Q&A with Jo Wheatley at BBC GFS Summer

We sat down with brilliant baker Jo Wheatley at this year's BBC Good Food Show Summer. Read on to find out her favourite dishes and cooking tips! 

 

What would you say is your signature dish?

Anything homely, like a roast dinner with homemade Yorkshire puddings.


Who, what or where provides inspiration for your cooking?

Seasonal foods, television, the internet, and going out for dinner.


What advice would you give to aspiring cooks or chefs?

Take your time and be prepared. The will to succeed is nothing without the will to prepare.


What is your favourite comfort food or guilty pleasure?

Bread without a doubt - I love sour dough, I call it Jeff with a J!

Do you have any tips for getting kids interested in food and cooking?

I think baking with them is a great and easy way to start to teach children to cook. Also, just having them around when you're cooking and encouraging them to learn the process from growing things like strawberries in the garden, and then making them into something in the kitchen.


Describe your dream dinner party menu:

Well it would have to be something I've made. So for a winter menu, I would have a nice homemade soup with sour dough on the side then a nice homemade beef Wellington with hassleback potatoes cooked in goose fat and lots of variation of vegetables but make them interesting by adding spices. To finish for dessert, a crumble with homemade custard.

For a summer menu I would do Thai fish cakes with chilli dipping sauce to start, and then a BBQ steak - I really like a good steak - and then for dessert it would have to be pavlova with light cream and then a nut brittle topping.