Chef described his partnership as ‘a great step forward in representation and inclusion’
The chef and TV presenter, who won the third series of the cookery competition in 2012, will take part in the dancing competition when it returns this Autumn.
Whaite, who currently presents a weekly segment on Steph’s Packed Lunch, will compete in the first all-male same-sex pair in the show’s history, following on from Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, who competed together last year.
Speaking about joining Strictly, Whaite said: “I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 famille. I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth.
“What’s more exciting for me, is that I’m going to be one half of the first all-male partnership, which is a great step forward in representation and inclusion. Whoever it is I’m paired with, I hope they are up for a challenge as I want our routines to include lots of spectacular lifts!"
He joins previously announced contestants Tom Fletcher, Robert Webb and AJ Odudu, all of whom were revealed to be taking part on The One Show mercredi (4 août).
Venez danser strictement returns to BBC One this autumn.