The Great British Bake Off finalists each penned heartwarming letters thanking fans for their support after exiting the competition – and if you didn’t cry last night, you’ll certainly be tearing up at their touching sentiments.
Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood crowned Peter Sawkins winner of this year’s series, beating Laura Adlington and Dave Friday to the top spot in a seriously tense final.
Following the celebrations, Peter confessed that he’d lived out a ‘crazy childhood dream’ and expressed his gratitude for the bubble that allowed the show to go on amid the pandemic.
‘That was the best summer of my life, no question!’ he wrote. ‘I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity. I have lived out a crazy childhood dream, I have grown from being strethched with new challenges and most importantly, I have met some wonderful people ad made great friends.
‘The bubble really was a place filled with joy and that came from the people within it. The judges, presenters, crew, hotel staff, fellow bakers and everyone else in the bubble brought fantastic energy to the community, even when so many gave up so much and were away from family and loved ones for a long time.
‘I have to say a huge thanks to everyone for bringing this energy and helping to make the whole experience pure fun!’
Peter continued: ‘Outside of the bubble it’s been an absolute pleasure to share the experience of watching the show with my family, friends and the public. The response has been so warm and it’s wonderful to know that the show has made so many people smile.
‘I’ve also loved watching the end product with my new baking family, albeit from all the different corners of the UK. I love this family very much and can’t wait until we can all get together for a proper celebration. Lots and lots of baking love, Peter x.’
Dave revealed that participating on Bake Off was a ‘dream come true’ and he encouraged bakers to apply to be on the show.
‘Well, what a year it’s been!!’ he wrote. ‘The day I was shortlisted for Bake Off, I also found out I was going to be a dad! I just felt overwhelmed with excitement. I couldn’t take it all in.
‘Becoming a baker on the show was a dream come true, I hadn’t been baking very long so was extremely shocked to even be selected, let alone make it to the final!!’
He continued: ‘This year was unique because of the pandemic, leaving my family was hard to do but they supported and encouraged me to take this once in a lifetime opportunity.
‘I have made 11 lifelong friends and couldn’t have wished for a better bunch of bakers to share this experience with. It didn’t ever feel like we were in competition, as we wanted each other to succeed, it was more about impressing Paul and Prue.
‘I got happiness from seeing people enjoy what we made, this fed into my baking passion and is what spurred me on to apply for the Great British Bake Off!! So please don’t ever think you are not good enough. If you are passionate about baking then apply. Thank you all so much for your support and effort. Dave.’
Keeping her letter short and sweet, Laura branded her time on the show ‘unforgettable’ and shared what she’d learnt during her tenure.
Laura wrote: ‘Wow! What an absolute privilege to bake in that famous white tent alongside 11 fantastic bakers I now get to call my friends. I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have had this life-changing opportunity.
‘It’s been an unforgettable summer and one I will look back on when I am old and grey with such fond memories. If there’s one thing Bake Off has taught me it’s to never let fear, or other people’s opinions, stop you from doing anything. Thank you for the love and support. Laura xxx.’
Thanks guys, we’re weeping now.
Last night’s Bake Off was dedicated to the late contestant Luis Troyano, who died from cancer last month aged 48.
In the final moments of the episode – shortly after Peter was crowned – a picture of Luis was shown, with the simple message: ‘In memory of Luis Troyano. 1971-2020.’
Great British Bake Off is available for catch-up on All 4.
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