Great British Bake Off 2021 final latest – Giuseppe 'screamed at TV' during buns blunder as he watched himself win GBBO
25th November 2021

GBBO winner Giuseppe Dell'Anno has revealed how he screamed at the TV as he watched himself commit a blunder in the televised grand finale.

But the newly crowned Bake Off champion said he had shouted at the screen while watching the final air on TV, which saw the Italian overbake his Belgian Buns and in one challenghe, forget to shut his oven door.

"That tent plays tricks on your head," he said after the show was aired.

"The stress obviously does. I was shouting at myself at the screen last night: 'Take those buns out!' I don't know why I kept them in so long in the oven. I have got no idea what was going through my head.

"The funny thing I had a message from a Belgian friend of mine this morning saying, 'You know the buns should be golden not brown?' I think I have learned the lesson the hardest way."

Read our GBBO final live blog below for the latest…

  • Louis Allwood

    Who left first?

    • Week One: Tom – a 28-year-old developer for his family software company in Kent.
    • Week Two: Jairzeno – a 51-year-old head of finance from London.
    • Week Three: Rochica – 27-year-old junior HR business partner from Birmingham.
    • Week Four: Maggie – a 70-year-old retired nurse and midwife from Dorset.
    • Week Five: Freya – a 19-year-old student from North Yorkshire.
    • Week Six: Amanda – a 56-year-old detective with the Metropolitan Police in London.
    • Week Seven: George – a 34-year-old Shared Lives co-ordinator from London.
    • Week Eight: Lizzie – a 28-year old Car Production Operative from Liverpool.
    • Week Nine: Jürgen – an IT professional who is originally from Germany.
    • Week Ten (FINAL): A double elimination in the final saw both Crystelle and Chirag lose out to Giuseppe.

    Recap: Who won GBBO 2021?

    The three finalists – Italian born, Bristol resident and fan favourite Giuseppe, client relationship manager Crystelle, and sales manager Chigs – all battled it out but only one could win.

    The Great British Bake Off 2021 winner was bookies favourite Giuseppe.

    A steady pace for a worthy winner, he was never very far from the top and barely broke a sweat, bar the last couple of challenges – including a huge rookie error after his oven turned off when he failed to close the door properly.

    Giuseppe's win means the Italians sweep the Eurovision song contest, Euro 2020, the 100m final at the Olympics (as well as being the incredible joint winner in the high jump too) and now, and most importantly of course, The Great British Bake Off throne.

    Great British Bake Off is available on catchup?

    You can catch up with any missed episodes on All 4.

    On there you can watch the entire 2021 series as well as seeing all the contestants chatting on An Extra Slice.

    The final Extra Slice featuring Giuseppe, Chigs and Crystelle will air on Friday, November 16, 2021, at 8pm on Channel 4.

    You can also binge watch past series.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Bake Off hit with hundreds of Ofcom complaints over Jurgen’s exit

      FANS of The Great British Bake Off rushed to Ofcom to complain about Jürgen Krauss' shock exit from the show last week.

      The German baker impressed viewers throughout his time on the Channel 4 show with his elaborate bakes but was booted from Bake Off the week before the final.

      Despite wining the technical on last week's GBBO, the 56-year-old's showstopper caused him to fall at the final hurdle and he was voted off a week before the final.

      As a result more than 100 people sent in complaints to the media watchdog to complain the show was 'fixed' against him.

      Read more here.

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      List: Every Star Baker from 2021 series

