‘They’re Mr and Mrs Brown to his Paddington!’ Viewers melt at the sight of Bake Off winner Rahul embracing the Sheffield couple he calls his ‘second parents’ – before he phoned his REAL mum in India to reveal his win
- Research scientist Rahul Mandal won the latest series of Great British Bake Off
- Viewers were left ‘in tears’ as the Kolkata-born 30-year-old embraced the ‘second parents’, David and Liz, who he boards with in Sheffield following his win
- One described Rahul as Paddington Bear to their Mr and Mrs Brown
- The couple said their lives would have been ‘poorer’ without Rahul in it
- Rahul beat off competition from finalists Ruby Bhogal and Kim-Joy Hewlett
- He faced disaster in final showstopper round after a glass jar exploded on his work station – but his edible ‘landscape’ wowed Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith
Viewers watching the Great British Bake Off final crumbled like a perfectly baked sponge last night at the sight of winner Rahul Mandal embracing his ‘second’ parents.
After the nervous research scientist, originally from India, heard the judges announce his name, the 30-year-old rushed to hug his ‘adoptive’ family, Sheffield couple David and Liz, who welcomed Rahul into their home eight years ago.
The heart-warming moment saw many watching dissolve into tears with one viewer suggesting the trio looked like Mr and Mrs Brown with Paddington Bear.
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Research scientist Rahul Mandal, 30, with his cake stand trophy after winning the latest series of the Great British Bake Off. The research scientist, originally from Kolkata, India, has lived in the UK for eight years with his ‘adoptive’ parents, Sheffield couple David and Liz
That’s our boy! David and Liz, who say their lives have been made richer since Rahul moved in, leap with joy after it’s revealed that he was the winner of the latest series of the Channel 4 show
One viewer described the trio as being like ‘Mr and Mrs Brown to his Paddington’, after watching the trio, who live together in Sheffield hug after Rahul’s win was announced
The nervous research scientist, who works at the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, took a moment to hug David and Liz… before finding a quiet spot to phone his real parents in Kolkata, India
Shortly after his victory was sealed, the baking maestro took a moment away from the ensuing party to call his real mum in Kolkata, looking emotional as he did so.
Earlier, Rahul was seen telling Liz: ‘I’m very nervous’ as he waited for the judges to declare this year’s victor. Liz responded gently, saying: ‘You’ll be alright sweetheart.’
On Twitter, there was a puddle of tears. @ItsJimmothy wrote: ‘#Crying at Rahul’s adoptive family.’ @PedroCabanna added: ‘Will Rahul’s adoptive family take me in too?!’
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And @emmyl_13 compared the cute trio to Michael Bond’s fictional hero, saying: ‘I love Rahul’s adoptive Yorkshire parents. They’re like the Mr and Mrs Brown to his Paddington #gbbo #GBBOFinal’.
@IndiaCCD added: ‘Rahul’s “friends”/adoptive Sheffield parents are too precious for words. #GBBOFinal’
Rahul came over to Britain eight years ago with no friends or family.
Husband and wife Liz and David, from Sheffield, met him through work and deciding to take him under their wing, the trio struck up a firm friendship.
‘I’m very nervous’ Rahul melted hearts after he looked to his landlady Liz for support in the moments before the results were read out
Kindness: Liz replied to the research student ‘You’ll be alright, sweetheart’
Tense: The trio sat on the hill nervously awaiting Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith’s verdict on this year’s winner of the Great British Bake Off
He did it! David claps his hands as he watches Rahul collect the baking trophy
It was David that encouraged Rahul to bake and have the confidence to apply for the show.
Liz said during the finale: ‘I think it must have been really hard for him to come to this country and be on his own, it’s a very hard thing to do.’
David said: ‘To actually pick up the cuisine of a new country and get to a level where he’s one of the top three amateur bakers in the country is just phenomenal.
‘He is family and I know he sees us as his family in Sheffield. I think my life would have been a lot poorer if I hadn’t met Rahul.’
