Budding 90-year-old chef John Sprakes has had his wish come true ith a private lesson from Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth.
The Hallmark Care Homes resident, who gives his own cooking demonstrations at Kew House in Wimbledon, had his wish granted as part of the provider’s Lucky Star programme.
John said: “I had a wonderful time. I am so happy that I have been able to learn things from Andrew and I would like to thank the management here at Kew House for making this happen.
“I have been enthusiastic about baking ever since I came into the home and the management have been really good at encouraging me to practice. I now even have my own weekly baking class!
“Andrew was a wonderful teacher and I have learnt a number of things, like how to make homemade custard, and I cannot wait until I can show my family what I have learnt.”
Andrew Smyth said: “It was an absolute pleasure to surprise John at Kew House for a baking lesson. He was hilarious and a real gentleman!
“We had great fun making a Swedish apple cake with homemade custard. Hopefully he’s picked up a few hints and tips and I’m sure he’ll continue to delight friends and family with his baking exploits.”
Customer relationship manager at Kew House, Jane Knight, added: “Andrew and John worked so well together and they instantly had a great relationship, which made the baking lesson so much more special. I would like to extend my thanks to Andrew for coming into the home and creating this lasting memory for John.
“John is such a kind and inspirational gentleman and I am thrilled that we can give back to him some of the joy he brings us on a daily basis.”