      • Week one: Jürgen – after impressing in Cake Week with his mini roll signature, malt loaf technical and physics-defying night-time reading illusion showstopper.
      • Week two: Jürgen – for the second week in a row, he was top pick of the judges after impressing with his chocolate and coffee brandy snaps and his incredibly tall gingerbread windmill.
      • Week three: Giuseppe – The Bristol baker stunned the judges with his incredible performance on Bread Week, receiving the first Hollywood handshake this series.
      • Week Four: Chigs – The Leicestershire man even got the coveted handshake from Paul Hollywood for his pavlova after impressing in Dessert Week.
      • Week Five: Giuseppe – The Italian got his second Star Baker award after impressing the judges with his incredible performance on German Week.
      • Week Six: Crystelle – She won thanks in large part to her showstopper. Her intricate cottage-shaped pie earned her a rare showstopper handshake from Paul Hollywood, who described it as “perfection”.
      • Week Seven: Jürgen – The IT professional fought off competition from Crystelle to win the title, impressing with his caramel showstopper with sugar dome.
      • Week Eight: Chigs – The sales manager just pipped Giuseppe to the post and got his second Star Baker of the competition after impressing on day one with his ice cream sandwich signature bake and coming first in the vegan sausage roll technical.
      • Week Nine: Crystelle got her second star baker after impressing with her colourful entremet and getting a handshake for her layered slice showstopper, which also saw her win a place in the final.
      • Week Ten: GIUSEPPE WINS GBBO 2021

      Channel 4 licence to air Bake Off extended to 2024

      The Great British Bake Off extended its licence with Channel 4 and Love Productions for a further three years.

      This means the show will continue running with the broadcaster until at least 2024.

      Giuseppe says first Bake Off competition was ‘surreal’

      In an interview with Channel 4, Giuseppe spoke about his memories from being on the show.

      He said: “My special memory from week one is undoubtedly the very first time that Paul and Prue tried one of my bakes.

      “I found it surreal that baking royalty were actually tasting something that I had baked.

      “That was probably the moment in which I realised that it was really happening and that I was for all intents and purposes a real GBBO baker.”

      He also made an Instagram post about watching the show saying: “All good to go: a good Italian white, pop corn, tissues for the tears and a big cushion to shove my face in when the cringe gets off the chart. And now… breathe…”.

      Explained: Who is GBBO winner Giuseppe?

      Giuseppe, 45, is originally from Italy and grew up baking with his father – a professional chef – so it seems the talent runs in the family.

      Celebrating his Italian heritage, his bakes are a combination of his love of Italian flavours, and his engineer’s precision.

      Living with his wife and three sons in Bristol, Giuseppe is intent on making sure his children only eat home-made goodies.

      As a self-confessed “food snob” he objects to anything mass produced, having spent his childhood baking cakes with his father every Sunday.

      With a passion for architecture and design, he has also renovated his family home with his wife.

      Giuseppe shouted at TV when he watched final last night

      The GBBO winner said he had shouted at the screen while watching the final air on TV.

      "That tent plays tricks on your head," he said.

      "The stress obviously does. I was shouting at myself at the screen last night: 'Take those buns out!'

      "I don't know why I kept them in so long in the oven. I have got no idea what was going through my head.

      "The funny thing (is) I had a message from a Belgian friend of mine this morning saying, 'You know the buns should be golden not brown?' I think I have learned the lesson the hardest way."

      • Joseph Gamp

        Recap: What happened in last night's final?

        Giuseppe Dell'Anno took the crown despite coming last in the final technical challenge of the series and oven issues in the showstopper.

        Both Dame Prue Leith and fellow judge Paul Hollywood said the final was the closest yet – each contestant having received two coveted "Hollywood handshakes" and two star baker awards during the series.

        The episode saw the trio tasked with making exquisite carrot cakes, Belgian buns, and a showstopper dessert inspired by the Mad Hatter's Tea Party from Alice In Wonderland.

        Dell'Anno gambled with his carrot cake by baking one large sponge and a special "family jam" of figs and walnuts.

        He was also placed last in the technical challenge after "massively" overbaking his Belgian buns, despite their neatness.

      • Joseph Gamp

        Giuseppe says win got an emotional response from father

        Speaking the morning after his win, Dell'Anno said his performance on the show had prompted an emotional response from his usually stoic father.

        He told Times Radio: "There is a message that some family friends collected without me knowing, that was shown to me while we were recording, that you have seen yesterday during the show, from my dad.

        "That is not like him. My dad is very much the strong and silent (type), the archetypal Italian father. He doesn't speak much.

        "So the fact itself that he got himself to say those lovely things for the camera means that it must have had an effect on him.

        "He's always been talking in a way – in inverted commas – to my sister and myself through his bakes. And I've only realised later in life that that was his way of showing us his love and affection."

