Porthtowan chef celebrates as cousin crowned Great British Bake Off winner
There wasn’t a soggy bottom in sight as Frances Quinn was declared the winner of the Great British Bake Off last night.
But of the 8.4 million people who tuned in to the final programme one Porthtowan chef was watching with more concentration than most.
Benedict Quinn, who holds a monthly Sunday Roast Club at the No.4 Perterville in St Agnes, watched with delight as his cousin Frances came out on top of the BBC’s flagship baking competition.
Despite finishing filming in June, the result of the show was kept a closely guarded secret.
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Mr Quinn and his relatives flocked to a family home in London to watch the action unfold with the rest of the nation.
He said: “It was really lovely to watch the programme with Frances and the family, she really went through all the emotions again last night.
“It was also lovely for my daughter, Evie who is 6, as she didn’t know the result before we watched it.”
The Cornish chef has a close bond with his baking star cousin, and has many fond memories of her when she was growing up.
“Frances loves mine and my Dad’s sticky toffee pudding, or STP as she calls it.
"She regards it as the holy grail of puddings and she used to use it as the reason for visiting us,” Mr Quinn said.
Last night's show saw Frances impress judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with her signature rainbow trout and vegetable picnic pie and stunning three tiered wedding cake.
The final provided a fitting climax to the stylish baker’s imaginative creations which have included faux match bread sticks and a vegetable patch carrot cake.
Mr Quinn’s family, who have been behind Frances throughout the competition, are incredibly pleased that her effort throughout the competition has paid off.
Mr Quinn said: “I’m extremely proud, on a scale of one to ten I’m a ten plus.
“It’s great to see it all come to fruition as she worked so hard for it, and they finally put the style over substance remarks to bed.”
Frances will now undertake a media campaign before having a well-deserved rest.
Mr Quinn is hopeful that he will see his cousin in Cornwall again before Christmas.