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A chin-wag with Jon Richardson

Taking on the tent will be comedian Jon Richardson, who’s as passionate about standing up to cancer as he is about stand-up comedy. Let’s find out if he’s feeling confident about his culinary skills.

So, Jon. can you bake?

I think anyone can bake, but I don’t think I can bake well. I’ve not got the patience for decorating things, and making things even and tidy.

If you were a baked good, what would you be?

It would be nice to be a piece of toast. Everyone likes a piece of toast. No one is ever sad when you offer them a piece of toast and if I could be that to someone, that would be nice.

What’s your personal signature dish?

Baking-wise, I’m disappointed not to have had the opportunity to do a Battenberg, because I think that is my ideal cake. It’s very square, regular and beige. It’s everything I stand for: an antiquated, beige, square slab!

Are you a Bake Off fan?

I like Bake Off! I find it quite tense to watch. If I watch The X Factor, I know I’m never going to aspire to sing so I don’t mind if they’re good or bad, but when I watch Bake Off, because I aspire to be good at it, I find that I try to put myself in their position. I think ‘oh my God’ that’s what I would do, I’d forget that or drop that.

Who do you want to impress the most in the tent – Paul or Prue?

I’ll take what I can get in terms of praise, if anyone says anything nice to me, I’ll be their friend for life.

Are you more likely to get a Hollywood handshake, or a soggy bottom?

Soggy bottom, yes definitely, I’m not a big handshake man anyway to be honest, and not one for physical contact, so I’ll take a Hollywood nod.

Why is supporting Stand Up To Cancer important to you?

I think Stand Up To Cancer is a massive cause. I lost my uncle and a friend of mine this year.  For them, and for everyone I’ve lost to cancer, and for everyone who anyone has ever lost to cancer, I think there’s a lot of work still to be done. We’ve got to keep our collective foot to the pedal.