David Atherton Is Crowned Winner Of 'Great British Bake Off' 2019
*This article contains spoilers for The Great British Bake Off 2019 final.*
After 10 long weeks of floury hands, soggy bottoms, and countless garish shirts courtesy of Noel Fielding, we finally have our Great British Bake Off 2019 winner: David Atherton.
David fought off stiff competition from series runner-ups Steph and Alice to be crowned the champ by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in Tuesday's episode.
The baking show final began with the contestants settling down to make the ultimate chocolate cake for their Signature Bake.
The competition was still tough to predict after the Signature Bake came to a conclusion, as the judges felt David's bake was 'too boozy', Alice's 'clumsy' and Steph's cake was a little 'over-baked'.
Next, the final three were tasked with whipping up a twice-baked Stilton cheese soufflé (a baker's Everest of sorts) for their Technical Challenge as set by Paul.
David came out on top during this round, after Steph's soupy soufflé disaster left her in tears and bottom of the pile, while Alice's offerings also failed to impress the judges earning her second.
There were more tears for Alice, after her parents told her they might not be able to fly in from Dublin for the finale after their flight was cancelled last minute. Thankfully, there were able to make it.
Emotions were high and the finalists set to work on their final showstopper: an edible illusion picnic basket before presenting to all of this year's former contestants, their families and friends.
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David was the clear front-runner here, while Steph was again overcome with emotion over the judge's harsh critiquing.
Going into the final week, the bookies had banked on Steph to take the Bake Off crown with strong 4/5 odds at Ladbrokes.
"Steph has consistently been the best baker in the tent, even on her weaker bakes, and it'd be a huge surprise if she didn't land the prize," the betting company told Metro.
Alice followed with 3/1 odds to win the show having won Star Baker twice, while David, who hadn't won the Star Baker accolade once, was given 4/1 odds.
Tonight's emotional roller coaster of a final came amid earlier GBBO romance speculation among viewers.
Yes, viewers have a theory that Henry Bird might be seeing Michael Chakraverty after finalist Alice Fevronia shared a photo on her Instagram story of the former contestants cuddling while baking a batch of brownies.
At first, people thought Alice and Henry were an item after they were spotted sharing a hug during pastry week.
The two GBBO stars are yet to confirm their rumoured romance, and, of course, there's also every possibility they could just be close friends.
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