Peter mentioned John’s victory after judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood named him 2020 champion, and stated that he’d watched the scenes a number of times.
‘When I was 12, watching the show got me into baking big time,’ Peter shared. ‘I think it was series three. It was my favourite ever series of Bake Off.
‘James [Morton] got to the final and John [Whaite] won that one. I’ve rewatched that series probably eight or nine times. I mean, I’m a Bake Off nerd.’
John was delighted by Peter’s comments and revealed his words had ‘given him back some self-belief’.
‘I’m absolutely thrilled for @peter_bakes,’ he penned in a statement shared on social media. ‘From day 1 I thought he had the technique and focus to be the winner.
‘And for him to mention series 3 and my win in the final was overwhelming. No matter how bad we feel about ourselves, you never know that there may be a little kid watching and hoping to achieve the same one day.’
He continued: ‘So Peter’s win made me relive all the joy of winning Bake Off, and in a way has given me back some self-belief that has eroded over the years.
‘So thank you Peter you’ve now deeply inspired me.’
Peter beat Dave Friday and Laura Adlington to the title after an intense final last night.
The trio were put through their paces by Paul and Prue, who tasked them with making custard slices, walnut whirls and a multi-layered showstopper dessert.
Great British Bake Off is available to stream on All 4.
Credit: Original article published here.