The Great Canadian Baking Show

And the winner of The Great Canadian Baking Show is...

Spoiler alert! After eight weeks of scrumptious signature bakes, impossible technical challenges and stunning showstoppers, there can only be one winner.
The Season 2 finalists on The Great Canadian Baking Show: Andrei Godoroja from Vancouver, Megan Stasiewich from Leduc, Alta., and Sachin Seth from Halifax. (CBC/The Great Canadian Baking Show)

After eight weeks of scrumptious signature bakes, impossible technical challenges and stunning showstoppers, there can only be one winner.

Spoilers below!


And the winner is... 

Andrei Godoroja!

Andrei Godoroja: software engineer, opera singer, skier, sailor AND winner of the The Great Canadian Baking Show, Season 2. (CBC/The Great Canadian Baking Show)

"I told Andrei to open a pastry shop in Paris, and after today, he has to do it," said judge Bruno Feldeisen after Andrei's impressive win on Finale Week. "His talent, his passion, his art is in French patisserie."

The 58 year-old software engineering consultant from Vancouver is a man of many talents, including opera singing, sailing and skiing. From his first day in the tent, Andrei has been wowing the judges (and the other bakers) with his mix of creative presentation and technical precision. 

He competed against Megan Stasiewich of Leduc, Alta. and Sachin Seth of Halifax in The Great Canadian Baking Show finale. 

"Andrei plans things out and then executes them so well," says fellow Season 2 baker Tim Chauvin. 

Sadiya Hashmi agrees, adding, "I don't know what goes on in his head. I just want to get in there and see what's going on."

"We're all good bakers, but Andrei...he's just, like, from another planet," says Mengling Chen.

Andrei was brought to tears when he was presented with the award by hosts Julia Chan and Dan Levy. 

"I still can't believe it," he said. "It's the biggest honour of my life. I'll never forget it."

Andrei brought an engineer's exacting eye to his final three bakes. 

Signature Bake

For the Signature Bake, Andrei prepared 12 Opera cake rolls with a joconde sponge and coffee buttercream, plus 12 mango mascarpone rolls with a chiffon sponge. 

Andrei's final Signature Bake. (CBC/The Great Canadian Baking Show)

Technical Challenge

With so many elements and over two dozen ingredients, the Finale Week Technical Bake tested every skill the bakers had. The judges were looking for a picture perfect Princess Cake, with a perfect dome shape, pristine decorations and precise layers that held when cut. 

Andrei's Princess Cake. (CBC/The Great Canadian Baking Show)

Showstopper

Andrei's final showstopper featured a trio of French choux classics: a Paris-Brest topped with choux swans; a Gateau St. Honoré filled with chiboust cream; and a croquembouche crowned with elaborate sugar work.

With dozens of pieces choux pastry to pipe, Andrei's Finale Week showstopper was a challenge of both skill and endurance. (CBC/The Great Canadian Baking Show)

Andrei's Recipes

Andrei impressed the judges and audiences all season with his precise, well-planned bakes. It's not too late to try a few of his recipes at home!

Queen for a Day Birthday Cake

The cake that helped Andrei win the Star Baker crown for Season 2's Cake Week.

Andrei's Queen for a Day Birthday Cake helped him take the Cake Week crown. It featured amazing sugar work. (The Great Canadian Baking Show)

Strawberry Garden Slab Pie

If you've ever wanted to make a pie big enough to feed two dozen people, this is the pie for you.

(The Great Canadian Baking Show)

Coffee Maple Crêpe Cake

Andrei wowed the judges with this caffeinated version of a mille-crêpe cake during French Week.

Andrei's mille-crêpe cake blew the judges away during The Great Canadian Baking Show's semi-final. (The Great Canadian Baking Show)

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