Magnifico (and gert lush), Giuseppe!

December 22 2021

Giuseppe with fellow Bake Off finalists Crystelle Pereira and Chigs Parmar, judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas Photo: Channel 4

Giuseppe  with fellow Bake Off finalists Crystelle Pereira and Chigs Parmar, judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas Photo: Channel 4

THE Bristol area's first winner of the Great British Bake Off shared the moment his win was revealed with customers of a city pub.
Giuseppe Dell'Anno worked at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green before heading to the Bake Off tent. He rose to the role of chief engineer at the National Composites Centre after joining in 2013.
And he joined another Bake Off favourite from Bristol, Briony May Williams, and members of the show's production team to watch the final live on Channel 4 on a big screen at the Gloucester Old Spot in Horfield,.
Giuseppe left his role at the National Composites Centre before joining the group of 12 Bake Off contestants in the summer.
He now has an engineering job in Milan in his native Italy, where he took time to catch up with his parents after his win.
But the 45-year-old baker's family still live in the Bristol area - and since his win was revealed, he has been a frequent guest on TV shows and parties.
After his win Giuseppe acknowledged the support he received from the Bristol area.
He said: "Being the first Britalian winner is amazing, as I have had so much support from Bristol and Italy - I have had lots of local people getting in touch and thanking me for putting Bristol on the map.
"But equally Italians all over the UK, saying it’s great to be representing our culture in such a high-profile show, has been really heart warming.  The Italian community in the UK is pretty massive, there are quite a few of us."
Giuseppe's former colleagues at the National Composites Centre hailed his win, posing on social media: "With absolutely no apologies we'd like to scream a giant 'yeeeees' watching our very own Giuseppe Dell'Anno win Great British Bake Off.
"Giuseppe has been our friend and colleague for years and it's safe to say there was not a dry eye in the house. Congratulations to our amazing friend. You were always our Star Baker."
Giuseppe won the final over Crystelle Pereira and Chigs Parmar after the early favourite, Jurgen Krauss, was eliminated in the semi-final.  
Giuseppe said: "I think we all saved the best till last and we all put our heart and soul into it.  In the semi final it was a shock departure when Jurgen left and I think that made us all raise our game."
After making a signature carrot cake, and producing Belgian buns in the contest's technical round - despite overbaking them - Guiseppe came out on top after a showstopper challenge to create a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party showing four different baking disciplines.
The final drew in 9.3 million viewers to Channel 4, with another 1.5m on the broadcaster's catch-up service.
Judge Paul Hollywood said he had earmarked Giuseppe as a potential winner from the very first bake of Episode One, saying: "I saw his mini rolls, I thought that looks like our winner - you could see the heart and soul going into his baking."
Fellow judge Prue Leith said: "He is such a classic beautiful baker and he represents  a long tradition of classic Italian baking he has done it brilliantly all the way through.  I am going home to make much more Italian cakes because they really are good."
After his win was revealed Giuseppe said it had left him "speechless for once", adding: "All I can think of is the reaction from my mum and dad.  The fact is that everything I have done to deserve this comes from his heritage, it’s the best thank-you note I can possibly send him.
"I feel it’s been a great year for Italy.  I truly can’t believe it or take it in, this has made me so incredibly happy to be a Britalian.   
"Dell’Anno is my surname which translates in English to of the year – and I feel this has certainly has been my year."