The Great British Bake Off (or The Great British Baking Show if you are in the US) is over for another season, and what a season it has been. We've had baking disasters and amazing masterpieces — and the final saw Abdul, Sandro and Syabira battling it out to be crowned The Great British Bake Off winner of 2022.
The Great British Bake Off 2022 is the 13th series of the baking contest and with everything from custard week to Mexican week, there hasn't been a dull moment as the contestants battled it out to get a Hollywood Handshake or be crowned Star Baker. But now the series has come to an end and we have a winner!
Here is everything you need to know about The Great British Bake Off 2022...
*WARNING — final episode spoilers below for The Great British Baking Show fans in the US*
Who won The Great British Bake Off 2022?
The Great British Bake Off 2022 crowned Syabira the winner after she went head-to-head with Abdul and Sandro in the final. The trio were asked to assemble the perfect picnic for the signature challenge and create a Summer Pudding Bombe for the technical. For the final challenge, the bakers had to make a sculpture in line with the theme of Our Beautiful Planet, with Syabira impressing the judges with an orangutang which she named This Is My Home. Speaking about why Syabira won the series judge Prue Leith said: "She is creative and she is careful, she practices like anything and she is imaginative, she just has the lot. She is a very skillful baker."
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The Great British Bake Off 2022 — when is the final on?
The Great British Baking Show final will air on Friday, November 18 in the US on Netflix. All episodes of the season so far are also available to stream on Netflix.
In the UK you can catch up on the whole season of The Great British Bake Off 2022 on All4.
The Great British Bake Off 2022 — who are the bakers?
Here are the 12 bakers who have been battling it out in the Bake Off tent each week. Their names are Will, Abdul, Carole, James, Kevin, Maxy, Rebs, Syabira, Dawn, Janusz, Maisam and Sandro and you can see them all in the picture below...
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Janusz, Headteacher PA, 34
Janusz grew up in Poland and loves bringing flavors of his homeland into British staples. Janusz made it to the semi-finals.
Syabira, Cardiovascular Researcher, 32
Avid gamer Syabira makes British classics with a nod to her Malaysian heritage. Syabira was crowned the 2022 winner.
Dawn, IT Manager, 60
Dawn is highly creative with her designs and enjoys creating illusions with her cakes. Dawn went out in week 6.
Will, Former Charity Director, 45
Will made his first jam tarts when he was two, and often puts yeast into his bakes. Will was the first baker to leave the white tent.
Abdul, Electronics Engineer, 29
Raised in Saudi Arabia, salsa dancer Abdul is interested in the chemistry of baking. Abdul made it to the 2022 final.
Carole, Supermarket Cashier, 59
Green-fingered Carole bakes cakes that are inspired by her love of gardening. Carole went out in week 5.
Maisam, Student and Sales Assistant, 18
Libya-born Maisam first baked at the age of 13 and likes using Mediterranean flavors. Maisam went out in week 2.
Kevin, Music Teacher, 33
A keen baker since he was 17, Kevin frequently works with seasonal ingredients. Kevin went out in week 7.
James, Nuclear Scientist, 25
Scot James brings his passion for music and horror films to his culinary creations. James went out in week 4.
Sandro, Nanny, 30
Angolan Sandro started baking after his father died, and he also runs classes for autistic children. Sandro made it through to the 2022 final.
Maxy, Architectural Assistant, 29
Mum-of-two Maxy hails from Sweden and gives a Scandinavian twist to her bakes. Maxy went out in week 8.
Rebs, Masters Student, 23
Rebs remembers baking with her mum when she was three, and now she bakes to de-stress. Rebs went out in week 4.
The Great British Bake Off 2022 — who are the judges?
Dame Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood returned to put the bakers through their paces with more Signature, Technical and Showstopper challenges. They have both been keeping their beady eyes out for any soggy bottoms, while Paul has been handing out his famous Hollywood Handshakes.
The Great British Bake Off 2022 — who are the presenters?
After showing off his baking prowess — or lack of — when he took part in The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer earlier this year as a last-minute replacement for another celebrity, Matt Lucas is glad to be back on hosting duties in this latest series. Also presenting alongside Matt is Noel Fielding.
