Nancy Birtwhistle has been crowned as the winner of this year’s Great British Bake-Off.
The 60-year-old grandmother from Lincolnshire beat two male rivals – favourite Richard Burr and Luis Troyano – to claim the title.
She said that she “couldn’t remember what happened” when her name was announced and called it “one of the best things” she has done in her life.
This series of the popular show saw it screened on BBC One for the first time.
The programme has become a ratings hit, regularly pulling in around nine million viewers.
Bake Off judge Mary Berry said Nancy had proved “consistent throughout” the weeks of competition, adding her “quiet determination saw her through”.
“It was a close run when it came to judging the final, but Nancy is deservedly our winner and I must admit that I have been inspired by her baking.”
Fellow judge Paul Hollywood added: ”Nancy has been confident, creative and unafraid as a baker and that showed from the very start.
“In one of my judgings I called her close to perfection, so that says it for me.”
Both judges agreed that the class of 2014 had proved “exceptional” and “a joy to judge”.
The final three competitors were pushed to the limit with a series of baking challenges, including signature Viennoiserie, Mini Tarte Au Citron, Mini Victoria Sponges, Mini Scones, and the piece de resistance showstopper cake.
Nancy’s advice to wannabe Bake Off contestants is: “Baking isn’t difficult, you have to just keep trying and practising. I am still learning techniques even now, and I can sometimes make a complete mess of things!
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Source:: BBC Entertainment