An Italian engineer, whose father was a professional chef in Milan, has taken home The Great British Bake Off title 2021.
Giuseppe Dell’Anno, 45, triumphed over fellow contestants Crystelle Pereira, 26, and Chigs Parmar, 40, in arguably the closest ever final of the Channel 4 show tonight.
The chief engineer, who now lives in Bristol, became the first Italian winner after impressing judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith with his consistency and professionalism throughout the competition.
After excelling in last week’s semi-final – winning a Hollywood handshake for his signature bake – Dell’Anno continued in the same fashion.
Giuseppe Dell’Anno (pictured centre), 45, triumphed over fellow contestants Crystelle Pereira, 26, and Chigs Parmar, 40, in arguably the closest ever final of the Channel 4 show tonight
The chief engineer, who now lives in Bristol, became the first Italian winner after impressing judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith (pictured together) with his consistency and professionalism throughout the competition
His take on the classic carrot cake with a fig and walnut jam was commended for it’s ‘delicious flavour’, despite it being warm when he put it together.
And although he was placed last in the technical challenge – having over baked his Belgian Buns – Dell’Anno impressed once again with his Mad Hatter’s Tea Party showstopper.
‘I feel it’s been a great year for Italy,’ Dell’Anno, who is fluent in English, French and Italian, said last night.
‘I truly can’t believe it or take it in, this has made me so incredibly happy to be a Britalian. Dell’Anno is my surname which translates in English to ‘of the year’ – and I feel this has certainly been my year.’
Dell’Anno, who is married with three young sons, was inspired by his father, who was a professional chef in Milan, where he was raised.
Dell’Anno, who is married with three young sons, was inspired by his father (pictured left), who was a professional chef in Milan, where he was raised
Dell’Anno added: ‘All I can think of is the reaction from my mum and dad (pictured). The fact is that everything I have done to deserve this comes from his heritage, it’s the best thank you note I can possibly send him.
Giuseppe Dell’Anno (pictured), who was inspired by his father a professional chef, said everything he has done is a thank you note to him
He added: ‘All I can think of is the reaction from my mum and dad. The fact is that everything I have done to deserve this comes from his heritage, it’s the best thank you note I can possibly send him.
‘He is going through a very bad time healthwise, so I think this is going to be a great boost.
‘I don’t say often or lightly that I am proud of what I do, but in this case I am really proud of what I have done. It’s unbelievable!’
The competition was closer than ever before, with all three finalists having each been named star baker twice and received two Hollywood Handshakes in the lead up to the final.
Giuseppe (pictured, with Noel) admitted that he isn’t proud of himself often, but is stunned by his achievement
Dame Prue described Giuseppe as a ‘classic, beautiful baker’ who represents a long tradition of classic Italian baking
However, Hollywood, 55, claimed he spotted the winner in week one.
He said: ‘The first time I walked into the tent and in the first signature I saw his mini rolls, I thought that looks like our winner, you could see the heart and soul going into his baking. He has done an incredible job!’
Dame Prue added: ‘He is such a classic, beautiful baker and he represents a long tradition of classic Italian baking; he has done it brilliantly all the way through.’
The Italians victory comes after Italy won the Euros in July after beating England, and after triumphing in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Bake Off extended its licence with Channel 4 and Love Productions for a further three years until 2024.
Chigs Parmar, Giuseppe Dell’Anno and Crystelle Pereira when competing to be crowned the winner of the 12th series of the amateur baking competition on Channel 4
The trio were hoping to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith during a final round of signature, technical and showstopper tasks
Last week saw three-time star baker Jurgen eliminated, leaving fans devastated by his departure, which came as a shock considering he was the frontrunner.
Speaking about his time on the show and his exit in the semi-final, Jurgen said: ‘I feel kind of OK… I kind of saw it coming. I think the others are more shocked than I am.
‘It has been incredible and I have really enjoyed being here. I have made friends for life, and I will be with them in spirit.’
The German physicist was considered a favourite to win the show outright but failed to impress during the patisserie-themed semi-final.