If the Great British Bake Off champion’s show stopper was anything to go by she’s set for a colourful and lucrative career and there’s no doubt that she’ll be ready for it because after all, PE Teacher Candice had the “killer edge” and was “the only one to hold her nerve” in the final on Wednesday night.
GBBO 2016 Finalists Jane, Candice and Andrew (Photo: Dinendra Haria/WENN)
The first ever Bake Off winner Edd Kimber - who scooped the top spot seven years ago in the debut series and went on to write ‘The Boy Who Bakes’ - welcomes Candice Brown into the “winner’s club” and warns that her life is going to dramatically change now she’s a TV star.
So, a book deal, a cooking show, a regular slot on ‘Loose Women’ perhaps?
Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Celeb, Kimber mused: “I quit my job two days after, moved to London with pennies in my pocket and got my first book contract within a month of leaving…
“I would assume she would (quit her job) and it will open up a huge amount of doors, she has a very good opportunity now and it’s fascinating because everyone bakes slightly differently when they come off. It will be interesting now to see her as a natural baker in her own right.
“I have jokingly described it as a winners club before because I think for a lot of people it’s hard to understand what the show is like to be on.“
The author - who is also a food stylist and has teamed up with Quaker Oats to create six delicious porridge recipes for the one-of-a-kind, Oat Café in London - actually had his money on County Down man Andrew from the start to take home the bake off trophy but said he couldn’t deny that Candice was the baker who kept her cool in the heat of the tent.
First ever Bake Off winner Edd Kimber
“You couldn’t give it to anyone else because Candice was the only one who was able to hold her nerve. To me it seems she’s very good at the visual, decorating and her concepts are really nice and that helped her stand out.
“Very early on I thought the final three would be Andrew, Celasi and Benjamina.
“I was really upset when Benjamina went because I thought she was probably one of the better bakers in the show. When it came to the final my one pick was Andrew to win, but that just shows you after seven series I’ve never got it right!”
We can’t wait to see more of Candice and her wining talent and lipstick on telly.
Mel & Sue and Mary Berry are all leaving Bake Off (Photo: BBC)
In other game changing news, Bake Off has been sold to Channel 4 for a whopping £75 million three-year deal and its lovable hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, known as Mel & Sue, swiftly announced their exit with Mary Berry hot on their heals.
That leaves Paul Hollywood to shoulder the responsibility of keeping the Bake Off brand in tact next year.
Kimber: “ I don’t think Channel 4 can’t make the show. I was worried when Sue and Mel announced they were going, I think they have an underestimated role, the hardest thing in the show will be trying to replicate them.
“I think Channel 4 won’t rush into choosing a grouping. Because you can’t not be aware that’s the most important thing on the show. I think they’ll be testing out loads of people… it’s something the public will struggle with and it depends who they get.”
Kimber says you only have to look at the poor reception the GBBO franchise received in the US to know Sue & Mel were a key part of the winning formula in the UK.
He added: “If you look at different versions around the world it doesn’t always work when it’s different people and some of the American versions that Paul and Mary have done have only lasted a series because they didn’t get the dynamic right.”
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