John Whaite

Our guest this episode is chef, TV presenter, author and former Great British Bake Off champion John Whaite. In a conversation that is emotional, honest and uplifting, he talks about his struggles with depression and disordered eating, about therapy, letting go of perfectionism and people-pleasing, and his journey to self-acceptance. Marking Pride month with a glorious rainbow cake recipe (find it on, he describes the importance of celebrating queerness, and embracing his true self.

John is a regular chef on Steph's Packed Lunch which airs every weekday at 12:30pm on Channel 4. You can follow him on Instagram @john_whaite and his cookery school @johnwhaiteskitchen. 

Please note,  this episode includes conversation about eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. 

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Host: Jimi Famurewa

Co-host: Alison Oakervee

Producer: Sera Berksoy

Executive Producer: Nikki Duffy

Assistant Producer: Ashleigh Arnott

Editor: Nathan Copelin

A John Brown production for Waitrose & Partners


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