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Shaunna Latchman works in media communications, writes her own successful blog, and is a regular contributor to several websites.

Made in Oxfordshire

Shaunna Latchman

Name: Lorraine Pascale

D.O.B: 17 November 1972

Born: Hackney, London

Lives: London

With a hoard of bakery books, TV series galore and a modelling career under her belt, Lorraine Pascale’s career would lead you to believe that her life is flawless: a wholesome world of delicious delights, where her greatest concern is a crisp crème brulée. Yet her first few years in this world were far from sweet.

Born to Caribbean parents in Hackney, Pascale was fostered for the first 18 months of her life until she was adopted by a family in Witney, Oxfordshire. One would hope that this was the beginning of her “happily ever after”, but after her adopted parents divorced she was catapulted back into the foster care system. At the age of 11 she won a full scholarship given by the Buttle Trust, and was educated at a boarding school in Devon.

Spotted by the same scout who discovered Naomi Campbell, at 16 Pascale embarked on a journey that took her to fashion capitals across the world such as London, Paris and Milan with the likes of Kate Moss and Campbell by her side, yet donning the designs of Chanel, Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent wasn’t all it was cut out to be, and the leggy, raven-haired beauty still yearned for more. Marriage in her early twenties and a baby girl gave Pascale a reality check and she slung her sling backs in search of a new calling.

This new quest saw her dabble in car mechanics, hypnotherapy and interior design before landing at Leiths School of Food and Wine, and so, a star was born. After securing a diploma, she attended the University of West London where she gained a degree in Culinary Arts, and quick to put her new skills to use, Pascale tried working at several London restaurants before deciding she was better off supplying them with her delectable sweet treats.

Establishing herself as a specialist cake maker, Pascale secured a contract with Selfridges and went on to open her own shop in Covent Garden. The success of her bakery had book deal offers and TV shows coming from both the UK and the USA: Home Baking Made Easy, Baking Made Easy and The Hairy Bikers and Lorraine Pascale: Cooking the Nation’s Favourite Food, to name a few.

Regardless of her global success, Pascale is very much grounded and refuses to let her upbringing cloud her future. She is a firm believer that “good fostering can build brighter, happier futures for children and young people.” Now a UK Government Fostering Ambassador, Pascale supports several charitable causes, including The Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT) the largest charity providing fostering and adoption services across the United Kingdom, Barnados and the Prince’s Trust.

 - Shaunna Latchman