      • Joseph Gamp

        Bake off final viewing figures REVEALED

        The Great British Bake Off final on Channel 4 attracted an average audience of 6.9 million viewers, the broadcaster said.

        Viewers tuned in on Tuesday night to watch Giuseppe Dell'Anno crowned winner of the 12th series of the amateur baking show.

        The 45-year-old chief engineer from Bristol became the first Italian to take home the top prize, exclaiming: "There are no words, I am speechless for once."

        Channel 4 said the final had a peak audience of eight million viewers and a 37.2% share of the total TV viewing audience.

        Last year saw Bake Off enjoy its most watched final on Channel 4, attracting a record average audience of 9.2 million viewers, although viewing figures generally rose during lockdown.

        In comparison, the 2019 final was watched by an average of 6.9 million.

      • Joseph Gamp

        ‘You get to become a national treasure’

        Previous contestant Martha Collison, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2014 series, told Barrelhouse: “Everyone is so surprised and thinks there must be some secret cash, but all we really get is a bunch of flowers and a cake stand.

        “But then, you also kind of become a national treasure just by doing it because everyone in Britain loves the Bake Off so much.”

      • Joseph Gamp

        Tense tent

        Giuseppe’s stunning Italian recipes have been a favourite with the judges.

        Crystelle has delivered recipes from her Goa-inspired recipe books – but hasn’t won a technical challenge.

        Chigs is the least experienced baker to reach a final and has learnt on the job – wowing the judges in the quarter and semi-finals.

      • Joseph Gamp

        The Great British Bake Off Christmas special line-up

        OLLY Alexander and the cast of It’s A Sin will be taking part in The Great British Bake Off Christmas special.

        The singer turned actor, who played Ritchie Tozer in the hit series, will battle it out against his co-stars Lydia West, Nathaniel Curtis, Shaun Dooley to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

        Bake Off announced the exciting news, tweeting:  “On your marks, get set… La! We’re turning our Tent into the Pink Palace as the stars of award-winning @Channel4 drama It’s A Sin don their aprons for The Great Christmas Bake Off! Christmas tree.”

        Olly retweeted the news and added: “EEEE !!! I’m baking with my its a sin family this Christmas. La! #GBBO.”

        The news went down very well with his fans, who can’t wait to watch the cast in action.

        One person wrote: “Will be amazing to see the Pink Palace friends together! It’s very exciting Olly!!!”

      • Joseph Gamp

        Nadiya Hussain launches WaterAid appeal

        TV chef Nadiya Hussain MBE is supporting a new WaterAid appeal to bring clean water and toilets to schools.

        The charity’s Thirst For Knowledge appeal will be matched in donations by the UK Government between November 16 and February 15 2022 of up to £2 million.

        Great British Bake Off winner Hussain was launching WaterAid’s new appeal on Tuesday to bring clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to 30 schools in the Bardiya district of Nepal, providing vital facilities to 28,000 people.

        The author and cook, who has seen the reality of life without clean water when visiting Bangladesh, said: “Every mother wants to provide their children with the best start in life, yet millions of parents around the world have no choice but to send their kids to a school with no clean water or toilets.

        “Not only does this compromise their children’s health; it has a particularly detrimental impact on girls and traps whole communities in poverty. Without these basic facilities, another generation of girls and young women are being left behind.

        “The good news is that water can be an incredible catalyst for lasting change. With clean water, toilets and soap in schools, girls can complete their education and grow up on an equal footing, with the chance to earn a higher income and build better futures for themselves and their families.”

      • Louis Allwood

        Bake Off fans all have same complaint

        Fans all had the same complaint as show was 'ruined' by MORE Channel 4 technical errors and subtitle problems on bread week.

        Viewers were incensed and took to Twitter to complain as their show was off to a terrible start.

        Bake off fans who tuned in for 'Bread Week' where the bakers attempted to make Italian focaccia and milk bread were left disappointed when their viewing was disrupted.

        They took to Twitter to complain, with one posting a shot of "Programmes continue shortly."

        Another wrote: "@Channel4 What's going on??? It's Bake Off time…"

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        The winning showstopper

        The final showstopper challenge of 2021 tasked the finalists with creating a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party display using both sweet and savoury treats, and showcasing a minimum of four baking disciplines.

