He became the youngest ever winner of the Great British Bake Off after the 2020 final aired on Tuesday night.
And Peter Sawkins, 20, has revealed how he celebrated his win, watching the final, which was recorded over the summer, with his university flatmates.
The baker was unable to tell his housemates that he had won the show, and as he explained to Radio 2 they all sat down to watch the final together, as they have done for every episode of the 2020 series.
Winner! GBBO 2020 champion Peter Sawkins, 20, has revealed how he celebrated his win, watching the final, which was recorded over the summer, with his university flatmates
Speaking on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, the University of Edinburgh student explained his three housemates’ epic reaction as they found out he had won at the same time as millions of other viewers on Tuesday.
‘It was great fun, it was just celebrations, lots and lots of cheering so apologies to the flats above and below,’ he laughed. ‘It might have been a bit loud just after 9 o’clock.’
‘We just watched it as we’ve been watching the whole series. It was really nice, it was quite relaxed. It was a shame that we couldn’t do a big party… but we had a lovely time, the four of us in the flat, nice and chilled out.’
‘I made a cake. We ate that alongside it. It was a really lovely time.’
Champ: Peter beat Laura Adlington and Dave Friday in the tense finale, and didn’t tell his uni flatmates he had won before they sat down together to watch the final
He also celebrated virtually with his Bake Off family, revealing the group are still in constant contact.
‘We’ve got the Bake Off bubble WhatsApp group. It’s popping off every day. We’ve just become a wee family, we’ve got so close so fast, we’re all in together, 24 hours a day and it couldn’t be a better group to share the whole experience with.’
Peter beat Laura Adlington and Dave Friday in the tense finale, and he admitted to Radio 2 that while his journey in the tent may have looked like smooth sailing, there were some stressful moments.
‘It was in the quarter final, it was just my bane throughout the entire process, and that was the jelly cake,’ he said of his darkest day.
Star flatmate: ‘It was great fun, it was just celebrations, lots and lots of cheering,’ Peter told Radio 2, adding that he baked a cake for the occasion
‘I’m so proud that I managed to get a standing up jelly cake out, but that one still gives me nightmares everyone once in a while.’
The sizzling summer temperatures also caused issues for the bakers, with Peter explaining that ‘the general rule of thumb is that whatever temperature it is outside, the tent can get 5 to 10 degrees hotter – all the ovens in there, all the cameras, all the people. It gets stinking hot, it’s not particularly pleasant in that respect.’
As for what’s next for the talented baker, Peter insisted he is concentrating on his studies for his accounting and finance degree, explaining: ‘I’ve got an assignment due next Friday, a couple of exams in two weeks’ time, so I think that’s what right next on the agenda!’
The Great British Bake Off finale on Tuesday garnered the show’s largest ever audience since its move from BBC to Channel 4 in 2017.
The official Twitter account for the show shared details of the numbers on the big night, including that peak viewing numbers were 10.4million, an average of 9.2million people tuned in and 63.5% of the share was young viewers.
Everyone’s a winner: The Great British Bake Off finale on Tuesday garnered the show’s largest ever audience since its move from BBC to Channel 4 in 2017