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Candice Brown planning to 'grab opportunities' after Bake Off win

The 31-year-old PE teacher "can't stop smiling" after beating Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth to take the trophy.

Candice Brown is going to grab any opportunities "with both hands and run with them" after being crowned winner of The Great British Bake Off.

The lipstick-loving PE teacher beat Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth to take home the trophy from judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry after a tense final on Wednesday night (26Oct16).

She has been tipped for a £1 million payday after her victory, through predicted book deals, television work and promotional jobs, and Candice told the Daily Mirror that she's not ruling anything out when it comes to what she will do after winning the series.

"I love baking and this has increased my love of baking," she said. "If I can get my little vintage shop selling tea and cakes with random antiques that would be my ultimate dream.

"Let’s wait and see what will come my way but I will be grabbing it with both hands and running with it, that’s for sure. It would be crazy not to, wouldn’t it?”

In scenes explaining what each contestant has been up to since the Bake Off was filmed earlier in the summer (16), it stated that Candice and fellow finalist Jane were planning a baking road trip, which many viewers thought would make great television.

Whatever Candice chooses to do, celebrity agent Jonathan Shalit believes she has a very long and financially rewarding career ahead of her.

"Candice is the most immediately accessible Bake Off winner – middle class, well spoken. I can imagine her doing a column for a paper or releasing a cookbook," he told the Daily Mail Online. "She is like a vintage, young Nigella Lawson. Adds a bit of sex appeal to baking. I’m confident she can earn £1 million."

Candice impressed the judges with her meringue, a Victoria sandwich technical challenge, which had just one instruction on the recipe card, and a showstopper which required the finalists to make a staggering 49 bakes for a picnic hamper.

However, Candice admits that while she was successful throughout the final, she was stunned when host Mel Giedroyc announced her as the winner.

"When they said my name, that means more to me than anyone will ever realise," she added to the Daily Mirror. "I have low self-belief, even though my friends and family constantly build my confidence up.

"So it was a big moment in my life, probably the biggest so far. I felt that everything happens for a reason, and I did it, and that makes me smile so much. In fact, I can’t stop smiling."

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