What are the themed weeks on The Great British Bake Off 2022?
As always Bake Off is going to have a number of themed weeks, but as well as the familiar ones there will be some new themes added in. The first episode saw the bakers tackle Cake Week, but we have also had Biscuit Week, Bread Week, Mexican Week, Desserts Week, Halloween Week, Custard Week, Pastry Week and Patisserie Week.
Who has left The Great British Bake off 2022?
*WARNING — spoilers for who has left the show below!*
Each week we will sadly lose a baker as one contestant is crowned Star Baker. Here is a round-up of who has left the competition so far this season.
Who left in week 1 — Cake Week?
Sadly, Will was the first of the bakers to leave the famous tent in week one. Despite making a great Showstopper, he struggled when his Italian meringue buttercream kept separating and unfortunately Paul and Prue chose him to go home first. "Somebody has got to go first and obviously I am disappointed but I am proud to have made it," he said following his exit.
Janusz won the first Star Baker award of the season after impressing with his 'Home Is Where The Flowers Grow' cake.
Who left in week 2 — Biscuit Week?
Biscuit week saw this year's youngest contestant, 18-year-old Maisam, leave the show. After struggling with her carrot-shaped macarons, Maisam was then chosen as the second person to leave the white tent, despite making a beautiful edible mask in the showstopper challenge. Speaking of her time on the show, Maisam said: "I think I'm definitely proud as I'm only 18, so at this age, I've done something to be proud of. This is not the end of my baking journey, it's where it starts."
Maxy won her first Star Baker crown after impressing with her illusion macarons and garibaldi biscuits.
Who left in week 3 — Bread Week?
In a surprise twist, no one left the famous white tent on Bread Week after both Rebs and Abdul were forced to temporarily pull out of the show due to being unwell. Insisting that it would be unfair on the other bakers if someone was eliminated with two contestants missing, Noel and Matt announced everyone was safe and had made it through to week four.
Janusz was named Star Baker in Bread Week, marking his second Star Baker win of the series so far.
Who left in week 4 — Mexican Week?
Mexican Week is a new addition to the Bake Off schedule, and it turns out it wasn't a welcome change for Rebs and James after they were both voted out of the show. Speaking of his exit, James joked: "You either love or hate Mexican food, so I think you would love or hate Mexican week. And I have to admit I hated it!" Rebs added: "I think three of us Bakers were in danger, and poor James did have a nightmare. I was mainly sad because I didn’t get to do Dessert Week, because that alongside Bread Week were the weeks I was most looking forward to."
Maxy was crowned Star Baker in Week 4, after seriously impressing in Mexican Week.
Who left in Week 5 — Dessert week?
Dessert week saw Carole leave the famous white tent, while Sandro earned himself the title of Star Baker.
Who left in Week 6 — Halloween week?
Halloween Week proved too much for Dawn and she was the sixth person to lave the tent, while Syabira earned herself her first Star Baker title.
Who left in Week 7 — Custard week?
Week 7 was Custard Week and saw Kevin bow out of the show, while Syabira earned herself another Star Baker title, holding onto the crown for a second week running.
Who left in Week 8 — Pastry week?
Week 8 saw Maxy leave the tent after an amazing eight weeks of baking in the white tent. While Pastry Week might have been too much for Maxy, Syabira once again was names Star Baker for the third consecutive week.
Who left in Week 9 (Semi Final) — Patisserie week?
Sadly it was Janusz who fell at the last hurdle and went out in the Semi-Finals of this season. Patisserie Week saw the bakers put under enormous pressure but Abdul proved he had what it takes by winning his first-ever Star Baker title.
Who won The Great British Bake Off 2021?
Season 12 saw talented Italian Giuseppe Dell'Anno take home the trophy after beating Crystelle Pereira and Chigs Parmar in the final, which aired last autumn. Giuseppe’s cookery book, Giuseppe's Italian Bakes, will be released on October 13 2022.
The Great British Bake Off 2022 — is there a trailer?
Yes! You can see all the bakers in action as things start to heat up in the tent. There is also the small matter of Paul Hollywood casting his critical eye over the bakes, too...
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