22. A more wonderful revelation came from season two (or) Great British Baking Show – The Beginnings If you watch on Netflix) Winner John White, Who was suffering from a hand cut from his food processor blade and had to leave the tent. The following week he was allowed to return to the competition, and he returned to win everything.
But the taste of victory soon turned sour, John recalled in a 2019 article The Telegraph, Seven years after he turned 23, the youngest winner of all time (20-year-old Peter passed him last year). “Some days I wish I could never go to sleep, because in reality it completely derails me from a stable way of life,” he wrote. For a year, the former law student was in demand, with publishers, product companies and TV bookers demanding to work with him, forcing him to quit his job at the Royal Bank of Scotland. But then the public interest faltered when the next batch of unemployed rolled in, John explained, leaving him behind. He started drinking heavily and became frustrated, “urging them to call Crush while waiting for the phone, like a worried teenager in the 1980s.”
Recalling how neither the BBC nor the production company had given him any instructions on how to explore his strange, new world, he said: Managed, but I don’t think it made an ounce difference, even if they did [in my case]. The intoxication of shaking smoke naturally brought youth to me. “
John admits that he was lucky that he and various media opportunities were offered immediately from the lucrative cookbook deal. He expanded his culinary horizons by enrolling in Le Cordon Bleu for a pastry certificate. He has published three books and in 2018 he opened a cooking school on his family farm in Lancashire.
“Take the opportunity, take the money and run if you want, but don’t take it too seriously,” he said. “The biggest thing is, don’t let yourself get thin on everything. The person you were before the show is your best version; the person you were always supposed to be.”