Former Bake Off winner John Whaite warns new stars to be careful with what you want & # 39; and calls for & # 39; interest to decrease & # 39; while admitting that he & # 39; derailed, depressed and drunk & # 39; has become
John Whaite won The Great British Bake Off in 2012, 23 years old; and now, at the age of 30, he is advising the new series of stars, who will make their debut at the show during the season premiere on Tuesday evening.
And although he insisted that he do it all over again, the former law student urged the young hope peoples & # 39; be careful what you want & # 39; while they embark on their Bake Off journey.
Referring to the post-Bake Off hoopla as a & # 39; traveling meat market & # 39 ;, John's main point was that the interest is fleeting; and that when the new series of participants rolled around in 2013, the work dried up.
In retrospect: John Whaite won The Great British Bake Off in 2012, 23 years old; and now, at the age of 30, he advises the new batch of stars, who will make their debut at the show during the season premiere of Tuesday night
& # 39; They call it a beauty parade – in retrospect it looked more like a traveling meat market, & # 39; he said in a column for The Telegraph on Tuesday, prior to the launch of Season 10 on Channel 4.
& # 39; You see, the focus is not on you as a baker or your talents, it is on you as the Bake Off winner; you are bound by the brand, no matter how your ego whispers "you can save it yourself!"
John was offered a six-figure deal to write two cookbooks shortly after winning the series, and soon earned & # 39; whole salaries – revenue worth & # 39; for just a little bit of work.
It was not long before the Lancashire resident had bought and moved property in London.
Winner: despite insisting that he would do it all over again, the former law student has the beginning hope followers & # 39; be careful what you wish for & # 39; encouraged as they embark on their Bake Off journey (photo the crown in 2012)
Whirlwind: John refers to the post-Bake Off hoopla as a & # 39; traveling meat market & # 39 ;, and the main point was that interest is fleeting (pictured with Judge Paul Hollywood in 2015)
In his article, John maintains that he never thought he would win the show. He said: & # 39; However, what I couldn't remember was that age-old mantra: be careful what you wish for.
& # 39; Because at the start of the next batch of Bake Off my profession dropped. Year on year, the working days decreased and the financial offers became smaller. The life to which I had become accustomed slowly dissolved. & # 39;
John admits that he & # 39; anxious and depressed, lonely and sad & # 39; became and started drinking. He admits that he was in the show & # 39; derailed & # 39; and that he often wished he had never been there, let alone that he had won it.
Although he claims that the then broadcaster (BBC) and the production company (Love Productions) did not prepare him for the post-win interest in interest, John admits that he was too easily addicted to the glitz of celebrities.
Star Baker: John won the show with his Italian sausage and roasted vegetable pit river, fondant fantasies and chiffon cake with heaven and hell
Completely extinguished: John said the work dried up when the new batch of participants rolled around in 2013
He later launched a cooking school back in the north and is now a writer of dishes and chef.
& # 39; If I knew then what I knew now, would I do it all again? Absolutely. But I would approach it so differently, & # 39; he said, and advised the 2019 class to & # 39; Grab the chances while you can, take the money and run if you want, but don't take it too seriously. The most important thing is that you do not dilute yourself with it.
& # 39; The person you were before the show is the best version of you; that is the person you should always have been. & # 39;
The Great British Bake Off returns on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Channel 4.
GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2019: WHO ARE THE COMPETITIONS?
A piece of cake: geography teacher Alice uses her baking creations to demonstrate natural events to her student
Sew in love with baking: Amelia is a sportswear designer who worked on her baking skills when she was in college
Occupancy: Geography teacher
Why bake?? Alice started baking at the age of 15 when back surgery for scoliosis did not allow her to exercise. She now uses her cakes in her lessons and demonstrates natural events such as coastal erosion and volcanic activity with her edible creations
Occupancy: Fashion designer
Why bake? Born to a Caribbean father and a half British / half Polish mother, Amelia has sharpened her baking skills while baking at the university for friends and university recruitment events. She currently lives in London and works as a designer of sportswear
The early bird catches the worm: working on early shifts gives Phil enough time to practice baking
Occupancy: Truck driver
Why bake? Working early in shifts means he can cook the rest of his day for his wife and two daughters, as well as bake treats for his motorcycle meetings with friends
The way to a person's heart goes through his stomach: Then seriously started baking and tried to impress his no wife, Laura
Why bake? Dan started baking seriously at the age of 21 and tried to impress his girlfriend Laura, who is now his wife, with a birthday cake with a theme. Dan, who lives with Laura and their three dogs, even made their wedding cake
Mediterranean inspiration: Helena & # 39; s Spanish roots will play a major role in her baking
Occupancy: Online project manager
Why bake? Helena & # 39; s introduction to baking came at a young age when she saw her Spanish grandmother in the kitchen, but it moved to Las Vegas and lived with a Mormon family for a school exchange trip that prompted her to bake herself
In short: Jamie was inspired to make a braided bread after watching Bake Off
Occupancy: Part time waiter
Why bake?f? Jamie, who is an identical twin, learned the basics from his grandmother and his parents, but it was after watching an episode of Bake Off and to be inspired to make a braided bread that his baking passion really saw coming.
Grown at home: David's mother refused to buy bread in the store when he was younger, which inspired him to bake
Occupancy: International health adviser
Why bake? Having grown up in the Yorkshire countryside with a mother who always baked and refused to buy bread from the stores, Dan was inspired to bake as a child. He also became interested in the art of baking after a journey to where he learned to build an oven from an oil barrel
Hollywood fan: Henry became interested in baking after seeing Paul Hollywood on the way to school
Why bake? Henry became interested in all things culinary and baking at the age of 12, when he was intrigued by the Bake Off tent at the end of his way, he shared: “I saw Paul Hollywood when I walked past the tent to to go to & # 39; morning school & # 39;
Home is where the heart lies: Michelle, who grew up on a farm, has been a fan of baking since she was a child
Occupancy: Printing Manager
Why bake? Michelle, who grew up on a farm, has been a baking lover since she was a child, watching her mother throw up traditional baking. She now bakes almost every other day, whether it is a bread or a dessert for her husband and teenage son
Zen baker: Priya started baking as a way to de-stress and relax
Occupancy: Marketing consultant
Why bake? 10 years ago Priya started taking baking seriously to relax. A wedding gift from a kitchen mixer seven years ago strengthened her passion even more, and it is well known that she struggled for hours at night to bake bread
Mama is the word: Michael was shown the baking ropes of his mother
Occupancy: Theater manager and fitness instructor
Why bake? Michael learned to bake from his mother using old, handwritten recipes from her grandparents. Born in Newcastle, he grew up in Scone in Scotland from the age of seven and later studied in Edinburgh, and considers himself Scottish
Night baker: Vet Rosie likes to cook through the night after work
Why bake? Rosie & # 39; s passion for baking started when she received a baking book at the age of five and this has continued into her adult life. If she doesn't treat sick animals, she can bake all night long to relax
Taking the biscuit: Steph started baking after her grandfather had inspired her
Occupancy: Store assistant
Why bake? Steph started baking when her grandfather inspired her thanks to his love for home-made bread. Although it has long been a hobby of hers, she became really serious about three years ago and is largely self-taught
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