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Janusz of the Great British Baking Show wore a different color of the Pride Flag each week

Baker Janusz Brush Pie

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Janusz Domagala is a proud baker.

The Britain’s Greatest Baking Fair the semi-finalist, 34, paid tribute to the LGBTQ+ community during his run on the show. After being knocked out in the semi-finals, Domagala shared a touching Instagram post, revealing that he wore a different color of the Pride Flag every week.

“I DID IT! 🥹 Being chubby, gay and the first Polish national contestant on GBBO I knew I had a lot to represent coming into the tent,” he wrote in his caption. “I wanted to do it by being myself, but I also gave myself a little challenge to wear a color pride flag every week and I hope I can check them all off…mission accomplished!”

During the season, it took on all the colors of the Progress Pride Flag, which also includes colors that represent both the transgender community and people of color in the LGBTQ+ community.

Now living in Brighton, England, with her boyfriend, Domagala continued his post saying he loved ‘being able to be part of so many different communities and Britain is a home that allowed me to do that’. .

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He concluded: “Thank you so much for welcoming me and embracing me and for the love, support and fun over the past 9 weeks, and thank you to everyone who has been in this tent on and behind the camera with me. who became a family! Janusz left the tent 💕”

On Friday, the Netflix-distributed show crowned a new winner for the 2022 season – Syabira Yusoff.

Yusoff, 32, and Domagala quickly became friends in the tent. In a Love Productions Q&A shared with PEOPLE, Yusoff described the couple’s hilarious post-show ritual and described them as “great buddies” who always had each other’s backs.

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Janusz cooking in the tent

Janusz cooking in the tent

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“We had such a good relationship and we celebrated the end of the Showstopper every week with a shot of Tequila later!” she said in the statement. “It’s become a weekly routine and maybe more of a hit over the weeks.”

In the final, Yusoff battled fellow bakers Sandra Farmhouse, 30, and Abdul Rehman Sharif, 29. In the end, his edible sculpture in the shape of an orangutan – themed “Our Beautiful Planet” – for the showstopper challenge, was his final successful push to win the iconic trophy and the championship title.

“I can’t believe it, honestly. I haven’t gotten it yet. It’s the greatest achievement of my life,” she said after her victory. “All the hard work. All the trial and error. It was worth it. I’m very, very proud.”

Baker Syabira Brushing Tart, The Great British Bake Off S6

Baker Syabira Brushing Tart, The Great British Bake Off S6

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Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood were confident in Yusoff’s cooking chops throughout all ten episodes. Known for her use of bold and innovative flavors, she has won the Star Baker award three times and received a coveted Hollywood handshake during Halloween week. Throughout the season, she has worked to fuse British classics with traditional Malaysian flavors.

“I think I’m a new person after this competition. I’ve become more confident and I trust my instincts,” Yusoff said. “It’s been a while since there’s been a woman winner, so here you go all the girls, I’m here to get one for you all. We can do whatever we want as long as we have all our hearts and that we are working for it.”