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Twitter reacts to Rahul Mandal’s Great British Bake Off win


by Grace McGettigan
31st Oct 2018

Rahul Mandal, a research scientist from India, has been crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2018. Despite having little-to-no faith in his own abilities throughout the competition, the worry-wart proved himself to the judges and his peers as an excellent star-baker.

About Rahul

Rahul moved from his home in Kolkata, India to the UK seven years ago on a university scholarship. He later obtained a PhD in optical metrology and is currently working as a research associate at the University of Sheffield.

Now aged 30, Rahul admits he never baked while in India, but learned the skill five years ago because he felt lonely. It was a colleague (with a particular love for Rahul’s lemon drizzle cake) who encouraged him to enter the Great British Bake Off earlier this year.

One of his most noticeable characteristics is his nervousness and lack of self-belief. Each week, Channel 4 viewers saw Rahul apologise unnecessarily to judge Paul Hollywood. Some common phrases include, “I’m very, very very nervous”, “my hands are shaking”, and “oh no, oh no, oh no.”

The final

The final, which aired on Channel 4 last night, saw Rahul compete against finalists Ruby Bhogal and Kim-Joy Hewlett. The trio were tasked with baking doughnuts, bread on an open fire, and an “edible landscape” showstopper. In the end, Rahul’s edible rock garden guaranteed him the winning title.

According to the BBC, last night’s final was watched by an average of 7.5 million people, a slight increase in last year’s figures of 7.3 million. The number of viewers peaked in the last five minutes of last night’s how, with approximately 8.1 million people tuning in to see Rahul be crowned the winner.

The public’s reaction

Twitter users have had very mixed reactions to Rahul’s win; with some saying it’s well deserved, and others insisting Kim Joy should have won instead. See examples below:

Photo: Great British Bake Off, Channel 4

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