John Whaite


John Whaite is a British Chef, Food Writer and TV personality. Probably best known for winning the third series of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off, John now runs his own cookery school, John Whaite’s Kitchen, set in the heart of rural Lancashire.

John presented ITV’s food programme Chopping Block with Rosemary Shrager, which aired in April & May 2016. His third book, Perfect Plates In 5 Ingredients, published by Kyle Books, launched on 21st April.  He is also resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine.

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. Even earlier than that, he was always keen to make ‘a living’ from food, selling bags of pick and mix to his peers at school “ without the teachers knowing, of course.

John then went on to study at Le Cordomgon 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 nations best food festivals and shows.

Click here to visit John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School website.


Sophie Grigson


Sophie Grigson is an award-winning food writer, teacher and television cook.  Her remarkable Pop-up Cookery School, based in Oxford ( is now four years old, and goes from strength to strength.  She is not a chef, but an enthusiastic champion of domestic cookery – in other words eminently practical, and keen on eating well.   

She has written too many books to count, from Eat Your Greens to her most recent book, Spices.  

Television series include Grow Your Greens Eat Your Greens, and Sophie in the Souk.


She is a patron of the Kid’s Cookery School ( in Acton, and Restore ( in Oxford.


Previous books include Vegetables,  The Student Cookbook, Sophie Grigson’s Country

Kitchen, Eat Your Greens, Fish and Sunshine Food.

Edd Kimber


Edd Kimber is a baker, food writer and TV personality and is the author of three cookbooks - The Boy Who Bakes (2011), Say It With Cake (2012) and Patisserie Made Simple (Oct 2014). 

Edd grew up in a house where baking was a regular occurrence, his first memory was standing on a stool in the kitchen helping his mum to make mince pies.  After studying politics at university Edd realised the corporate world wasn’t for him and after entering and winning the first series of The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two) he has jumped at the chance of following his passion for baking. 

Edd writes for several magazines and newspapers including regular features in BBC Good Food, Delicious and Waitrose Kitchen. Edd has also made regular appearances on TV including on Sunday Brunch and as resident baker on The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV 2014) as well as on his own Christmas special ‘John and Edd's Christmas Bakes’ (Food Network 2013). has been named as one of the best UK blogs by Woman and Home Magazine and as one of the best baking blogs by

Stacie Stewart


Stacie is a TV presenter, Masterchef finalist in 2009, bespoke baker, author, columnist and DJ. She has made numerous TV appearances and is popular on the Food Festival circuit. 

An everpresent here at the baking festival, we love here and think she's one of the best entertainers and bakers around.

Molly Robbins

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Molly Robbins is one of the UK's most celebrated and exciting Cake Artists. 

A special effects makeup artist who is trained in fine art, Molly uses the skills that she honed in her former life to create outstanding, innovative and downright extraordinary cakes. 

At only 25 years old Molly has a combined social media following of almost 100,000 fans and followers across Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter and her novelty cakes and cake tutorials have gone viral around the world with a reach of almost 10 million. 

Molly, an entrepreneur who began running her cake making business from scratch from her home town in Lancashire, is positioned as one of the most influential online Cake Artists for her age group. 

Industry accolades include two Gold awards at the world's largest cake competition 'Cake International', where this year she has gone on to exhibit as 'Rising Star of 2016'.

Molly's cakes have been featured as part of The Paul O'Grady Show, Blue Peter, and across CBBC. Her private clients include high profile talent from premiership footballers to Hollywood a-listers. 

Media coverage of her work has appeared in the Mail Online, Cake Masters magazine and Many weekly women's publications.

Molly will next be seen on screen as part of the upcoming Channel 4 15 part series 'Extreme Cake Makers' airing in Spring 2017.

Personal profile: Her father is actor and comedian Ted Robbins, she is the second cousin of Sir Paul McCartney.


Howard Middleton


Fans of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ will instantly recognise Howard from the fourth series of one of Britain’s most watched television shows. Elbowed muffins, missing custard and the infamous hemp loaf, Howard with his quirky style and love of unusual ingredients was at the heart of some memorable TV moments with appearances on Bake Off’s spin-off show ‘An Extra Slice,’ and having the final word in the last ever Bake Off on the BBC when we saw him back on our screens last Christmas.

A regular writer for the Great British Chefs website, he also teaches at Hartingtons Artisan Food School in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

His first book, ‘Delicious Gluten-Free Baking’ was published in September 2015 to rave reviews.

Howard will be book signing following his demonstrations.

Nigel Brown

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The Baking Festival wouldn't be what it is without Nigel our resident baker and master of ceremonies.

Having spent a lifetime in the hotel and catering industry, Yorkshire born and bred Nigel has worked at some of the UK’s biggest and busiest hotels. He also spent time overseas at the highly acclaimed French cookery school Ecole Le Notre where he picked up a wealth of experience and knowledge in areas of specialist patisserie work.


In 2007 Nigel filmed and produced a set of three cookery DVDs and launched his fabulous cookery academy in North Lincolnshire. Nigel’s academy is said to be Lincolnshire’s finest cookery school.


In between running courses at his cookery academy, Nigel regularly demonstrates at top food festivals and events throughout the UK. Amongst some of his more memorable achievements he was featured in a celebrity chef calendar (with his clothes on!) and over the years has catered for Nelson Mandela and Princess Anne.


In January 2012 Nigel became a regular recipe columnist for The Lady Magazine online.


2013 saw Nigel front a nine part foodie TV series, Haloodies. The show was broadcast to 136 countries around the world.


2014/15 was a busy year with delivering courses at the academy along with Nigel’s many food festival appearances across the UK and his commitment to charities that included running pop-up restaurants for CASE a Hull based charity that runs a disabled adults learning centre. 


2015 - the year that Nigel headed up the national campaign #EatWhatYouLike, a campaign that raised an eyebrow or two but gained much support from the nation as the campaign message was and is, eat what you like and live life to the full, everything in moderation is good for you.


A marriage of food and wine followed in the autumn/winter of 2015 as Nigel teamed up with Wine Rack UK to deliver food and wine tasting events at all of their new high street Wine Rack store openings across the UK, don’t worry if you missed one, more will follow in 2016!


With an unrivaled passion for sharing his wealth of expertise in the world of good food Nigel had his first cookery book, NB. HOW TO COOK published in 2015. Within 2 months of the books publication it rightfully received its first award from the GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS, winning the prestigious title of BEST COOKERY SCHOOL BOOK IN THE UK.


2016 will see Nigel embark on a national tour, Cookbook Live with Nigel Brown, and also in the early planning stage is An Audience with Novelli & Brown, a brand new show that will showcase both Nigel’s and his good friend Jean-Christophe’s latest cookbooks as they cook and entertain audiences with their amazing recipes and euro patter!


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