A TEACHER has shown his love of baking on the Hairy Bikers’ latest TV show.
Saqib Qayum appeared on the Hairy Bikers’ Chocolate Challenge to put his chocolate-making skills to the test.
The humanities supply teacher from Nelson was tasked with making a milk-chocolate based structure to represent his hometown.
He also made a chocolate bar, titling it ‘Witch Please’, paying homage to the Pendle Witches with both of the creations.
Speaking about his experience, the 30-year-old, said “I was the first off but it makes me more memorable and the feedback has been positive.
“I created a cauldron cake to depict the Pendle Witches, but it did not go as planned.”
Despite the hiccups in making his witch-themed creation, the teacher enjoyed his time on the show.
“He said: “It was fun to meet the Hairy Bikers, because they are my heroes, I watched them on TV a lot and they are as friendly in person.
“Simon was supportive, he gave me pep talks and genuinely wanted me to do well. He was like an uncle.”
Mr Qayum teaches humanities-related subjects such as religious studies and law at schools in Nelson.
He said: “Because I am a teacher, I know how important representation is to the students.
“Channel 5 found me on Instagram and I thought that there were not many people who look like me on TV, so I wanted to go on the show and show the boys they can do this.
“Most Asian boys are discouraged from things like this."
Before getting into baking, he spent four years in Japan as a teacher. While there, he started to miss cakes and desserts from England and turned to his mum for help.
He said: “I Skyped my mum and she showed me how to bake cakes and chocolates.
"I guess I just had a talent for it that I never thought I had.
"I made a cake for my friend’s wedding, and people loved it, so I started taking orders.
To see Saqibr’s work follow his Instagram @whiskmeaway_bakes.