Sweet victory could await South Shields man as he makes it to semi-final of Chocolate Challenge with the Hairy Bikers
From customer service to concocting chocolate creations – Karl Denham is aiming to become top of the block.
The 27-year-old has made it through to the semi-final of the Channel 5 show Chocolate Challenge with the Hairy Bikers, which will be screened at 11.05pm on Wednesday, March 4.
The programme-makers plan to show the finale of the series straight after that, with Karl sworn to secrecy about whether he is among the last three of the seven competitors to make it to the last hurdle.
The challenge’s presenters Dave Myers and Geordie Si King sees them joined by award-winning chocolatier Ruth Hinks, with the winner to help create a new flavour of Kit Kat.
Karl, who is from Biddick Hall and went to St Wilfrid's RC College, started baking and making sweet treats around seven years ago.
He auditioned to join in the television challenge after he was sent a message through his Instagram account @karldenham from the show's team, which his mam Pauline, 56, dad John, 60, and nanna Mary, 83, giving him their backing through the process.
The senior host for LNER has already created a chocolate bar called Taste of the Toon, made with caramel and shortbread, decorated with an Angel of the North on its packaging to reflect his North East roots.
In the second task, he made chocolate bonbons which featured the flavours of tiramisu, inspired by his mum’s favourite dessert, which led to judges remarking they were good enough to make it into a box of chocolates.
The third task was to use textures to make a jumbo chocolate bar, with his rosemary caramel and honeycomb treat, topped with white and dark chocolate, proving his biggest challenge yet.
It still won him a place in tomorrow’s show.
“It's been absolutely fantastic and the Hairy Bikers are the presenters but they’re also joined as a judge Ruth Hinks and then I saw the sculptures she had made for the world championship and the stuff she has made is stunning,” said Karl, who now lives in Newcastle.
“It’s been a fascinating experience.
“Ultimately, I would love one day to have my own shop where people can come in an have cake and a coffee.”