Now that Channel 4 have coughed up enough dough and Great British Bake Off is moving to the commercial network, talk turns to the show’s beloved judges and hosts.
And we’re left wondering if this perhaps isn’t the perfect opportunity for Paul Hollywood to step things up a gear and take over from Chris Evans on the BBC motoring show, Top Gear.
Paul admitted earlier in 2016 – in an interview with former Top Gear host Chris Evans – that even though Bake Off’s move was not up to himself or Mary Berry, ‘as far as Mary, Mel [Giedroyc], Sue [Perkins] and myself are concerned we want to stay on the BBC’.
Great British Bake Off (Picture: Love Productions/BBC)
Sources close to the four also revealed that ‘the stars have made it clear they don’t want to defect’ and that they ‘would be prepared to quit if it had left the BBC’.
Now that the show is leaving the Beeb though, this may be Paul’s opportunity to move on and make a name for himself outside of baking, having previously told Now magazine that the future holds ‘more car programmes’ for him.
Paul Hollywood vs Matt LeBlanc (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)
A self-confessed petrol-head, he presented a one-off show called Licence to Thrill about Aston Martins and in his spare time is an amateur sports car racer – and he has already suggested a charity car race between himself and Matt LeBlanc, the star of Top Gear’s revamped new series.
‘I didn’t realise how much he was into cars. I think he’s done really well on Top Gear. I was like, “Really? Matt LeBlanc?” but when I saw him I was like, “He’s good”.
So who is Paul Hollywood?
The son of a bakery proprietor, Paul studied sculpture at the Wallasey School of Art, but quit the course to start work as a baker.
At first he worked in his father’s bakery before becoming head baker at several high-profiles hotels including The Dorchester and The Cliveden Hotel.
In 2008 he created the most expensive bread in the world; an almond and roquefort sourdough loaf that costs £15 per loaf from Harrods. The roquefort was supplied from a specialist in France at £15 per kilo, while the flour for the bread was made by a miller in Wiltshire.
Since 2010 he has partnered with Mary Berry as the judges on the Great British Bake Off, a BAFTA award-winning baking competition.
With his twinkly blue eyes and no-nonsense attitude, we reckon Paul would make a great addition to the Top Gear team, bouncing off of Matt’s straight American humour.
His knowledge about the car industry would appeal to fans of the show and the silver fox already has a built-in fanbase that would willingly tune in to see him every week.
Article courtesy of Rebecca Lewis for Metro.co.uk Tuesday 13 Sep 2016 12:49 pm