Syabira Yusoff has been named the winner of the Great British Bake Off.
he, a 32-year-old cardiology research associate from London, beat out Sandro Farmhouse and Abdul Rehman Sharif in the final episode of the Channel 4 baking competition to take home the top prize.
After being awarded the title in the third episode, Syabira said, “Thank you very much. I can’t believe it, honestly it hasn’t sunk in yet, this is the greatest achievement of my life.
“All the hard work, trial and error, all worth it. I am very, very proud.”
Throughout the series, Syabira has made her mark in the tent with her unique flavors and unique baking style, earning her baking star for three consecutive weeks.
When asked what it was like to be in the Bake Off final round, Syabira described it as like a “lottery jackpot”.
“I’ve never come out on top in any competitions or any classes I take so maybe baking is my hidden talent that I didn’t discover until recently,” she says.
The amateur bakers had a collective hug before embarking on their final cakes in the series in which co-host Noel Fielding was absent.
Co-host Matt Lucas said: “Unfortunately Noel-ipops isn’t feeling well so he’s not here today, hopefully he’ll feel better later and will join us I.”
The final featured challenge saw the finalists tasked with creating a summer picnic using seasonal ingredients from across the UK to showcase sustainability.
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The three-hour quest included making six mini pastries, six individual veggie scones and six finger sandwiches made from a classic white loaf making it the “most challenging signature ever.” seen in a baking final.”
Syabira created a “pork-free pie” using eggplant and mushrooms, broad beans with coriander sauce, and a heart-shaped salsa verde sandwich that judge Dame Prue Leith called “unusual.” but “really delicious”.
When posing the final two-hour technical challenge, judge Paul Hollywood said: “You only have this one time, try not to mess it up.”
Syabira came in second after her summer pudding bomb wasn’t set, meaning Abdul secured her first technical challenge in the series.
The 29-year-old electronics engineer from London maintained consistency throughout the competition and was awarded the star baker for the first time in the semi-finals.
The Final Performer Challenge of 2022 tasked the finalists to create a large edible sculpture themed “our beautiful planet” with a display that includes includes a large cake stand and displays at least three baking disciplines.
The mission saw Fielding’s return as co-host, who said, “I can’t miss this, I can’t miss the finale.”
Syabira chose the image of an orangutan holding an entire forest.
Commenting on the black pepper genoise sponge covered with chocolate buttercream and hazelnuts, Hollywood said: “It tastes really good.”
Meanwhile, Dame Prue described the orangutan’s head, made up of tarragon toast, as “lovely, greasy and very crunchy”.
Overall, Hollywood said: “It’s not the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen, but your taste is amazing.”
Elsewhere, Dame Prue described Abdul’s choux cakes on his bumblebee-inspired display as a “real failure”, but called his cookies is a “victory”.
Hollywood described Sandro’s final dish as “a bit messy” and his lemon sponge with plum mix was overcooked for 5 minutes, but said the taste was “great”.
He added: “I think you had a hard time with some things today but you managed to do quite a bit during that time.”
Sandro, a 30-year-old nanny from London, was the first finalist to win the baker star award and impressed the judges with beautifully decorated cakes throughout the series.
Moving from war-torn Angola to start a new life in London at a young age, Sandro says: “Based on my background and where I live, that was one of my doubts when I applied.
“I thought this would never really happen to a boy like me from start to finish.
“But it’s bigger than me. Being able to get here shows other young men and women in the same situation that they can too.”
After two years of Covid restrictions, the finale meant friends and family gathered at the Welford Park Estate alongside previous contestants from the series to congratulate the winner.
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