Sydney’s Subha (Sunny) Nasir Ahmad has risen to the occasion to be 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
Sunny, 26, a self-taught baker and PhD science student from Sydney’s Blacktown, proved too strong for her competition, pulling out all stops in the final Showstopper challenge of a three-tiered, geometric cake.
With her stairway geometric cake of vanilla and cacoa nib sponge with white chocolate ganache and raspberry jam, Sunny beat Brisbane’s Dan Pasquali, 35, with his apple and cinnamon flavoured white chocolate mud cake with edible rose gold dust, and Melbourne’s David Hills, 41, with his mud cakes of white chocolate and raspberry, and salted caramel, decorated with fondant in an abstract grid design.
After her win, Sunny said: “I can’t believe I won The Great Australian Bake Off! A dream just came true.
“I’m going to celebrate with my family. It was so nice to have them here; this win is for them as well,” she added, acknowledging her single mother and younger siblings with whom she moved to Australia in 2011 from Pakistan.
For judges Maggie and Matt, choosing this year’s winner from such top-notch bakers proved a difficult task with Matt explaining that “this year has been such a close competition.”
Maggie said: “I’m so proud that we have crowned Sunny. She has such instinct, she has flavour, she has finesse, she has creativity, and she has science – she really is an amazing baker.”
Hosted by comedians Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle, the fourth season of the Great Australian Bake Off has been another ratings success for Lifestyle.