Chocs away!

Great British Bake Off champion John Whaite
Great British Bake Off champion John Whaite

FORMER Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite is serving up a tasty treat as he has launched his own chocolate range.

The 24-year-old from Wrightington has made Hungry Dog Artisan Chocolates - the perfect snack for those with a sweet tooth.

He has certainly been busy as he recently published his own recipe book - John Whaite Bakes At Home.

And earlier this year he was awarded his Cordon Bleu diploma, which he hopes is the next big step to becoming a professional cook.

He said: “I wanted to do it as I’d been projected from Bake Off into the food industry, and I want to stay there. I’d always dreamed of doing Cordon Bleu, and I thought, ‘I’ve got to make myself a professional,’ and the only way for me was a professional course.”

“But I’m still going to be a home baker. If I write a recipe that’s really complicated, people at home won’t do it.

“The main thing is it gives me a voice. When I won the Bake Off, it was a massive accolade, of course, but it is a reality TV show and any home baker could win a reality show.

“I wanted to prove that I have got the right and respect to be in the industry, and have the credibility to write books and recipes.”

He added that living on his own whilst he was studying law at Manchester University inspired him to get baking.

He told Mancunian Matters: “It was a time of indulgence. Manchester for me was the liberation stage of my career.

“Because I was in my own house, I could bake whenever I wanted. So I wasn’t worried about messing my mum’s kitchen up.

“That’s when my love of food really started to materialise into something quite recognisable.”

So what is John’s favourite meal that he has cooked?

He told Heat: “A light dish of prawns in a lime and pepper tempura batter and fennel relish.”

And if you were to turn up at his house for a dinner party, you could expect him to make fig, stilton and quince pizzas.

And he hates oysters.