Claudia Anton has been crowned Australia’s Best Amateur Baker after winning over judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran in last night’s final episode of The Great Australian Bake Off
The 48-year-old psychiatrist from Melbourne proved too strong for her competition, pulling out all stops in the final Showstopper challenge when she baked an extravagant Piece Montee – a cockatoo shaped from lemon myrtle and vanilla choux pastry buns complete with a pulled sugar crest.
She beat Dave Yan, 35 from Sydney, who created an Oriental garden complete with a river of spun sugar; and Barb Dunn, 37 from Brisbane, who used delicate nougatine to construct a treasure chest filled with choux buns and lemon biscuit coins.
After her win, Claudia said: “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.
“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,” she said.
As well as earning the title of Australia’s Best Amateur Baker, Claudia’s cheesecake recipe will be featured in delicious. magazine’s April 2018 issue.
Hosted by comedians Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle, the third season of The Great Australian Bake Off has been the most successful season to date.