Peter Sawkins says winning GBBO left him like "a giddy kid"

Youngest ever bake-off winner, Peter Sawkins, said his win in last night’s finals made him feel like a “dizzy kid”.

The 20-year-old has been a fan of the show since he was 12 – and baked cupcakes for the first time with his four-year-old brother.

Stunned Peter said, “I really wanted that. When I was 12, I watched bake off reps back to back.

“It made me bake a lot. I think 12 year old Peter would be full of awe and just the most excited dizzy kid. I’m that excited, dizzy kid right now. “

Peter, who calls himself “Bake Off Nerd”, competed in the final against Dave Friday (30) and Laura Adlington (31).

They had to make a characteristic pudding slice, a walnut swirl in the technical round and dessert towers for the final.

Scot Peter’s whiskey and Scottish oat Cranachan pudding slice got him off to a flying start. But his showstopper bubble cake delighted the judges.

He built on a Victoria sandwich sponge with strawberry cream and made the middle layer of blackberry and lemon choux buns while mini Battenberg cookies completed the top layer.

Peter from Edinburgh admitted, “I never thought I could win this. I was so focused on what I was doing I had no idea what the other two were doing.

“The tent felt so bare, we were so far apart. It was so different from the first week when we were 12.

“Dave and Laura supported us so much in the final – it was good to have that.”

Judge Paul Hollywood said Peter should be “exceptionally proud”. He said: “He’s the youngest winner we’ve ever had and the first Scottish winner.”

Co-judge Prue Leith added, “I’m terribly proud of Peter – I feel like he’s my grandson. You can’t like him.”

As he stepped off the show’s bubble, Peter faced a fearful trip to Scotland so as not to reveal that he had won.

He said, “I had to smuggle the trophy on the plane. I was a little stressed when we went through the scanners.

“Hope I made Scotland proud. I enjoyed using Scottish flavors and themes throughout the competition.”

Peter, who studied accounting at the University of Edinburgh, watched the Channel 4 finale with roommates – and pastries.

He said of filming in a bubble of 120 people: “It was intense but fun.

You saw Paul on his moped, the crew did yoga – it was like an adult summer camp. “


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