        Giuseppe opted for a giant tear-and-share brioche mushroom, with mango and passionfruit “drink me” panna cottas, heart-shaped orange and fig muffins, and an asparagus and pea filled choux caterpillar.

        He faced a major setback after discovering his oven had not been closed properly and not preheated.

        But despite this and his complicated design, his efforts were well received, with the panna cotta described as “stunning” by Hollywood, and “bliss” by Leith.

        “That is the most perfect texture for a panna cotta… I’m taking it away with me,” added Leith, who took an extra helping.

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        Who were the previous winners?

        Ever wondered who the previous winners were?

        Well look no further as the official Great British Bake off account has tweeted a montage of all the winners.

      • Louis Allwood

        And then there was one

        This is how judges whittled down to their final contestants:

        • Week One: Tom – a 28-year-old developer for his family software company in Kent.
        • Week Two: Jairzeno – a 51-year-old head of finance from London.
        • Week Three: Rochica – 27-year-old junior HR business partner from Birmingham.
        • Week Four: Maggie – a 70-year-old retired nurse and midwife from Dorset.
        • Week Five: Freya – a 19-year-old student from North Yorkshire.
        • Week Six: Amanda – a 56-year-old detective with the Metropolitan Police in London.
        • Week Seven: George – a 34-year-old Shared Lives co-ordinator from London.
        • Week Eight: Lizzie – a 28-year old Car Production Operative from Liverpool.
        • Week Nine: Jürgen – an IT professional who is originally from Germany.
        • Week Ten (FINAL): A double elimination in the final saw both Crystelle and Chirag lose out to Giuseppe.

        The first Britalian to win

        Giuseppe said it was amazing to be the first “Britalian” winner, having received incredible support from both Bristol and Italy.

        He took the crown despite coming last in the final technical challenge of the series and oven issues in the showstopper.

        Both Leith and fellow judge Paul Hollywood said the final was the closest yet – each contestant having received two coveted “Hollywood handshakes” and two star baker awards during the series.

        The episode saw the trio tasked with making exquisite carrot cakes, Belgian buns, and a showstopper dessert inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Alice In Wonderland.

        • Louis Allwood

          Winner shares picture on Instagram

          Giuseppe has shared a picture of him posing with the GBBO cake stand trophy.

          He captioned the post: “You think you know what you’re getting yourself into when you sign up… it’s a physically, psychologically and emotionally draining experience.

          “But also exciting and exhilarating.

          “And I could have never done it without the support of my wife, my fellow bakers and the constant support from the production team!

          “Thank you all out there, for reaching out and showering me with love! I will be forever grateful!”

        • Louis Allwood

          Mel Giedroyc to join Strictly Xmas special

          Former GBBO presenter Mel Giedroyc is joining the Strictly Xmas special.

          She will partner up with pro Neil Jones.

          The latest addition was announced on BBC spin-off It Takes Two this evening.

        • Louis Allwood

          Who will be on the Christmas special?

          OLLY Alexander and the cast of It’s A Sin will be taking part in The Great British Bake Off Christmas special.

          The singer turned actor, who played Ritchie Tozer in the hit series, will battle it out against his co-stars Lydia West, Nathaniel Curtis, Shaun Dooley to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

          Bake Off announced the exciting news, tweeting:  “On your marks, get set… La! We’re turning our Tent into the Pink Palace as the stars of award-winning @Channel4 drama It’s A Sin don their aprons for The Great Christmas Bake Off! Christmas tree.”

          Olly retweeted the news and added: “EEEE !!! I’m baking with my its a sin family this Christmas. La! #GBBO.”

          The news went down very well with his fans, who can’t wait to watch the cast in action.

          One person wrote: “Will be amazing to see the Pink Palace friends together! It’s very exciting Olly!!!”

        • Louis Allwood

          ‘You get to become a national treasure’

          Previous contestant Martha Collison, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2014 series, told Barrelhouse: “Everyone is so surprised and thinks there must be some secret cash, but all we really get is a bunch of flowers and a cake stand.

          “But then, you also kind of become a national treasure just by doing it because everyone in Britain loves the Bake Off so much.”

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