The 20-year-old from Edinburgh, who made history as a youngest Patisserie winner and the first Scottish baker to hold the title, also studies accounting and finance, and told the Sky News Backstage podcast he isn’t thinking much beyond his next deadline.
“The next step for me is an assignment scheduled for Friday, then a few exams starting in two weeks,” Sawkins said.
“So once I can clear my head a little bit, I should really suppress myself and start studying. “
A favorite for many since the start of the series, Sawkins received the coveted Star Baker title in week one but said it wasn’t until much later that he started to think about winning.
“I tried to take it week after week as the process went on, and I think it really helped me stay calm in the tent,” he explained.
“But once we got past the quarterfinals where I had a real problem with the jelly cake, I really started to think about the final – and when you think about the final you think about the potential. to win it! “
This year’s Channel 4 series production has been hit by the pandemic, and the solution was for all of the contestants, judges, presenters and team members to form one big bubble, which means they stayed away from friends and family throughout filming.
Sawkins explained in the last episode that it was the longest he’s ever been away from home, but he told Backstage it wasn’t a struggle.
“I really had the best time, it felt like we were off to the weirdest summer camp ever and it was so much fun,” he said.
“All the people in the bubble were amazing, they had great energy, that you could just feed on, the morale was always very, very high, even though a lot of people had, you know, sacrificed a lot to come – they did. had left my family at home, they had left a lot behind them.
“But they kept the energy so high, it was so much fun, and I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who made it such a great experience. ”
The series provided outstanding ratings for Channel 4, and the finale was the channel’s highest rated show since 2002.
An average audience of 9.2 million people tuned in to see Sawkins triumph over fellow finalists Laura Adlington and Dave Friday.
He describes being recognized by fans as an “interesting experience”.
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“It happens, you know, two or three times a day, but it’s always been lovely and people have been very supportive of me when they come to say hello, so I appreciate that,” Sawkins said.
“I think the lockdown has probably changed the way people interact like this, which probably made things a little easier than it could have been, but so far everyone who said hello has been adorable. .
“And, you know, if they say hello, they’re fans of the show, and it’s been really nice to share the experience with these new people that I’ve never met before.
Listen to the interview on this week’s episode of the Backstage podcast.