Law graduate crowned Great British Bake Off champ

first_imgJohn Whaite was named as this year’s winner in the gripping finale of BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off last night.The 23-year-old Manchester University law graduate took home the coveted title in the third series of the BAFTA award-winning amateur baking television show, which was reported to secure around six million viewers.He beat off stiff competition from the series’ youngest contestant, 21-year-old medical student James Morton from the Shetland Islands, as well as 63-year-old semi-retired recruitment consultant Brendan Lynch.Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning about why viewers watch the show, Whaite said: “I think what it is about The Great British Bake Off is that not only is it about food that the UK loves, but it’s a really homely and friendly competition – that’s what is fresh in the media at the moment and that’s why people love it.”He has confirmed that he is saving up so he can afford to train at either the Le Cordon Bleu of Ritz Escoffier patisserie schools in Paris, as well as planning to release his own recipe book and open up a bakery business in the future.”Hopefully I can be a patissier but the future is blurry so you will have to watch this space at the minute, but I know where I want to go,” he added. “I’ve would love write my own book, as I’ve been writing my own blog for about a year now, and I just want to keep baking and get the nation baking. There should be a bakery on every street corner and it’s my ambition to help that movement.”I think baking is an entrenched tradition in the UK, and it’s thanks to programmes like The Great British Bake Off that these are starting to re-emerge.”The three budding bakers were tested to their limits in the last show of the 10-programme series with a number of challenges, judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. This included the finalists making a savoury-filled pithivier in the signature challenge and 25 fondant fancies as part of the show’s last technical challenge.Whaite managed to win over the judges in the showstopper bakery challenge with a heaven and hell-themed chiffon cake, consisting of a dark chocolate and orange base, topped with lemon and coconut meringue miniature cakes.Hollywood said: “John was fantastic. He had his ups and downs through the whole series, but actually, overall, when he nails it, he absolutely nails it. His thought processes are design and baking and, for the first time, they just joined up. The passion the guy has is just phenomenal.”Berry added: “He showed us that he could bake to an exceedingly high standard. He knows how to design a cake, amd he has a modern twist.”Contestants from this year’s series of the British show are also looking to pursue careers in baking, including Cathryn Dresser and Sarah-Jane Willis, both from West Sussex, who have decided to partner up and create their own market stall business.Manisha Parmar from Leicester has seen an increase in demand for her celebration cakes, while Ryan Chong, who lives in Bristol, is touring Europe to learn more about artisan baking.Baking buzzThe Great British Bake Off has helped to raise the profile of baking among the masses, with its producers already calling for keen amateur bakers to come forward and apply for the show’s fourth series, and the format now secured in other countries, such as Ireland and Australia. Last night’s final saw a flurry of responses on social media website Twitter, with the show trending as a topic of discussion among online users while the programme aired. The semi-final, which aired last Tuesday (9 October) also managed to secure 5.6 million viewers. Janice Hadlow, BBC Two controller, told The Independent: “I’m absolutely thrilled by the phenomenal success of The Great British Bake Off – all the ingredients of record ratings, a worthy winner, the expertise of Mary and Paul, wonderful presenters Mel and Sue and a brilliant series put together by Love Productions, plus of course all those irresistible cakes have come together to make a very special programme for BBC Two.”last_img read more

Cops: Suspects Shouted Anti-Muslim Slurs & Threatened To Kill Gas Station Clerks

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are searching for two suspects who went on an anti-Muslim rant and threatened to kill two Cedarhurst gas station clerks because of their religion, police said.The incident, which occurred at a Shell gas station on Rockaway Avenue on Saturday night, is also being investigated as a potential bias crime due to the suspects’ racial slurs and anti-Muslim remarks.According to police, the two suspects—a man and a woman—grew angry after they were denied “slushies” because the gas station wasn’t able to make the frozen beverages at that time. They became more enraged when a store clerk denied their use of an electronic food stamps card to purchase several other unidentified items.That prompted the woman to throw food at the clerk and “to use racial slurs, anti-Muslim remarks and threatened to kill both store clerks,” said Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, the police department’s chief spokesman, at a press conference Monday at police headquarters in Mineola.When one of the clerks demanded they leave, the male suspect pushed a New York State Lotto machine to the ground, causing $4,000 worth of damage, LeBrun said. The man also launched a 6-foot metal cart and two bottles of antifreeze in the clerks’ direction, he added.Prior to fleeing the store, the pair repeated their anti-Muslim remarks and physical threats.LeBrun declined to go into specifics about what was said, reiterating that they were “very disparaging and very harmful remarks.”Nassau County police are searching for these two suspects, who they say shouted anti-Muslim remarks at a gas station clerk“I’m just going to basically state that they were derogatory, and they did threaten to kill them based on their religious and ethnic origin,” LeBrun said.A manager at the gas station told the Press he wasn’t working Saturday but he was informed the woman shouted, “Kill him! Kill him!” to her companion.“They messed up the place,” said the manager, who wished only to be identified by his initials, G.S.The manager said this was the first time in three decades that anything like this had happened.“Even in 9/11 [this] never happened,” he told the Press. “I don’t know what was in their mind.”G.S. said he didn’t know what specifically was said during the altercation.At the press conference, LeBrun said bias crimes “will not be tolerated in Nassau County.”Although police are investigating the incident as a possible bias crime, LeBrun said authorities believe it was the clerk’s insistence that “slushies” were unavailable that sparked the outburst.The suspects were last seen fleeing the store northbound on Rockaway Avenue. The man was described as black, wearing a black shirt, shorts, and a blue baseball cap that was turned backwards. The woman was described as black, wearing a white shirt, shorts and long, black, braided hair.Authorities are analyzing video footage and information regarding the electronic food stamps card.Detectives ask anyone with information about the crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.(Featured photo: Tony Webster/Creative Commons License)last_img read more