From banker to baker

Embargoed to 2100 Tuesday October 16.'For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. 'Undated BBC handout photo of John Waite, 23, who has been crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 16, 2012. Wigan-born Whaite, who now lives in Manchester, was crowned the winner after facing fellow bakers Brendan Lynch and James Morton in the final where they created a puff pastry pie called a pithivier, fondant fancies and chiffon sponges. See PA story SHOWBIZ BakeOff. Photo credit should read: Amanda Searle/Love Productions/BBC/PA Wire 'NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Embargoed to 2100 Tuesday October 16.'For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. 'Undated BBC handout photo of John Waite, 23, who has been crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 16, 2012. Wigan-born Whaite, who now lives in Manchester, was crowned the winner after facing fellow bakers Brendan Lynch and James Morton in the final where they created a puff pastry pie called a pithivier, fondant fancies and chiffon sponges. See PA story SHOWBIZ BakeOff. Photo credit should read: Amanda Searle/Love Productions/BBC/PA Wire 'NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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GREAT British Bake Off winner John Whaite has given up his day job to pursue a career as a professional baker.

Despite saying he would not leave the commercial banking world, the 23-year-old from Wrightington has handed in his notice at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Manchester and is now working on creating a recipe book.

He said: “I’m writing my first recipe book.

“It’s taking me hours and hours - well into the night sometimes.

“But I’m really enjoying it and so is my partner, Paul, because he’s getting fresh cakes every day.

“The book should be out next year.”

John also aims to open his own bakery, selling his own cakes and pastries.

John won the BBC baking show after impressing judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with his creative flair and imagination.

He opened the Christmas Markets in Manchester last week and has been seen at various cooking shows across the North West.

He is also taking part in the BBC Good Food shows in London and Birmingham this month and next.

And until John’s cook book is completed, he has released a few recipes on his own website - Flour and Eggs - (http://johnwhaite.tumblr.com).

The online blog also details what John went through during the application process for the Great British Bake Off and what inspired him to take part.

He said: “I had never thought of myself as an excessively competitive person.

“I remember imagining myself tripping up anyone I came across.

“Luckily, that remained only a little self amusement to take my mind off the interview.

“Long before we started filming, the final 12 bakers had to meet a psychiatrist who would assess whether or not we were mentally stable enough to take the pressure in the tent, the cameras during moments of both heaven and hell, and whether she thought it was right for us to undertake the process.

“I do not know how I passed that test, but I did, and I went on to do the best thing I have ever done in my life.”