Following the success of his YouTube bake-along videos for pupils during the pandemic, Rob Baker, from Fareham, has opened his cooking, baking and decorating academy, Mr Baker’s Cake School, at Kiln Acre Business Centre off Wickham Road, for both adults and children.

He said: “I was contacted by a number of local schools who told me that they were using my videos to support their pupils. Having taught in a variety of primary schools over the last 14 years, I am all too familiar with the struggle of trying to teach children how to cook and bake, whilst lacking the necessary funding, facilities, experience and infrastructure.”

Rob has transformed his premises into a stimulating environment similar to the Great British Bake Off tent.

“Watching my grandmother whip up everything from homemade jams and preserves to Christmas cakes, puddings and pastries helped me to discover a real passion for cooking and baking.”

There will be regular after-school clubs and holiday play schemes – as well as a selection of one-off classes and baking experience days for adults.