Claudia Anton (pictured, front right) last night was named Australia’s Best Amateur Baker in The Great Australian Bake Off by judges Matt Moran and Maggie Beer.
The 48-year-old psychiatrist from Melbourne defeated Dave Yan, 35 from Sydney, and Barb Dunn, 37 from Brisbane.
Her final Showstopper was an extravagant ‘Piece Montee’ – a cockatoo shaped from lemon myrtle and vanilla choux pastry buns complete with a pulled sugar crest. Very Oz.
“I will be forever grateful for this wonderful show that embraces individuals of all personalities and walks of life and fosters their baking passion in a truly beautiful way. Bake Off has been life changing for me, and has taught me to follow my passion, face my fears, challenge myself and take a chance,” she said.
“I have made beautiful baking friends for life and have been inspired by their incredible talents, and have learnt exponentially from them and Matt and Maggie. I am now creating, testing and posting new recipes, and am learning to present, style and photograph my creations. And next I hope to travel to Italy and France to study food preparation, styling and photography whilst immersing myself in the local culture.”
There is no cash prize for winning Bake Off but Claudia’s cheesecake recipe will be featured in Delicious magazine’s April 2018 issue.
Hosted by comedians Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle, the finale drew 162,000 viewers Overnight. Foxtel says the third season has been the most successful season to date, positioning it well for a probable renewal.