James Morton (baker)

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James Morton
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James appearing on The Great British Bake Off
Born James Morton
May 1991 (age 23)
Inverness, Scotland
Residence Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality British, Scottish
Education University of Glasgow
Occupation Author
Baker
Medical Student
Years active 2012 - present
Known for The Great British Bake Off
Brilliant Bread
Home town Hillswick, Shetland
Parents Tom Morton
Website
Official website

James Morton (born 26 May 1991) is a British and Scottish celebrity baker, author and reality television contestant, based in Glasgow, who rose to fame when he became the runner up on the third series of The Great British Bake Off.

Early life[edit]

James Morton was born in Inverness, Scotland, but from the age of 3 grew up in the Shetland Islands. He was introduced to baking by his maternal grandmother, who taught him after school each day.[1] He is the son of journalist and national radio presenter Tom Morton.

Career[edit]

The Great British Bake Off[edit]

In the first Summer of his medical degree at the University of Glasgow, James worked washing dishes at a small Glasgow deli. A keen bread baker already, here he was exposed to the wide variation of bread production and results. From then on, he studied baking as a science rather than a craft, often preferring to read peer-review cereal journals than cookbooks. He watched The Great British Bake Off (Series 2) during 2011 and decided to apply following pressure from his university friends.[2]

James's Gingerbread Barn.

During James's subsequent appearance on the show, he reached the final with bakes such as an "oak-framed Gingerbread Barn" and "double Paris-Brest Choux pastry Bicycle," eventually losing out to winner John Whaite.

After Bake Off[edit]

Since, James has amassed a large following on Twitter and founded a popular baking blog. He began writing a regular column in the "7 Days" supplement of the Sunday Mail newspaper in early 2013. He regularly composes comment and recipes for a wide variety of online and print publications.[3] He has been a guest celebrity on numerous television shows, including Sunday Brunch and Big Fat Quiz of the Year.[4] In October 2013, he was a guest presenter on ‘’RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes’’ and he tours Scotland with his bread demonstration shows “James Morton Kneads to Raise Some Dough” and “James Morton’s Stollen Christmas”, taking them to large festivals such as Dundee Flower and Food Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He released his first book, "Brilliant Bread", in August 2013. It was published by Ebury Publishing.

Medicine[edit]

As well as his career as a baker, James is a full-time medical student at the University of Glasgow.[5]

Books[edit]

  • Brilliant Bread (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dingwall, John. "Great British Bake Off star James Morton says he has no plans to quit his medicine degree despite his TV success", The Daily Record, Glasgow, 25 August 2013. Retrieved on 25 August 2013.
  2. ^ Runcie, Charlotte. "Great British Bake Off star James Morton on balancing full-time study with baking bread", The List (magazine), Glasgow, 6 September 2013. Retrieved on 9 September 2013.
  3. ^ Eames, Tom. "'Great British Bake Off': James Morton lambasts online haters", Digital Spy, London, 22 October 2013. Retrieved on 25 October 2013.
  4. ^ Channel 4. "Scrapbook for Sunday Brunch", Sunday Brunch, London, 28 September 2013. Retrieved on 28 October 2013.
  5. ^ Handley, Emily. "From chemistry to cronuts: The rise of the student baker", The Independent, London, 08 October 2013. Retrieved on 25 October 2013.

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