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John Whaite is a British baker, cook, chocolatier and TV personality. He gained a diploma in patisserie from the revered Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts, and has published two cookbooks: John Whaite Bakes and John Whaite Bakes At Home. He also contributes a monthly food column to Attitude Magazine, for which he has appeared on the cover twice.

In early 2014 John launched his exclusive artisan chocolate shop The Hungry Dog Artisan Chocolates (website here). He hand makes and hand decorates each single chocolate, and only sells a limited number a week.

Gaining a first class degree in Law 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 third series of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off.

Having always had an interest in performance and gaining LAMDA and RADA acting qualifications, John is a natural on stage and enjoys taking part in food shows, book signings and interviews across the country, as well as regular appearances on television. 

He lives with his partner in South East London, where he hosts regular baking classes.