A truly Great British Bake Off

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The Great British Bake Off is a hugely successul TV show that lots of people watch, but what does it lead to next for the people who take part?

Candice Brown was the winner of the show this year and it is rumoured that she may be launching her own lip brand after the fans went crazy about her signature lipstick during the programme.

Sheffield’s Howard Middleton was a GBBO contestant in 2013 and it has led to new opportunities for him too. He now attends food festivals and shows regularly and has also written a book.

He said: “I’ve been very lucky that GBBO has led to some amazing opportunities. 

“My book Delicious Gluten-Free Baking was published last year. I also teach baking classes and continue to develop new recipes and write about food.

“Not surprisingly, I’m also asked to talk about my time on GBBO and since, and I’ve judged countless charity bake offs!

“Candice was the right winner.  Baking in the tent is so unpredictable that you never know who’s going to make it to the final, but Candice was always ambitious about what she could achieve in the limited time and she absolutely pulled it off when it really mattered.”

The show has now left the BBC and moved to Channel 4, who bought it for £75m, and Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will no longer be part of the show.

Holly Askew, aged 20, of Sheffield, said: “I’m a huge fan of The Great British Bake Off and believe that it can lead people to good careers.

“I’m quite disappointed that the show is leaving to Channel 4 because it’s caused the majority of the presenters to leave and I just don’t think it’s going to be the same.”

Howard was more optimistic about the changes: “I’m hopeful that the move to Channel 4 will keep so many of the things that people love about Bake Off but also bring something fresh to the programme too. 

“Everybody’s Bake Off experience is unique – Mel, Sue, Paul and Mary will always be part of mine, but I think the important thing is that future amateur bakers continue to get a chance to test their skills on the programme.”