'The Great British Bake Off' fans reveal bizarre way they predicted who would win the final

The Great British Bake Off judges and hosts
The Great British Bake Off 2021 has a winner... (Image credit: C4)

The winner of The Great British Bake Off 2021 has been announced, and after a thrilling final where Giuseppe, Crystelle, and Chigs went head to head, it was Giuseppe who is joining the long list of Bake Off winners. 

But while it was a close call, with all three bakers pulling out all of the stops to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, fans already knew that Giuseppe was going to win before the results were announced by hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas - and it's all thanks to a spatula. 

The Great British Bake Off - Giuseppe kissing the spatula

Bet Crystelle and Chigs regret not kissing the spatula now! (Image credit: Channel 4)

Long-time fans of The Great British Bake Off will know that host Noel has a habit of popping up to chat to the bakers when they're at a crisis point in their bakes, often to get them to go along with something silly he has cooked up.

One of his favourite games is getting the bakers to kiss a 'lucky' spatula, and tonight's final saw him bring out his trusty kitchen utensil once again.

But while Chigs and Crystelle both refused to kiss the spatula, with Chrystelle giving it an elbow bump instead, it was only Giuseppe who kissed the spatula, and fans are joking that this is how he won the competition.

Of course, it was his amazing baking skills that lead to Giuseppe being crowned star baker tonight, but that hasn't stopped fans joking on social media that it is the lucky spatula that got him there...

Fans were also in agreement that one of the best bits of The Great British Bake Off final is seeing what all the bakers have been getting up to since they left the tent. 

Every series there is a montage about what each baker has been getting up to, and this year saw Lizzie and Freya going on a Bake Off road trip to see their fellow bakers, while it was also announced that Giuseppe would be releasing a cookbook with his dad. 

Bake Off winner Giuseppe has credited his dad for his passion for baking throughout the series, and now fans have got a cookbook from both of them to look forward to. 

If you missed any episodes of the latest series of The Great British Bake Off, you can catch up on 4OD.

There is also The Great Christmas Bake Off to look forward to, which is coming to Channel 4 next month. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.