OVER 10 gruelling weeks, contestants from up and down the country set off on a roller-coaster journey to claim the biggest prize in baking - The Great British Bake off 2021 crown.

In what started off as a dozen, the original line-up was whittled down to three - and then just one.

What was once ten became three as Chigs, left, Giuseppe, centre, and Crystelle, right, battled it out to become champion

The three finalists - Italian born, Bristol resident and fan favourite Giuseppe, client relationship manager Crystelle, and sales manager Chigs - all battled it out but only one could win.

The Great British Bake Off 2021 winner was bookies favourite Giuseppe.

A steady pace for a worthy winner, he was never very far from the top and barely broke a sweat, bar the last couple of challenges - including a huge rookie error after his oven turned off when he failed to close the door properly.

Giuseppe's win means the Italians sweep the Eurovision song contest, Euro 2020, the 100m final at the Olympics (as well as being the incredible joint winner in the high jump too) and now, and most importantly of course, The Great British Bake Off throne.

The final showstopper challenge of 2021 tasked the finalists with creating a Mad Hatter's Tea Party display using both sweet and savoury treats, and showcasing a minimum of four baking disciplines.

Giuseppe opted for a giant tear-and-share brioche mushroom, with mango and passionfruit ...drink me... panna cottas, heart-shaped orange and fig muffins, and an asparagus and pea filled choux caterpillar.

The showstopper proved to be a winner after he came bottom in the technical with burnt Belgian buns.

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Who won Star Baker throughout the weeks?

Every week one lucky contestant received Star Baker, a prestige reward from impressing the judges the most that week.

The coveted title can be won multiple times, but only gets given out once a week.

The 2021 winner Giuseppe only won the award twice.

Here's who has won Star Baker -

Week one: Jürgen - after impressing in Cake Week with his mini roll signature, malt loaf technical and physics-defying night-time reading illusion showstopper.Week two: Jürgen - for the second week in a row, he was top pick of the judges after impressing with his chocolate and coffee brandy snaps and his incredibly tall gingerbread windmill.Week three: Giuseppe - The Bristol baker stunned the judges with his incredible performance on Bread Week, receiving the first Hollywood handshake this series.Week Four: Chigs - The Leicestershire man even got the coveted handshake from Paul Hollywood for his pavlova after impressing in Dessert Week.Week Five: Giuseppe - The Italian got his second Star Baker award after impressing the judges with his incredible performance on German Week.Week Six: Crystelle - She won thanks in large part to her showstopper. Her intricate cottage-shaped pie earned her a rare showstopper handshake from Paul Hollywood, who described it as “perfection”.Week Seven: Jürgen - The IT professional fought off competition from Crystelle to win the title, impressing with his caramel showstopper with sugar dome.Week Eight: Chigs - The sales manager just pipped Giuseppe to the post and got his second Star Baker of the competition after impressing on day one with his ice cream sandwich signature bake and coming first in the vegan sausage roll technical.Week Nine: Crystelle got her second star baker after impressing with her colourful entremet and getting a handshake for her layered slice showstopper, which also saw her win a place in the final.Week Ten: GIUSEPPE WINS GBBO 2021

Who was voted off Bake Off throughout the weeks?

Week One: Tom - a 28-year-old developer for his family software company in Kent.Week Two: Jairzeno - a 51-year-old head of finance from London.Week Three: Rochica - 27-year-old junior HR business partner from Birmingham.Week Four: Maggie - a 70-year-old retired nurse and midwife from Dorset.Week Five: Freya - a 19-year-old student from North Yorkshire.Week Six: Amanda - a 56-year-old detective with the Metropolitan Police in London.Week Seven: George - a 34-year-old Shared Lives co-ordinator from London.Week Eight: Lizzie - a 28-year old Car Production Operative from Liverpool.Week Nine: Jürgen - an IT professional who is originally from Germany.Week Ten (FINAL) - Crystelle and Chigs lose out to Giuseppe.

Can I watch The Great British Bake Off on catchup?

You can catch up with any missed episodes on All 4.

On there you can watch the entire 2021 series as well as seeing all the contestants chatting on An Extra Slice.

The final Extra Slice featuring Giuseppe, Chigs and Crystelle will air on Friday, November 16, 2021, at 8pm on Channel 4.

You can also binge watch past series.


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