Great British Bake Off champion Candice Brown has made the “agonising” decision to quit her job as a PE teacher and pursue her baking dreams after her boss told her not to “miss out”.
The 31-year-old triumphed against Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth in this year’s final, then after an exciting half-term holiday she returned to her day job teaching children with special needs at Ashlyns School in Hertfordshire.
But it was advice from her headteacher not to approach her newfound fame “half-heartedly” that inspired a change of plans.
After leaving the secondary school on Friday, Brown said: “This has been such an agonising decision to make.
“Never in a million years did I ever go into the show thinking this would happen. That is why I have been back at school teaching since I won the final.
“I have been teaching for about eight years now and I love it. But since winning the final, I have also been completely bowled over by the amazing opportunities that I have been offered.”
With the whole school behind her, there are no hard feelings about Brown’s abrupt departure – and it is hoped she could inspire youngsters to follow their ambitions.