John Whaite is a British Cook, Cookery Author and TV presenter. John won the third series of The Great British Bake Off, and now runs his own cookery school, John Whaite’s Kitchen, set in the heart of rural Lancashire.
John co-presented 2 x series of ITV’s food programme, Chopping Block with Rosemary Shrager in 2016 and 2017. His fourth book, Comfort was published in September 2017 and was chosen as a Book of the Year by BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. John has also been a resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine for two years.
John’s love of and dedication to food, is closely matched by his hugely creative nature that is expressed through his food writing, photography and content creation. John has created hugely popular social media platforms with his Instagram and website, often showcasing beautiful photography and recipes. John has also written regularly for The Daily Telegraph and Delicious Magazine.
Food has always been John’s passion, learning at his mother’s knee and growing up on a dairy farm. There, he learned about British produce and the importance of supporting local food producers and artisan crafters. His parents also owned a fish and chip shop, where John started his first job – as potato peeler – aged just 10.
John then went on to study at Le Cordon Bleu, and gained a first class Law degree from the University of Manchester after declining a place to study at Oxford University. John decided to hang up the gown and don the apron, a decision spurred on after he won The Great British Bake Off. Following his win, he wrote John Whaite Bakes: Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood and John Whaite Bakes At Home. His first non-baking cookery book, Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients was published in 2016 by Kyle Cathie and the success of this book quickly lead to his fourth book Comfort, being published a year later.
John is a popular brand ambassador and has worked with a number of leading blue chip food businesses. John also enjoys demonstrating his latest recipes, regularly appearing at some of the nation’s best food festivals and shows including BBC Good Food, The Cake & Bake Show and various regional food festivals across the country.