Reviewed by: Sophie Dening
Lancashire native and series-three Bake Off winner John Whaite opened his cookery school in January 2016. He teaches most of the classes himself and, along with his sister Jane Tasker, who manages the business, extends a warm and personal welcome to students who come for day courses in a converted 400-year-old barn on their family farm. The focus is on creative food in a domestic context: the foundations of baking and patisserie are respected, naturally, but John’s teaching style is ultra relaxed and there’s no teacher-student hierarchy. Popular classes among the gloriously carby offering include Afternoon Tea, concentrating on scones and small cakes and tarts, and the All-American Baking Day, which covers donuts, bagels and apple pie; you can learn how to make Italian brisket ragù at John’s Italian Cooking class, but it’s mainly the sweet stuff that attracts so many return customers. Classes are small (up to 10) and sell out fast.