The Great British Bake Off has been sweeping the nation once again for the past ten weeks, but it has reached the end of its run for this year- and, on the BBC, forever.
This evening the winner of the series was announced in the finale of the sixth season.
Candice Brown, a schoolteacher from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, was crowned the winner after going up against fellow contestants Andrew Smyth and Jane Beedle in the three challenges set by the judges this evening.
The first, the signature challenge, was to create a three-layered meringue crown, followed by a technical challenge to make the perfect Victoria sandwich cake.
The showstopper this week challenged the contestants to create a picnic ‘fit for a queen’, consisting of one chocolate cake, twelve sausage rolls, twelve quiches, twelve scones, and twelve tarts.
Candice may have brought the series to a triumphant close, but many people seem to think things are looking down for the future of the baking show now that it is moving from BBC One to its rival, Channel 4.
With judge Mary Berry and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins leaving the show when it moves, there is a lot of speculation over whether the Great British Bake Off can retain its sizable following.
Richard McKerrow, the creative director of Love Productions, who produce the show, said: “We believe we’ve found the perfect new home for Bake Off.”
Channel 4 plan to broadcast the show for the first time in 2017.
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