Rahul Mandal was crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off on Tuesday night.
The 30-year-old, who took up baking to make friends after moving to the UK from Kolkata aged 23, impressed Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith throughout the show with his ‘East meets West’ inspired bakes.
And despite panicking over pitta breads, having a mango doughnut explosion, and pouring his heart over his showstopper, it was all worth it for the research associate.
But despite earning the most handshakes in the entire series and being crowned star baker in cake and bread week, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Rahul.
Last week, he found himself in hot water from fans who accused him of cheating in the semi-finals.
Viewers noticed the baker may have been bending the roles, as he continued to decorate his creations twice, after hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig called time on the challenges.
But despite the backlash, Rahul was applauded for his cactus show-stopper, pipping competitors Kim-Joy and Ruby Bhogal to the post.