A Wakefield couple are proving that you can have your cake and eat it after opening a new cookery school.
Artisan baker Kevan Roberts and his wife Kathryn, who is a teacher, have been inundated with enquiries from wannabe Paul Hollywood’s and Mary Berry’s after setting up the Yorkshire School of Baking.
Juggling the new venture alongside full-time jobs, the couple were inspired to launch the enterprise by the success of TV shows like The Great British Bake Off.
As well as running holiday classes for children from Kettlethorpe High School’s food technology rooms, the couple offer community classes, demonstrations and one to one tuition. They are also working with Able2 in Crofton, a sporting organisation for disabled people of all ages, to help get them baking.
Mr Roberts is a baker at Blacker Hall Farm Shop in Wakefield.
He said: “Over the past 20 years, many people have asked me to share my knowledge and expertise with them and let them into the secret of making real bread.
“We genuinely want to inspire children to get in the kitchen and bake and hope this is the catalyst that will arm them with valuable life skills, enthusiasm and passion.”
Mrs Roberts, 43, who works at Earlsheaton Technology College in Dewsbury, said: “Since creating a Twitter feed and Facebook page six weeks ago things have gone a little crazy. We started the school because we have agenuine love and passion for baking to pass on to the next generation.”