At first, there were 12 contestants. Then, there were 10 episodes of intense baking.

Now, there is one GBBO winner.

Here’s a rundown of how The Great British Bake off unfolded from start to finish, and who was crowned the overall series winner.

Time is up…

Screen Shot: Great British Bake Off: Noel Fielding's tomato shirt. Channel 4. Series 1, episode 7.

Screen Shot: Great British Bake Off: Noel Fielding’s tomato shirt. Channel 4. Series 1, episode 7.

Slimming Down the Competition

Over the first three episodes, and having experimented with biscuit, cake and bread week, the competition was swiftly cut down to nine.

Imelda McCarron, Antony Amourdoux and Luke Thompson were all sent packing while Rahul Mandal established himself as an early favourite after winning two consecutive Star Baker awards.

Shock Exits

By the time episode 6 came around, there were already a few shock exits.

Episode five proved a heart-wrenching ordeal for many viewers as beloved twirly-moustache-man Terry was booted out by Paul Hollywood alongside Karen Wright.

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Baker: Terry Credit: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

Dan Beasley-Harding and Hawaiin shirt-wearing Jon Jenkins were the next two to go as Pastry and Vegan Week concluded with five remaining contestants.

By this stage, Kim Joy had caught up with Rahul with two Star Baker awards as the pair looked certain to battle it out in the final

The Final Three

The remaining episodes bid goodbye to grade A pupils Manon Lagreve and Briony Williams, who left in the semi-final.

Favourites from the off Rahul and Kim Joy are now into the grand final although they face stiff competition from Ruby, who is the ‘in form’ baker with two consecutive Star Baker awards heading into the final.

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Baker: RUBY credit: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4

Who Won GBBO 2018?

The three remaining amateur bakers faced an exhausting series of tasks, starting with the preparation and decoration of a few flawless doughnuts.

It all lead up to the landscape showstopper, however, where they created an intricate, multi-layered, edible landscape design.

In the end, it was Rahul Mandal who claimed the crown, as the 30-year-old broke the cycle of four straight female victors dating back to 2014.

The Great British Bake Off (2018) Episode 10 - Final.

The Great British Bake Off (2018) Episode 10 – Final.

The Great British Bake Off (2018) Episode 10 - Final.

The Great British Bake Off (2018) Episode 10 – Final.

 

WATCH GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF ON CHANNEL 4 AT 9.15 PM.