Escaping the party for a moment, Rahul then called his real mother in Kolkata, India to break the news that he’d scooped the prize
Speaking in his native Bengali, the research scientist is seen telling his mother ‘I have won’ to which she replies ‘This is such happy news’
Rahul, who faced high drama in the final after a glass jar exploded on his work station, looked close to tears as his mother thanked God for her son’s victory
Rahul beat off stiff competition from finalists Ruby Bhogal and Kim-Joy Hewlett to win the coveted crown on Tuesday night.
The three finalists went head-to-head both inside and outside the famous Bake Off tent in Welford Park, Berkshire to perform a series of gruelling culinary challenges.
His final challenge – an edible rock garden made from orange-flavoured green curd, cardamon diplomat and orange butter cream – secured his victory following a doughnut Signature Bake task and pitta bread Technical Challenge over an open fire that saw him mildly burn the bread.
Rahul, who moved to the UK from Kolkata in 2010 to do a PhD in optical metrology (precision measurement using light) at Loughborough University has already won an army of fans on social media.
Emotional: There were jubilant scenes outside the Bake Off tent when judges announced shy and retiring research scientist Rahul as the winner tonight. His final challenge – an edible rock garden made from orange-flavoured green curd, cardamon diplomat and orange butter cream – secured his victory over fellow finalists Ruby and Kim-Joy
Once in the UK, he discovered new flavours and cuisines that have inspired his East-meets-West style of baking.
He will perhaps be best remembered for receiving a flurry of coveted ‘Hollywood handshakes’ during the series after securing the Star Baker title during the Break and Cake weeks.
Rahul went from outsider to series favourite for the Channel 4 competition after winning Star Baker twice in the first three weeks, yet Rahul took up baking only five years ago, to help him make friends.
Winner: Rahul Mandul moved to the UK from Kolkata in 2010 to do a PhD in optical metrology (precision measurement using light) at Loughborough University. He previously worked at the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Series favourite Rahul as a little boy with a family member. His spreadsheet recipes and timid nature have already won him a huge fan base, and he melted hearts even more by revealing in week one that he Skypes his parents in India ‘every day’
A childhood snap of Kolkata-born GBBO winner Rahul Mandal standing in front of the Taj Mahal. Rahul went from outsider to series favourite for the Channel 4 content after winning Star Baker twice in the first three weeks, yet Rahul took up baking only five years ago
His shaking hands have often betrayed his nerves and he once admitted: ‘Inside me is like a pressure cooker. It can burst any time.’ And despite his scientific approach he often winced while presenting his creations to be judged.
He famously apologised for putting too much fruit on his Chelsea buns during an earlier challenge, only for Paul Hollywood to tell him they were ‘baked to perfection’ and later describe him as a ‘little genius’ for his korovai – a sweet Eastern European bread served at weddings – which he decorated with swans.
In week two, his collar cake with chocolate shards earned him a coveted Hollywood handshake, the first for a showstopper, perhaps to make up for earlier calling him ‘chubby faced’.
Winner: GBBO contestant Rahul Mandal, 30, beat off stiff competition from finalists Ruby Bhogal and Kim-Joy Hewlett to win the coveted crown on Tuesday night, just hours after bookies suspended bets on him scooping the top spot (pictured with Paul Hollywood, left, and Prue Leith, right)
His spreadsheet recipes and timid nature have already won him a huge fan base, and he melted hearts even more by revealing in week one that he Skypes his parents in India ‘every day’.
Rahul was recently spotted carrying a giant sponge into work for his colleagues at the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
Rahul, who lives in Rotherham, admitted: ‘Even as a child, rather than watching sports, I enjoyed watching cookery shows. I never baked when I was in India. My baking journey began in the UK about five years ago when I was feeling lonely.
‘The first cake I made was about two years ago, when my parents visited the UK for the first time.’
‘Even five years ago I really had no idea about Bake Off. One of my colleagues kind of pushed me to apply. I think pretty much everybody I know will be surprised.’
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