Great British Bake Off 2018 WINNER: Rahul Mandal breaks down after winning Channel 4 show

Tonight’s final of The 2018 saw Kim-Joy Hewlett, Rahul Mandal and Ruby Bhogal battle it out to be crowned winner.

After three explosive rounds, Rahul was announced the winner as the finalist’s friends and family gathered outside of the tent.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith were delighted with the winner.

It was the largest crowd a Bake Off final had ever seen, host Noel Fielding announced.

Prue said: “I think the amazing thing about Rahul and why I am so proud of him is that he came in unconfident, but he just kept going, and he never reined in his ambition, he always tried to do a bit more than everybody else, and it paid off.”

Paul added: “He is one of those characters that you will miss when you are not with him.

“You know his intensity sometimes is amazing, and he is so good at what he does, but I don’t think he realises still how good he actually is and I think that’s what’s magic about Rahul.”

At the end of the show, Rahul was shown on the phone with his mother in India breaking the news.

His mother replied that she had been praying continuously that he would win.

The final scene showed Rahul with his parents after the show with his Channel 4 trophy.

Winner Rahul, who is originally from Kolkata, India, now lives in Rotherham.

He said: “I have no idea what the reaction will be back home.

“An Indian paper published a story recently about me taking part, and the family were surprised as I didn’t really tell anyone at home that I was taking part, so they will get a shock when they see the result.”

Rahul added that the show has been a learning experience, saying he had picked up a lot from host Noel.

He said: “I loved Noel’s sense of humour although I didn’t always get what he was talking about.

“But I now know who Luke Skywalker is and what a fist bump is.”

Rahul added: “I watched the final with my parents who are over from India, and friends and colleagues.

“It was very emotional but it was lovely to have the people who have helped me throughout my Bake Off journey watch it with me.

“After winning, at home I wrapped the trophy in a pillowcase, and I am quite messy, so it looked hidden amongst the clothes and laundry in the linen cupboard.”

The  is available to re-watch on All 4 now.

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