Syabira wins The Great British Bake Off

Syabira wins GBBO! credit:Bang Showbiz
Syabira wins GBBO! credit:Bang Showbiz

Syabira has won 'The Great British Bake Off.'

The 32-year-old cardiovascular research associate - who is originally from Malaysia but now lives in London - had been taking part in the Channel 4 cooking series and made it through to the final but had impressed judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith so much with her edible sculpture of an orangutan titled 'This Is My Home' that she was crowned the winner.

Immediately after winning on Tuesday's (15.11.22) episode, she said: "I can't believe it honestly hasn't sinked out. It is unbelievable. This is the biggest achievement in my life. All of the hard work and all of the trial and error has been worth it."

Syabira had beaten fellow finalists Abdul and Sandro - who had also been tasked with creating a sculpture cake around the theme of Large Planet - to the title of champion with her multi-layered cake that featured hazelnut chocolate buttercream, tarragon shortbread and was completed with gooseberry meringue and rhubarb and strawberry cream.

The annual contest was won by Giuseppe Dell'Anno in 2021 and has not been won by a woman since Sophie Faldo in 2017 and Syabira explained that she was dedicating her victory to "all the girls" out there and urged them to follow their dreams.

She added: "I'm coming out as a new person after this competition., I became more confident It's been a while since we had a woman winner so there you go all girls, that's for us. We can all do it as long as we work hard and follow our heart."

Explaining why Syabira won, Paul Hollywood said: "All of the flavours she used were so different. Some of them I've never even had in that tent before!" while Prue remarked: "She is creative, she is careful and she practices like anything and she's imaginative. She has the lot and she is a very skilful baker."