The Great British Bake Off 2019 drew to a close on Tuesday after five weeks of baking battles. 36-year old health advisor David Atherton, 28-year-old Geography teacher Alice Fevronia and 28-year-old shop assistant Steph Blackwell were the finalists aiming to earn themselves a place in Bake Off folklore.
It was Whitby local and underdog, David Atherton who came away with the prestigious crown after he "saved the best till last" with a picnic-themed showstopper that wowed the judges. The 2019 victor failed to win the star baker accolade in every episode until the last but overcame four-time star baker, Steph and two-time winner Alice to unexpectedly win the contest and create a new record. Prue Leith talked up his consistency throughout the show, saying:
“David is an extraordinary baker. Right from the beginning, he has never lost his temper he has always been very neat and organised. It was really a question of the tortoise catching the hare, he just steadily went on and won.”
Twitter reacted with a mixture of shock, surprise, fury and delight, with Yorkshire particularly rejoicing in his victory. Here are just some of the Tweets:
Bake Off fans furious as David Atherton wins show despite never winning star baker as they declare Steph was ‘robbed’ https://t.co/EIZLjxrjU9
— The Sun TV (@TheSunTV) 29 October 2019
Your 2019 GBBO Winner...David Atherton
We've barely given him time to breath but your 2019 winner is already booked in to commence his book tour on Saturday at Waterstones in York, where GBBO fans will be able to get a signed copy of The Big Book of Amazing Cakes. We're sure it's going to a busy time for David with personal appearances, meet and greets and cooking masterclasses all on the agenda. You can add him to yours too today!