With his easy-going charm, cheeky humour and baking brilliance, Dan Beasley-Harling was one of the most memorable contestants in 2018’s The Great British Bake Off. A firm favourite with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, he received a record-breaking three ‘Hollywood handshakes’ – for his Boozy Black Forest Gateaux Tray Bake in Cake Week, his Sticky Spiced Orange Chelsea Buns in Bread Week. and his deliciously fruity Florida Roulade in Desserts Week, when he was also named Star Baker. Paul said he was ‘one of the most natural bakers we’ve seen in the tent’.
A London-based, stay-at-home father of two young children, Dan was also a big hit with viewers, who loved his sense of fun and irreverent streak. Comedian Tom Allen described him as ‘sassy’.
Entirely self-taught, Dan is a perfectionist who wants to make every one of his recipes a thing of beauty. For him, ‘the pleasure of eating begins with what we see’. As a full-time father who cooks for his family, he also understands the challenge of creating tasty, nutritious, affordable dishes throughout the week, and the importance of food in making family memories.
Dan posts recipes and blogs on his website danbeasleyharling.com and has an enthusiastic following on Twitter and Instagram. Since his appearance on Bake Off, Dan has been approached by a number of leading brands to develop recipes, and he is currently working on a proposal for a book on the theme of ‘household management’, which embraces everything from smart shopping to meal planning and the creative use of leftovers.
For more information about Dan Beasley-Harling, please contact Stuart Cooper