GBBO winner quits teaching for baking career

Candice Brown, winner of The Great British Bake Off 2016, has confirmed on ITV’s Loose Women show that she has quit her job as a PE teacher to pursue a baking career.

Brown, from Bedfordshire, who beat off competition from finalists Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth to win this year’s final last month, said it was an “agonising” decision to leave Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted.

But she added that she had been struggling to juggle her teaching job with the new opportunities being offered in the wake of her GBBO success.

“I’m not great with making big decisions. I still feel myself as a teacher and I agonised over the decision. My boss Ellie who I worked with in the office and the headteacher said you need to take this opportunity,” she told the Loose Women presenters.

Brown plans to bide her time to see what the future holds for her, but has signed up with TV agents and hinted at potentially bringing out a book.

In case you missed it, check out Cathryn Dresser’s coverage of the final - complete with a Great British Bake Off song.

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