John Whaite has sent a statement to his supporters who have voiced worry about his absence from a TV show.
The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, who ended as runner-up with partner Johannes Radebe on the 2021 series, is a regular guest chef on Steph’s Packed Lunch, with host Steph McGovern.
The 34-year-old posted a video on Instagram explaining why he won’t be appearing on the Channel 4 show for a time.
‘Morning everybody. Thank you for the messages about my break from Packed Lunch. There is nothing to worry about though. A few people have been quite concerned,’ the former Great British Bake Off winner began.
‘I love my job on Packed Lunch. I love the team, and I’m just having a bit of a breather just so that I can think about what’s next for me, think about what 2024 is going to look like.’
John then mentioned his Lancashire Baking School, where students may attend culinary classes.
‘Whether it’s more Baking School – which it will be, there will be more Baking School – but how much Baking School. Whether I open a business, dot dot dot…,’ he continued.
‘And also I just want some breathing space before I go into panto in Bradford this winter, just to spend time with family and friends.’
The TV chef finished his speech by assuring his audience that there is “nothing to be concerned about.”
‘So thank you for the messages. Nothing to worry about at all. I’ll still be making Packed Lunch for the foreseeable,’ he said.
‘I’m just having maybe the rest of October off, but thank you. Have a great day!’
He then shifted the camera to show his dog lying on the sofa, as he added: ‘Lots of love from me and one sleepy puppy.’
Several Instagram users commended John in the comments section of his video for taking a break when he knew he needed one.
‘At last,someone who has a bit of common sense and knows when to put the brakes on 👍🏼 Too many people think it’s the law to flog themselves senseless. Good for you!!’ one person wrote.
‘The truth is sometimes you have to do what’s best for you and your life, not what’s best for everyone else. It’s OK if you don’t have everything figured out yet, you do you and enjoy every minute of your break ❤️,’ another added.
Someone else shared: ‘Thanks for modelling good self care, and finding space to reflect x.’
Steph’s Packed Lunch is available to watch on Channel 4.