John Whaite is a British Cook, Cookery Author, content creator and TV presenter. John appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2021 and danced his way into the final alongside his professional partner Johannes Radebe. John also won the third series of The Great British Bake Off, and runs his own cookery school, John Whaite’s Kitchen, set in the heart of rural Lancashire.
Since June 2020, John can be seen twice weekly cooking inspirational and achievable recipes on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch. In 2016 & 17 John co-presented 40 episodes of ITV’s food programme, Chopping Block with Rosemary Shrager.
His fifth book, A Flash in The Pan was published in August 2019, others books include Comfort which was chosen as a Book of the Year by BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme and Perfect Plates in 5 Ingredients – his first non-baking cookery book . John is also known for his beautiful food photography and design which is displayed throughout all his work in publishing and on his very popular Instagram feed.
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.
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.
John is proud to be an active member and campaigner for the LGBTQ+ community as well as all issues relating to equality.