Great British Bake Off star Candice Brown unsuccessfully applied for the show twice before landing a place in the tent and going on to win.
The 31-year-old, who beat Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth to win this year's hit final, recently put her job as a teacher on hold to pursue a career in baking.
She told ITV's Loose Women: "I didn't expect to even get on the show and then week by week until being the winner, it feels so alien."
She said it was her boyfriend Liam Macaulay who had encouraged her to apply for the show, adding: "It was the third time of doing it!"
However, Candice said she has barely baked anything since the final aired because she has been so busy and added she feels "horrendous" about leaving her job at Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.
She said: "I'm not great with making big decisions. I still feel myself as a teacher. I had said I would keep going until Christmas but I was holding my eyes open.
"I have to go back to drop off some cakes for the Christmas fairs and a raffle prize and will go back on the last day for a proper goodbye. The school have been amazing and I can't thank them enough."
She added she now hopes to create a cookbook, saying: "There is nothing set in stone but this gives me a bit of time to play with recipes and think about different things and get my head around things and meet with people.
"I still can't get my head around it but a book would be amazing, that would be the ultimate sort of memoir, my ideas and my recipes on paper."
She is not so sure about fronting a TV show though, saying: "People will be sick of my face and my voice."