Sorry Paul Hollywood, but we might love Rahul even more than you already do!
He's the twice over star baker of the new Great British Bake Off series, having managed to capture the hearts (and hunger) of the nation.
And, with social media currently inundated with praise for the lovely Rahul Mandal, here's the eight reasons why we might love the 30-year-old culinary genius even more than Paul Hollywood already does.
1. He's forever melting our hearts
In the latest episode of GBBO, Rahul made us tear up when he revealed his vegan showstopper was a tribute to his late grandmother, because he's never seen her eat cake.
Rahul said: 'My grandpa died in 1984. In India, when the husband dies the wife gives away quite a lot of different foods. So my grandmother didn’t have eggs or meat for the rest of her life after my grandfather died. I’ve never seen her eating a cake, so it’s kind of a tribute to her.'
After Rahul's touching tale, he also revealed: 'I love my grandma. She’s not here any more but she loved me a lot.' Awwww!
2. He's the kind of friend that bakes for you
As all great mates should, Rahul uses his incredible culinary skills to show his pals he cares about them.
During the third episode of the series, host Sandi Toksvig revealed: 'Rahul moved to the UK eight years ago and now bakes cakes to make friends’.
3. He's a clever cookie
Despite his humbled approach to life, Rahul is also incredibly clever - and spends his nine-to-five as a Nuclear Research Scientist.
In fact, the 30-year-old moved to the UK in 2010 to study a PhD in optical metrology at Loughborough University.
4. He talks to his parents every day
Despite his very busy baking schedule (and, you know, simultaneously making major Scientific advancements), Rahul still makes time to catch up with his parents every single day.
5. He's not afraid to eat a slice of humble pie
Despite having produced 'perfect' Chelsea buns and baking a korovai hailed 'a little genius' by none other than Paul Hollywood, Rahul doesn't seem to let it go to his head.
In fact, he still can't quite believe he's made it to the Bake Off tent - telling the cameras: 'It’s so surreal, I still can’t believe. I keep pinching myself. I think I can bake.’
6. He's a natural baking genius
Rahul has only been baking for the past two years, and has a natural talent for it.
'Colleagues I knew during my PhD don’t have a clue that I can bake. Back in India I didn’t bake either,' he said. 'All of them and actually myself are surprised that I made it into the tent.'
Have you ever seen anything as regal as this Garden Wedding Korovai?! We're pretty sure they're not at all surprised, Rahul!
7. He's not afraid to show his feelings...
8. Or his love of nature...
In particular, pheasants...
9. And he's even already made GBBO history
Shaking his hand, Paul told a gobsmacked Rahul: 'I've never given a handshake for a showstopper before', before adding 'that is a fantastic cake'.
We could imagine it, Paul.
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Words by Alice-Rose Perry
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Anna Bailey has been the editor of Goodto since 2018. Before joining the team she was Features Editor at MSN UK, where she oversaw Family Health and Days Out. Previously, she was Digital Lifestyle Editor for the broadcaster UKTV, and Lifestyle Editor for ITV.com. Anna studied Multi-Media Journalism at Bournemouth University and went on to gain her NCTJ and NCE journalism qualifications. Anna is responsible for driving the direction and editorial strategy of Goodto. A mum and experienced baby product tester, she is passionate about providing safe, trustworthy, and relatable advice for families of all kinds.
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