A DEAF pastry chef working at a luxury hotel on the outskirts of Bala is proving to be an inspiration to others during his journey on Great British Bake Off: The Professionals.

Alongside Pale Hall partner Adam Cleal, Sam Widnall has impressed judges on the show by not letting his deafness stand in the way of his dreams.

The show saw the pair put their unique yet effective working routine into practice.

Adam explained to the judges, Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden, that he and Sam work through “texting, typing and writing stuff down”.

Sam was also provided with a sign language interpreter who could bridge the communication gap between him and judges.

In the first episode, six teams of two faced two challenges over two days. Adam and Sam more than survived with judges saying they were in "a different league".

Sam was also chosen as Channel 4's Role Model for Deaf Awareness week recently.

A Pale Hall spokesperson said: "Sam entered Bake Off Pro's with Head Pastry Chef Adam Cleal to show you can follow your dreams. We think he has that covered."