The Truth About Jürgen Krauss From 'The Great British Baking Show': Season 12

On November 23, during a "heated" set of baking challenges in the Season 12 finale of "The Great British Baking Show" (aka, "The Great British Bake Off" in the U.K.), Giuseppe Dell'Anno emerged triumphant. Not only did he beat out the original field of 12 talented amateur bakers, but he also bested his semi-finalist contemporaries, Chigs and Crystelle. As we followed the finale's nail-biting moments, thanks to the live blow-by-blow offered by The Guardian as the episode was telecast in the U.K., we couldn't help but entertain a sentimental thought or two. Namely, how it all might have been different if competitor Jürgen Krauss had not been eliminated — to the shock of many — at the end of the penultimate episode a week prior. 

The 56-year-old, German-born resident of Sussex, U.K., who is known for his bread-baking talents (via Radio Times), had endeared himself to many viewers over the course of Season 12. Having been named "Star Baker" of the week on three separate occasions during his run, Krauss had been considered by many to be the favorite for winning the whole competition, according to Extra Ireland and Twisted Food. When he was voted off, some of his fans were so outraged that they accused the competition of being "fixed" (via The Sun). But the truth is that he was actually "relieved" (his word!) that he didn't have to compete in the final round, according to Metro News. Here are some other pearls we learned about this baker that stole the hearts of many.

Jürgen Krauss has many talents outside the kitchen, too

As a result of the television and streaming exposure Jürgen Krauss received over the course of the nine "GBBO" episodes he appeared in this season, he has now become known around the globe for his sweet demeanor and bread-making skills — specifically garnering fame for his Jewish challah bread, according to "The Great British Bake-Off" website. Born in the Black Forest region of Germany, it's said that Krauss first made a home in the U.K. in 2003 with his wife and their son, but when he was unable to find traditional bread from his homeland in his new country, he opted to bake his own and then got to experimenting with more baked goods — and the rest, as they say, is history.

But, in fact, Krauss is quite an accomplished person with many talents and interests. Also according to "The Great British Bake-Off" site, he's a seasoned trombonist and his former life found him working as a physicist (no wonder he's so calculated in his baking!), though he now works in IT. But, his experience on the popular baking show may have given him pause to look towards a new future, as he wrote in a heartfelt exit letter to fans, per Yahoo: "Who wants to fly to the moon if you can be on 'Bake Off?' It was such a fantastic ride. Preparing all the recipes gave me confidence to experiment with flavors in sweet baking, to an extent I've never done before. A huge thank you to all of you for all the kindness and warmth in your response and support." Perhaps we haven't seen the last of him yet — we can only hope.