Rahul Mandal won his title in autumn 2018, but some things haven't changed for him...Wining the Great British Bake Off is the stuff of dreams for thousands upon thousands of amateur bakers. Blood (well, not really), sweat (definitely in the case of 2018's heatwave) and tears (lots of them) were part of Rahul's winning success story in the latest series of the Channel 4 show which aired last year. He joins the ranks of British baking elite with the win, but instead of focussing his energies onto what could presumably be the start of a fruitful baking career (see Candice Brown and Nadiya Hussain as strong examples of this narrative), Rahul has decided to take a different path. Speaking on the red carpet at last night's National Television Awards, the BBC reports that "Rahul has no plans to create his own cookbook or go into baking full time - instead he is focusing on his PhD in nuclear science".
"I'm back to full time work," Rahul told BBC News. "I'm also teaching young children about science and baking."Bake Off judge Prue Leith was accompanying Rahul on the red carpet, and added "he's so good at it - I'm glad he's staying in it, because he's going to be a great professor, and he can teach baking at the same time." While this is sad news for us - we were all hotly anticipating the arrival of the debut Rahul cookbook - we'll forgive the man. Not least because of his frankly adorable comment alongside his personal snaps from the NTAs, shared on Instagram (shown below).
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