John Whaite crowned champion of the Great British Bake Off

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  • After whipping up a show-stopping chiffon cake and perfect meringue, John Whait became champion of the Bake Off this year

    John Whaite was crowned champion of the Great British Bake Off last night, after beating rivals James Morton and Brendan Lynch in a tense final showdown.

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    Facing stiff competition, Whaite pulled out all the stops to produce a complicated chocolate Heaven and Hell cake to clinch the title.

    ‘It is stunning,’ judge Mary Berry said of his intricate creation.

    ‘What I like is when you cut it and see it on the plate it looks beautiful. The texture is perfect. It is rich and it is absolutely lovely.’

    On being crowned the winner, Whaite told the Daily Mail: ‘I still can’t believe it. I was surprised to even get on the show. My legs went to jelly. I was really shaking when they said my name. My mum was really chuffed. She was crying.

    Now, this year’s star baker, who also studied his way to a 1st in his law degree during the British Bake Off finals, plans to go to cookery school and even release a cookery book, sharing some of his Great British Bake Off recipes.

    ‘Schools are very expensive so I am still working out about funds,’ he said. ‘But I am going to work hard and keep developing my skills. I’m still practising each day and putting together ideas for a cookery book.’

    What do you make of this year’s Great British Bake Off winner? Was John the right baker to win? Or should Brendan have taken the title? Let us know in the comments box below…

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