The Great British Bake Off's Matty Edgell tells Jayne Middlemiss about his win: "The whole thing is so surreal"

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18 Dec 2023, 17:59

The Great British Bake Off's Matty Edgell opens up about being crowned winner: "The whole thing was just so surreal"

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The Great British Bake Off winner Matty Edgell has shared what winning the show was really like. The amateur baker from Cambridgeshire, who beat rivals Dan Hunter and Josh Smalley in the all-male final, told Virgin Radio’s Jayne Middlemiss that it's all 'a blur'.

The winner of series 14 wowed judges Dame Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood with his baking expertise, but can't quite believe it's all real.

The PE teacher from Peterborough told our Jayne Middlemiss: "The whole thing was just is so surreal. To look back on it now, it's like a big blur. But yeah, it was the best experience I've ever had."

On his wonky final cake, he said: "There's such a long time between finishing and then being judged. And when I left it, it was straight and then I came back and it was... and I'm sure as time was going on, it was getting more and more. If I wasn't judge sooner, [it would have been] on the floor!"

Matty Edgell

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The baking star revealed recently that he has popped the question to his girlfriend, Lara, who signed him up for the competition. Could it be the next big showbiz wedding? He told Jayne: "It's just like another bizarre thing that's going to be going on in my life at the moment. I'm looking forward to that too."

So what's next for him? He said: "I don't know. I don't know. I'm just excited as to what could come and we'll take it as it comes."

Following his win, Matty admitted: "I don't know what to say. People said, 'You should go on Bake Off', and I just thought it was a throwaway comment, I never really listened to it. I never thought I would be on this, let alone win it."

Prue said about his skills in and out of the kitchen: “I have never met a more cheerful, smiling, uncomplaining and willing baker.

“He was just having such a good time, learning as much as he could, taking on board everything either of us said.”

Paul added: "He just got better and better and better and if you are going to smash it you do it in the last challenge, and that is exactly what he did.

“That chocolate cake was one of the best chocolate cakes I have had for a long, long time.”

The Great Christmas Bake Off airs on December 24 at 8.15pm on Channel 4, while The Great New Year's Bake Off airs on January 1 at 7.40pm.