Edinburgh student Peter Sawkins is still reeling after being crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2020.
The Scot, the youngest ever contestant to take part on the popular Channel 4 show, told fans last night he felt like a “giddy kid” after his success in the tent was finally broadcast.
And the 20-year-old has sent out a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported him over the past few weeks.
Taking to Instagram, Peter said: “For everyone that I need to thank, I hope you know how much I appreciate you.
“I don’t think I have the capacity right now to properly express my thanks and appreciation so I shall leave it at this. Much love, P x.”
Scottish contestant Peter Sawkins has been crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2020.
Peter beat off stiff competition and baked his way to victory of the eleventh series.
In last night’s nail-biting grand finale, the final three contestants battled it out to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith for one last time.
Of the 12 who showed off their skills during the course of the season, it was Peter who won both the hearts of the judges and viewers at home as he reigned supreme.
Peter joined fellow finalists Dave Friday and Laura Adlington as they attempted the final challenges during a heatwave with temperatures soaring to 36C in the tent.
The trio were tasked to make the perfect custard slice in the signature challenge followed by a walnut whirl in the technical round.
Hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas were on hand to support the finalists during the nerve-wrcking showstopper, which saw the three bakers prove their skills with enormous dessert towers.
Speaking about his victory, Peter said last night it had been a lifelong dream to take part in the show.
He added: “I wanted this a lot, when I was 12 I was watching repeats of Bake Off back to back, and it got me into baking big time.
“I am a Bake Off nerd, and I think 12-year-old Peter would be in awe, and just the most excited giddy kid. I am that excited giddy kid right now.”
Judge Paul Hollywood said at the end of the final: “Peter should be exceptionally proud. He is the youngest winner we have ever had and the first Scottish winner.”
Prue Leith added: “Do you know I am terribly proud of Peter and I feel as if he is my grandson. He is such a nice guy and he is so eager to learn, you can’t not like him.”
The student, who is studying accounting and finance at the University of Edinburgh, has been a fan of the show since he was 12 and first baked cupcakes with his brother aged just four.
Peter has melted hearts throughout the series and was bookies favourite to win at odds of 2/5 ahead of tonight’s final, according to Ladbrokes.
He was a hit with viewers right from the start and consistently impressing the judges and was even rewarded with a coveted Paul Hollywood handshake during the semi-final.
The aspiring baker even got a shout-out from his favourite sportsman after he dedicated his celebrity celebration cake to cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.
The Olympian was impressed with the cake of himself, posting it on Twitter and writing: “Great job Peter, thanks for choosing me.”
Ahead of Tuesday’s final, Peter reflected on his time and said watching it from his Edinburgh flat would be filled with ‘mixed emotions’.
The student wrote: “Looking back through all my showstoppers ahead of the final tonight. What an experience!
“I have some mixed emotions thinking about watching the final episode.
“I will try to focus on the celebration of watching the final, but it also comes with an element of sadness knowing that this is the last time I will watch myself baking with my friends in that tent.
“I feel very lucky to have been able to see the process right through to the end, baking in all 30 challenges and sharing the experience with my amazing baking family and the phenomenal team in the bubble!
“Huge huge thanks to everyone who have supported myself and my fellow bakers along the way.
“Even though we can’t respond to everyone, know that your kindness is really appreciated.”
Winner Peter will appear on Jo Brand’s spin-off The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on Friday 27 November at 8.00 pm on Channel 4.