The Winner Of 'The Great British Bake Off' Season 12 Was Just Revealed

Spoiler alert for American fans of "The Great British Bake Off" (also known as "The Great British Baking Show" when it streams stateside). The Season 12 finale has just aired in the U.K., and it was nothing short of a nail-biter. Sure, we all knew going into the final episode that the winner would be from among the talented remaining lineup of bakers, including Chigs, Crystelle, and Giuseppe. However, the episode, itself — which we were grateful to be able to witness through the enthusiastic live-blogging of across-the-pond journalists, Scott Bryan and Michael Chakraverty at The Guardian – was tense as the three contenders were tasked with conjuring up a "Mad Hatter's tea party." 

Nevertheless, the results are, as they say, a fait accompli. And now that you have been properly alerted to the spoilers that lay ahead, we shall reveal to you the identity of the talented (and clearly very relieved) baker who took home the "coveted" cake stand, bouquet of flowers, and, of course, the great honor of being crowned the winner of this addictive baking competition. 

Giuseppe Dell'Anno takes the cake

The winner of "The Great British Bake Off" Season 12 was just revealed in real-time by our fellow foodies across the pond over at The Guardian. Mere minutes ago, Giuseppe Dell'Anno was crowned the winner of the season's most important televised amateur baking contest. Although the final episode was a tense battle between three fan favorites, all of whom appeared to be operating from outside their comfort zone as the finale progressed, it was Dell'Anno who ultimately broke ahead of the pack. 

It's not entirely surprising, considering that, throughout the season, Dell'Anno was never "far from the top," according to The Guardian, and "barely broke a sweat, bar the last couple of challenges." Moreover, Dell'Anno has the most baking experience from among his final two competitors, "Chigs" and "Crystelle." In fact, the Italian-born resident of the U.K. is the proud son of a professional baker. As Dell'Anno said in the aftermath of the big reveal, "The fact is that everything I have done to deserve this comes from his heritage," referring to his father (via Radio Times). "It's the best thank you note I can possibly send him."

"There are no words," Dell'Anno also said of his win. "All I can think of is the reaction from my mum and dad."