Former primary school Head Teacher Val is originally from Conisbrough near Doncaster but now lives with husband Ian near Yeovil. Aged 15 she took over the family baking and has stayed at the helm of the kitchen now for over 50 years. She says her style is traditional and she can make the classics with her eyes closed, but she also enjoys searching the internet, finding new recipes. Now semi-retired, she still works two days a week as a substitute teacher. She loves incorporating baking into her teaching so that the children can grow up with as much passion for it as she did. In her spare time Val loves to exercise and can often be found doing aerobics in her kitchen whilst she waits for her jam to boil or her bread to prove.