'Mary Berry, eat your heart out' - piece of cake for William at youth club
Published 14/09/2016 | 18:06
The Duke of Cambridge has sympathised with fans of The Great British Bake Off "distraught" the show is leaving the BBC - but said it will be just as good at its new Channel 4 home.
William spoke about the popular programme when he gave a display of cake decorating during a visit to a south London youth club.
After joining a class where youngsters were being taught how to pipe vanilla butter cream onto cup cakes, he told them he had watched the show featuring Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
The future king spent a few moments decorating the sweet treat, then looked up and said: "Mary Berry, eat your heart out - look at that."
He turned to Patricia Nunoo, 17, a volunteer at the Caius House youth club in Wandsworth, and said: "Not quite as elegant as yours, but it's a start."
The future of Bake Off has been thrown into turmoil following the shock announcement it will move from the BBC to Channel 4 and the revelation hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will not return to the show next year.
Fans have been left on tenterhooks as Berry and Hollywood have yet to confirm they will be joining the show when it moves.
William said to the young bakers around him: "You must be distraught it's moving, but I'm sure it will be just as good."
Speaking about who is the best chef in his home, he added: "Catherine is a very good cook. I did a lot of cooking when I was younger but you have to reach a certain level when you can throw stuff in, but I stick rigidly to the recipe."
William spent more than an hour touring Caius House in Wandsworth, which offers a range of training and support opportunities in disciplines ranging from music and dance to sport and fitness.
Its origins began in 1887 when undergraduates and fellows from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, rented a house in Battersea and started a college "settlement" where they lived and ran a range of clubs for local residents.
A former graduate of the college, Edward Wilson - the doctor on Captain Scott's ill-fated South Pole expedition - worked at the institution when he moved to London in 1896 as a medical student.
The club flourished over the decades and has been serving the local community for almost 130 years, and moved into new premises, constructed on its original site, in September 2014.
Today it welcomes on average 500 young people between the ages of eight and 21 each week who use the centre's facilities.
After watching a dance display by a group of teenagers, William was persuaded to try one other move called The Wave.
He copied his teacher Candice Blake, 15, and raised his arms up so his body formed a T, then slowly tried to make a wave ripple from his fingertips along his arm and to his other hand.
The Duke laughed at his own efforts and said about their performance: "It's very cool, if you need an extra back-room dancer give me a shout."