Giuseppe reaches TV Bake Off final
Giuseppe with his edible Leaning Tower of Pisa
EMERSONS Green engineer Giuseppe Dell’Anno made the final of the Great British Bake Off after coming through a controversial semi-final.
Giuseppe, who has spent eight years working at the National Composites Centre in Emersons Green, made it into the last three as early favourite Jurgen Krauss, who had won the star baker accolade three times, lost out.
After securing his place, Giuseppe said: “I’m scared sockless but I’m really, really - happy is not the right word - I’m over the moon.
“I just want to make the best out of it and have a really good time (in the final).”
Like fellow finalists Chigs and Crystelle, Giuseppe received another handshake from judge Paul Hollywood for his layered slice tiramisu-themed signature dish, and came second to Jurgen in the technical challenge for his sable Breton tart.
For his showstopper themed banquet entremets dessert Giuseppe again drew on his Italian heritage to create an edible puffed rice Leaning Tower of Pisa centrepiece.
The decision by the judges to let Jurgen go before the final shocked his fellow contestants and sparked howls of protest from some of the shows fans on social media but the German baker said he “saw it coming” and afterwards said being on the show had been “such a fantastic ride”.
All episodes of the Great British Bake Off, which is showing on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4, have been pre-filmed.
The final was due to be screened on Tuesday, November 23.
Father-of-three Giuseppe rose to the role of chief engineer at the National Composites Centre in Emersons Green over eight years after joining in 2013 as a research engineer.
He was also an industrial fellow at Bristol University between 2019 and July this year.