the much-loved show.



Peter sailed to victory and won over the judges with his showstopper dessert tower

Peter said he was like a ‘giddy kid’ as he was announced the winner and was awarded the trophy.

Speaking about his victory, Peter said: “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 giddy kid right now.”

Judge Paul Hollywood said at the end of the final: “Peter should be exceptionally proud. He is the youngest winner we have ever had and the first Scottish winner.”

Prue Leith added: “Do you know I am terribly proud of Peter and I feel as if he is my grandson. He is such a nice guy and he is so eager to learn, you can’t not like him.”



Hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas were on hand alongside judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

The student, who is studying accounting and finance at the University of Edinburgh, has been a fan of the show since he was 12 and first baked cupcakes with his brother aged just four.

Peter has melted hearts throughout the series and was bookies favourite to win at odds of 2/5 ahead of tonight’s final, according to Ladbrokes.

He was a hit with viewers right from the start and consistently impressing the judges and was even rewarded with a coveted Paul Hollywood handshake during the semi-final.

The aspiring baker even got a shout-out from his favourite sportsman after he dedicated his celebrity celebration cake to cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

The Olympian was impressed with the cake of himself, posting it on Twitter and writing: “Great job Peter, thanks for choosing me.”

Ahead of Tuesday’s final, Peter reflected on his time on the show and said watching it from his Edinburgh flat would be filled with ‘mixed emotions’. 

The student wrote: “Looking back through all my showstoppers ahead of the final tonight. What an experience!



Peter triumphed in tonight’s nail-biting grand finale of the Channel 4 show

“I have some mixed emotions thinking about watching the final episode.

“I will try to focus on the celebration of watching the final, but it also comes with an element of sadness knowing that this is the last time I will watch myself baking with my friends in that tent.

“I feel very lucky to have been able to see the process right through to the end, baking in all 30 challenges and sharing the experience with my amazing baking family and the phenomenal team in the bubble!



The student has been a fan of the show since he was 12

“Huge huge thanks to everyone who have supported myself and my fellow bakers along the way.

“Even though we can’t respond to everyone, know that your kindness is really appreciated.”

Winner Peter will appear on Jo Brand’s spin-off The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on Friday 27 November at 8.00 pm on Channel 4.





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