Great British Bake Off fans slam result after ‘most marketable’ contestant Matty wins as they claim Josh was robbed of being named champion
Great British Bake Off viewers slammed the final result on Tuesday when Matty was announced at the winner, with fans insisting Josh should have won.
Matty, a 28-year-old teacher, was crowned the Bake Off champion after he overcame competition from Josh and Dan to win the Channel 4 series.
While judges Paul Hollywood, 57, and Dame Prue Leith, 83, heaped praise on Matty after they chose him as the winner, some fans of the show were not so convinced.
Many took to social media to complain about the result, insisting it should have been Josh who won the show.
One person wrote: ‘They clearly wanted the person who would promote the show best to win. He’s definitely not the best baker, that’s Josh, but that’s tv.’
Great British Bake Off viewers slammed the final result on Tuesday when Matty was announced at the winner, with fans insisting Josh (pictured) should have won
Matty (pictured), a 28-year-old teacher, was crowned the Bake Off champion after he overcame competition from Josh and Dan to win the Channel 4 series
Someone else shared: ‘We all love it when the under dog wins & happy for Matty, but I feel for Josh, that trophy should have been his.’
‘I think Matty is such a lovely young man but I think Josh was robbed,’ wrote another viewer, while someone else posted: ‘Josh was robbed because Matty is a better fit for TV.’
Another show fan commented: ‘Not convinced the right baker was crowned this evening. Josh was my winner from Day 1. Excellent series to watch however…’
And someone else wrote: ‘Matty is a great bloke but based on what we’ve just seen, Josh was robbed.’
‘I was rooting for Matty through the whole series (we’re from the same city) so I’m so happy for him. I am disappointed for Josh though because he had been the most consistent,’ noted someone else.
Someone else shared: ‘Well deserved win to Matty but Josh was always my winner.’
While another viewer wrote: ‘Happy for Matty but as usual the most marketable person wins. Josh clearly had the best bakes this week.’
‘Nooooo i’m actually gutted, Josh deserved to win so much,’ insisted another viewer.
While judges Paul Hollywood, 57, and Dame Prue Leith, 83, heaped praise on Matty after they chose him as the winner, some fans of the show were not so convinced
Matty was crowned the Bake Off champion after he overcame competition from Josh and Dan to win the Channel 4 series.
After being named the winner, Matty said: ‘I don’t know what to say … everyone said you should go on Bake Off and I thought it was a throwaway comment and never really listened to it.
‘I never thought I would be on the show let alone win it!’
Paul heaped praise on Matty after he was crowned the winner.
The chef noted that Matty got ‘better and better’ throughout the series.
He said: ‘He just got better and better and better and if you are going to smash it you do it in the last challenge, and that is exactly what he did.’
Dame Prue was also full of praise for the new Bake Off winner.
She said: ‘I have never met a more cheerful, smiling, uncomplaining and willing baker.
‘He was just having such a good time, learning as much as he could, taking on board everything either of us said.’
Matty managed to wow the judges with his showstopper cake.
Despite this, the teacher joked that his eye-catching effort was leaning a bit for ‘dramatic effect’.
Dame Prue said: ‘What a great cake.’
‘Without a shadow of doubt I was the official underdog throughout the series so I think everyone was surprised when I made it to the final and then won it,’ Matty said after winning
Matty was chosen by Great British Bake Off judges Paul Hollywood (left) and Dame Prue Leith (right) to win the show
Matty impressed the judges with his huge celebration cake showstopper which was the final round of the competition
Josh crested a colourful pastel tiered cake during the celebration cake showstopper in Tuesday’s final
Matty beat Dan (pictured) to triumph in the choux pastry signature bake challenge and the celebration cake showstopper
Paul described the cake as being ‘absolutely delicious’.
Elsewhere, Dan made a lemon drizzle cake. However, the sponge cracked on his effort and Dan was told that the lemon flavour needed to be stronger.
Meanwhile, Josh’s Slice For All Seasons cake received a mixed response from the judges.
Paul observed that the ‘the pipe work is not very neat’, while the flavours were simply described as ‘adequate’.
GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2023: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?
Occupation: Participation officer
Bake Off presenters have learnt sign language as the show welcomes its first ever deaf contestant.
Tasha, 27, is a participation officer from Bristol and will be joining the show with her BSL interpreter, Daryl.
She said: ‘When I had the Zoom call to tell me I was one of the 12, I cried. Daryl also cried. We were a mess.’
Occupation: Deli and grocery manager
From: North London
Amos describes his bakes as a labour of love – his style is colourful and chic with keen attention to detail, and he loves exploring different flavour profiles.
He compares his baking style to the converted church that he now lives in, calling both his style and home ‘traditional with a modern twist’.
Occupation: University student
From: West Yorkshire
‘Go big, or go home’ is student Rowan’s motto, and one that he has always applied to his bakes.
A student of English literature, when he’s not writing up a storm, Rowan is also a keen host, applying his creative eye to his cooking.
Occupation: Vegetable grower and delivery driver
A lover of the great outdoors, she forages for seasonal ingredients and puts her homegrown veg to good use.
Abbi’s bakes aim to combine comfort and familiarity with a strong nod towards nature, and a feeling of creating something magical – bakes with a touch of fairytale.
From: East London
For Cristy, life with four children means that there always seems to be a birthday to bake for and an exciting party to plan.
She describes her baking style as enchanted and pretty – bakes that conjure up a sense of childhood.
Occupation: Civil engineering resource planner
Perfectionist Dan loves a baking challenge and will often find the hardest bake in one of his 300 cook books.
When he’s not baking, he loves to play football with his two young sons or forage for edible treats in the countryside.
Occupation: Database administrator
She loves a semi-naked cake with neat lines, pretty piping and minimalist decoration; and although she likes to keep her flavours safe, Dana will often incorporate a twist or two, adding in familiar spices associated with her Indian heritage.
Occupation: Post-doctoral research associate
Post-doctoral research associate Josh is a chemist by trade and brings his scientist’s precision and keenness to experiment into the kitchen, taking careful notes on each part of the baking process.
Occupation: Chartered accountant
Keith has a penchant for apple pies and fairy cakes – which he learned to bake with his mum.
The treats form the baking backdrop to Keith’s childhood, along with his mum’s love for traditional dishes from her home in Malta.
Occupation: PE and science teacher
He describes his style as rustic but neat, and his flavour preferences as quite traditional – he particularly loves chocolate, citrus and nuts.
Once his days in the tent are over, his nex challenge will be to make his own wedding cake.
Occupation: Retired cabin crew and volunteer
From: West Midlands
Her favourite bakes are pastries, but she also loves making fun birthday cakes for her niece and grandchildren.
When she’s not baking, Nicky volunteers for a pet-therapy charity along with her dog Bracken and loves to ski, which she has been doing since she was only three years old.
Occupation: Intelligence analyst
At her family home in Sri Lanka, Saku didn’t have an oven until she was 18, so she turned to baking only when she moved with her husband to the UK, in 2003.
Self-taught, she relishes using her homegrown ingredients from her vegetable patch.
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