The Great British Bake Off final figures are DOWN by 2.3 million from 2020 lockdown numbers high… as 6.9 million tune in to see Giuseppe Dell’Anno crowned winner
The broadcaster said the final had a peak audience of eight million viewers and a 37.2% share of the total TV viewing audience.
Last year saw Bake Off enjoy its most watched final on Channel 4, attracting a record average audience of 9.2 million viewers, after viewing figures generally rose during lockdown.
However, the figures matched that of the 2019 final, which was also watched by an average of 6.9 million.
Viewers tuned in Giuseppe Dell’Anno, 45, triumph over fellow contestants Crystelle Pereira, 26, and Chigs Parmar, 40, in arguably the closest ever final of the show.
The chief engineer, who now lives in Bristol, became the first Italian winner after impressing judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith with his consistency and professionalism throughout the competition.
Speaking the morning after his win, Giuseppe said his performance on the show had prompted an emotional response from his usually stoic father.
Giuseppe Dell’Anno (pictured centre), 45, triumphed over fellow contestants Crystelle Pereira, 26, and Chigs Parmar, 40, in arguably the closest ever final of the Channel 4 show tonight
Giuseppe said he was speechless after being announced as this year’s Great British Bake Off winner
The Bake Off winner impressed the judges with his Mad Hatter’s Tea Party showstopper (pictured)
He told Times Radio: ‘There is a message that some family friends collected without me knowing, that was shown to me while we were recording, that you have seen yesterday during the show, from my dad.
‘That is not like him. My dad is very much the strong and silent (type), the archetypal Italian father. He doesn’t speak much.
‘So the fact itself that he got himself to say those lovely things for the camera means that it must have had an effect on him.
‘He’s always been talking in a way – in inverted commas – to my sister and myself through his bakes. And I’ve only realised later in life that that was his way of showing us his love and affection.’
Giuseppe impressed with his Mad Hatter’s Tea Party showstopper – which used both sweet and savoury treats, while showcasing a minimum of four baking disciplines.
The amateur baker opted for a giant tear-and-share brioche mushroom, with mango and passion fruit ‘drink me’ panna cottas, heart-shaped orange and fig muffins, and an asparagus and pea filled choux caterpillar.
He faced a major setback after discovering his oven had not been closed properly and not preheated.
The chief engineer, who now lives in Bristol, became the first Italian winner after impressing judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith (pictured together) with his consistency and professionalism throughout the competition
But despite this and his complicated design, his efforts were well received, with the panna cotta described as ‘stunning’ by Paul, and ‘bliss’ by Prue.
‘That is the most perfect texture for a panna cotta… I’m taking it away with me,’ added Prue, who took an extra helping.
After being crowned the winner, Giuseppe, who is fluent in English, French and Italian, said: ‘I feel it’s been a great year for Italy.
‘I truly can’t believe it or take it in, this has made me so incredibly happy to be a Britalian. Dell’Anno is my surname which translates in English to ‘of the year’ – and I feel this has certainly been my year.’
Giuseppe, who is married with three young sons, was inspired by his father (pictured left), who was a professional chef in Milan, where he was raised
Giuseppe added: ‘All I can think of is the reaction from my mum and dad (pictured). The fact is that everything I have done to deserve this comes from his heritage, it’s the best thank you note I can possibly send him.
Giuseppe, who was inspired by his father a professional chef, said everything he has done is a thank you note to him
Giuseppe, who is married with three young sons, was inspired by his father, who was a professional chef in Milan, where he was raised.
He added: ‘All I can think of is the reaction from my mum and dad. The fact is that everything I have done to deserve this comes from his heritage, it’s the best thank you note I can possibly send him.
‘He is going through a very bad time healthwise, so I think this is going to be a great boost. I don’t say often or lightly that I am proud of what I do, but in this case I am really proud of what I have done. It’s unbelievable!’
Giuseppe (pictured, with Noel) admitted that he isn’t proud of himself often, but is stunned by his achievement
Dame Prue described Giuseppe as a ‘classic, beautiful baker’ who represents a long tradition of classic Italian baking
Impressed with Giuseppe’s showstopper, Paul said: ‘I think it’s simple and effect. It’s quite simple… It’s very Italian in its flavour weirdly enough, I like it.’
Prue added: ‘Delicious… Goodness, that [part]is quite complicated… I’m taking it away with me, absolutely delicious.’
The competition was closer than ever before, with all three finalists having each been named star baker twice and received two Hollywood Handshakes in the lead up to the final.
Giuseppe wowed the judges with his showstopper, which featured various parts to make it a baking masterpiece (pictured)
However, Paul, 55, claimed he spotted the winner in week one.
He said: ‘The first time I walked into the tent and in the first signature I saw his mini rolls, I thought that looks like our winner, you could see the heart and soul going into his baking. He has done an incredible job!’
Dame Prue added: ‘He is such a classic, beautiful baker and he represents a long tradition of classic Italian baking; he has done it brilliantly all the way through.’
The Italians victory comes after Italy won the Euros in July after beating England, and after triumphing in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Dell’Anno’s showstopper included a giant tear-and-share brioche mushroom, with mango and passionfruit ‘drink me’ panna cottas
Dell’Anno was visibly emotional as he was congratulated on his win by fellow contestants Crystelle and Chigs
The latest Bake Off coronation was watched by the show’s crew, who formed a ‘bubble’ in Down Hall Hotel near Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, throughout the duration of filming.
Giuseppe said he would love to ‘crystallise my dad and family’s heritage’ in a cookery book of Italian baking that would draw from his family and their love for baking.
‘It runs through our blood,’ he said. ‘It would be good to know that there would be a cookbook out there for posterity for the Dell’Anno family.’
Bake Off has extended its licence with Channel 4 and Love Productions for a further three years until 2024.
Chigs Parmar, Giuseppe Dell’Anno and Crystelle Pereira when competing to be crowned the winner of the 12th series of the amateur baking competition on Channel 4