John’s baking inspirations

John Whaite
John Whaite
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GREAT British Bake-Off Winner John Whaite has spoken of his inspiration behind cooking.

The 23-year-old, the son of dairy farmers in Wrightington, said he was brought up surrounded by home-cooked nutritious food,

He told Lancashire Life: “Cooking is always something I have done since I was a little boy.

“Cooking together was part of our family tradition and it still makes me think of happy times at home.

“And being a farming family, we knew about food.”

Since John won the BBC cooking competition, he has enjoyed popularity and success.

He will be at the Cake and Bake Show at Manchester Central on April 5 until 7.

He said: “I am really looking forward to it. There is such a buzz about these events. It is a great day out, even if you are not that into cooking.

“A few people still recognise me but things have calmed down.

“Besides, I’ve put on so much weight after eating all those cakes.

“You do get a bit mobbed because everyone knows who you are.”

He added he still keeps in touch with fellow contestants on the show, especially young mum Cathryn Dresser and Scottish medical student James Morton.

He added: “I don’t see much of Marry Berry because she is so busy, but Paul Hollywood and I have become good friends. He’s been really helpful. I appreciate his time and advice.”

John, who now splits his time between living in Manchester and London, plans to open a patisserie and is keen to make fresh bread every day.

He said: “We should have shops selling real, fresh bread on every corner.

“Buying a sliced loaf and eating it for a week is not natural. Home-made bread is healthier and easier to digest.”

The former law student is also looking forward to when his cookery book is released at the end of the month.

He said: “It’s going to be different because it’s about baking by mood.

“For instance, it will have sections devoted to things I cook when I am happy and things I make when I am down in the dumps.”