John Whaite is celebrating after beating James Morton and Brendan Lynch last night

John Whaite was declared the winner of the Great British Bake Off last night.

The law graduate beat James Morton and Brendan Lynch to take the prize after creating an extravagant chocolate chiffon cake, which judge Mary Berry described as ‘absolutely lovely’.

‘When they said my name it was such a huge shock,’ says John, 23.

‘My legs did go to jelly which I have never experienced before. Now I understand the meaning of the words.’

Since filming ended this summer, John has been on a graduate scheme in a bank – but he’s now hoping to make a career out of baking and has reportedly already landed a book deal.

PR guru Max Clifford has tipped him to earn £500,000 in the next year by releasing merchandise and making TV appearances.

‘It is going to take time and it is going to take a lot of hard work,’ John tells the Daily Mirror.

‘I am willing to put the work in, you just have to watch this space.’

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Anna Duff