28/11/2016 11:52 GMT

‘Great British Bake Off’ Winner Candice Brown At Centre Of Bidding War Between US TV Channels

Move over Nigella...

This year’s ‘Great British Bake Off’ champ Candice Brown could be about to go global, after reportedly being courted by several major US TV channels.

The 31-year-old, who was crowned the winner of ‘Bake Off’ last month, is at the centre of a bidding war between ABC, Fox and NBC, according to reports.

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Candice Brown

She’s already being touted as Nigella Lawson’s replacement on the US version of ‘The Taste’, which only managed one series on the this side of the pond before being shelved.

A source told the Star: “It has been put to Candice that she would be the new face of The Taste.

“This would spell the end of Nigella’s reign in the US, but viewing figures were already dropping after she admitted taking cocaine.

“They told Candice she was perfect to reboot the show and she is being heralded as the sexiest thing since Nigella’s spoon sucking.”

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Nigella Lawson

Despite initially insisting she would continue teaching after winning ‘Bake Off’, the 31-year-old PE teacher has since left her job as the offers came flooding in.

“Candice can’t believe how her career is snowballing – it’s crazy,” the source added. “This time last year she was teaching and by next year she could be living in LA and presenting her own cookery show.”

As well as the TV offers on the table, Candice has also reportedly been approached to launch her own cooking merchandise, a vintage jewellery line, and a make-up range with Revel London.

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After deciding to leave her teaching job, Candice said: “This has been such an agonising decision. Never in a million years did I go into the show thinking this would happen. That is why I have been back at school teaching since I won the final.

“I kept telling the school I would stay until December. But my head teacher told me, ‘You’ve got to do this, you can’t do it halfheartedly. I wouldn’t forgive myself if I missed out. It’s not that we don’t want you here but you have to give it 100%.”

Candice’s ‘Bake Off’ win was watched by a huge 14.8 million people, but her time in the spotlight did come with some downsides.

When the show was aired, Candice was on the receiving end of a number of nasty tweets, which she later addressed on ‘Loose Women’.

“It’s not in my nature to be mean, I’m not that sort of person at all,” she said. “So I thought… actually, if I just answer back in a way ‘well okay, I hope you have a lovely day today’ and ‘you don’t spell my surname like that, it’s spelled this way’ and actually I found that helped me.”

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