Great British Bake Off star Rahul Mandal announces his wedding in India

Rahul Mandal, who won Great Brits deflate in 2018, he announced that he will get married in India today (Sunday 4th December).

The researcher, 35, posted a video on Instagram of himself wearing a traditional floral garland (mala) around his neck.

In the caption, he told his more than 397,000 followers that he and his future wife are “very excited and a little nervous” about the big event.

Mandal wrote: “I have something to announce. Tomorrow I will have my social wedding. We are both very excited and a little nervous. It will be a small wedding in India. And yes to everyone who guessed right this time I’m in India for my wedding.

“I know you will all have a lot of questions. And my wife and I will answer all of them. If you want to know anything about her, we will also be very happy to answer that too.

“But most of all, we’d love to have your blessings and good wishes. For the past few years, my Instagram family has always been [sic] a huge support for myself. You all make me grow in confidence and be myself. In Bengali culture, we love to invite all our family and friends to our wedding.’

She invited her followers to attend her wedding “emotionally (and maybe even virtually),” adding that it “means a lot.”

Friends and fans have flooded her comments with well wishes and congratulatory messages, including several Bake it out pupils.

Ruby Bhogal, who was a finalist in 2018, wrote: ‘I’m so so happy for both of you – so sad I can’t be there to celebrate with you but we’ll be sure to keep the party going when you return. Proud of you Rahul wish you all the happiness in the world.

Karen Wright who was also a contestant in the same year added, “Wonderful news Rahul, wishing you both every happiness.”

Giuseppe Dell-Anno, who won the 2021 series by Bake it out, also left a comment and said, “Congratulations Rahul! I’m over the moon for you! Enjoy this exceptional moment and savor it all with your friends and family!

Mandal also shared clips taken while preparing for the ceremony, showing himself and his family preparing decorations and wearing matching bright orange suits.

He moved to Rotherham, South Yorkshire in 2015 from India and only started cooking then to make friends with the people working at his local supermarket and leisure centre.

In a recent interview with The Herald ScotlandMandal said, “Growing up, I never had many friends, but I had a big family around me. And in a strange way, the people in Rotherham have become a part of me.

After winning Bake it outJudge Prue Leith said of Mandal: “I think the amazing thing about Rahul and the reason I’m so proud of him is that he came in with no confidence, but he just kept going.”

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