Great British Bake Off finalist gives surprise baking lesson to Hallmark care home resident


Great British Bake Off finalist, Andrew Smyth surprised resident John Sprakes, 90 by visiting him at Kew House, Hallmark Care Homes’ facility in Wimbledon and arranging a private baking lesson.


The runner up from last year’s hit BBC show took his apron and Swedish apple cake recipe to Hallmark’s residential, nursing and dementia home as he popped in to cook with baking enthusiast, John in April.


The visit was arranged by management at Kew House as part of Hallmark Care Homes’ annual Christmas wish-granting competition called Lucky Star.


John who delivers weekly cooking demonstrations to fellow residents at the home, requested to a have a baking lesson from a top chef last December.


He 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.”


Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth, 25 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 said: “I am so happy that Andrew came into Kew House to fulfil John’s Christmas wish!


“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.”


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