Bake king’s jelly surprise

John Whaite on the Great British Bake Off
John Whaite on the Great British Bake Off
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THE Great British Bake-Off winner John Whaite is getting used to his new-found fame.

The 23-year-old from Wrightington admitted that his win on the BBC cookery programme was “all a big blur.”

He told New! magazine: “When they said my name, my legs went to jelly. I couldn’t believe it.”

He added that the final was filmed in June and he had to keep his win a secret.

But about two weeks later, he suffered a family tragedy, as his grandad died.

So when the final was televised, he had a family party in his memory and to celebrate John’s win.

He said: “We raised a toast to my grandad, Merrick, who sadly died two weeks after the final.

“So my win was tinged with sadness.”

John also revealed the highs and lows of filming the show, including an argument with judge Paul Hollywood in dough week.

He said: “I took his criticism to heart. You end up making yourself look silly.

“I was also gutted when I cut my finger. I’ve got a little scar.”

He added that he was given great support by the judges, with Paul recently texting him to find out how everything was going.

He hopes to bring out a recipe book and have his own bakery.

He is also taking part in the BBC Good Food shows in London and Birmingham in November and December.

And enjoying his time in the spotlight, he was spotted in the audience of Strictly Come Dancing last weekend, sat next to Nancy Dell’Olio.