Candice Brown is the 2016 winner of hit show ‘The Great British Bake Off’.
The news was announced at the end of the final episode of series seven, which aired last Wednesday (October 26) on BBC One.
The theme of the programme was a Royal Bake Off and the three remaining contestants were asked to complete three challenges ‘to impress the Queen’.
The signature challenge was to make a ‘spectacular’ meringue crown with at least three tiers that was ‘dazzlingly decorated’ and full of fillings.
For the technical challenge, co-judge Mary Barry asked the bakers to create a Victorian sandwich, with a light sponge filled with raspberry jam and buttercream. But there was a twist: the bakers were given just two 20cm tins and ingredients but no recipe, method or instructions.
The finalists then faced their last showstopper task: the most complex one ever seen on Bake Off, with the most bakes ever requested in a challenge.
The assignment was to create a range of bakes (49 in total) for a picnic for her Majesty. The list comprised: one chocolate celebration cake, 12 puff pastry sausage rolls, 12 mini quiches, 12 savoury scones and 12 fruit and custard tarts.
Commenting on her win, 31-year-old Candice, who lives in Bedfordshire and teaches PE at a secondary school said: “I never thought I’d even get on this [show] but I’m standing her now with this [the trophy] and they said my name… and that means more to me than anyone will ever realise. It really does.
“I did it! I’m good. I’m good enough. I honestly don’t know what to say. Thank you. What an opportunity. It’s amazing!”
Mary praised Candice’s determination and passion. She said: “She really has excelled with her wonderful flavours – and everything always looked gorgeous.”
Co-judge Paul Hollywood added: “When you look back at some of Candice’s bakes, they’ve been beautiful. When she nails it, she’s one of the best.”