Michael, who’s 26, lives in Stratford town centre with a flatmate – a vegan, who was sadly unable to help him eat his many left-over experimental bakes – although Michael assures us his front-of-house work colleagues at the Royal Shakespeare Company were happy to step into the breach.
Besides his job at the RSC, Michael works as a fitness instructor. He’s been baking cakes since he was a youngster growing up in the appropriately named Scone in Scotland, with his loving family – mum, dad and two brothers (Michael’s the middle one).
During his university years studying English at Edinburgh University his baking took a brief break (scuppered by student life and a messy shared kitchen). On an idle whim he applied to go on Bake Off a year ago, and, despite panic attacks on the telly, sliced fingers, and split sponges, he has had a brilliant experience.
In person Michael is as sparky, engaging and as caring as he is on the television. He joined the FOCUSLife team for a long chat, a lot of laughs and photo session at The Farm Stratford – see the magazine, free with the current edition of the Herald, for our full interview.