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Timaru teen bakes her way to show-stopping victory

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After 10 weeks of technical challenges and signature bakes, The Great Kiwi Bake Off has crowned its first winner! Timaru teenager Annabel Coulter has taken out the title of New Zealand’s best home baker.

Annabel fought off stiff competition from Taranaki-based Jeffrey Poole, Hannah Ward from Auckland and Invercargill’s Stacey Johnsen in a grand finale that saw the foursome tackled some the hardest challenges set by the judges.

But the 19-year-old’s show-stopping creations saw her edge ahead to be named the winner.

The bakers gave their all over three final challenges set by judges Sue Fleischl and Dean Brettschneider, steaming up the famous Bake Off tent for two days at Auckland’s Kelliher Estate.

The bakers were first asked to create their signature sausage rolls, before Dean tasked them to bake a batch of perfect Chelsea buns in the final Technical Challenge of the series.

The competition was neck-and-neck as they entered the final bake of the series. A Showstopper to really push them to their limits, the judges asked them to produce an illusion cake, where the finished product looked like anything other than a cake.

While Jeff’s bread and butter board, Hannah’s floral picnic basket and Stacey’s burger and fries impressed the judges, it was Annabel’s fish and chip beach picnic cake that left them wowed thanks to its creativity - and taste!

Annabel could not have been happier with the result, saying: "This is what I’ve wanted to do since I was really young, so winning The Great Kiwi Bake Off has given me a confidence boost to get into the industry.

"The win means so, so much, especially for my gran. She taught me so much, and now she has passed away it’s something I’ve done for her, as a tribute. She taught me all these things and look where I’ve got to. I hope I’ve made her proud."

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