PAUL Hollywood is the baking expert best known for putting contestants through their paces on The Great British Bake Off.
He’s been a judge on the show since the very first show and was the only member of the BBC team to jump ship with the programme to Channel 4 – so what else do we know about the hard tartmaster?
Who is Paul Hollywood?
The 51-year-old is a baker and best-selling author and was born in Wallasey in Cheshire.
His passion for food is certainly in his roots, as he was the son of bakery proprietor, John F. Hollywood.
Paul’s grandfather also had a similar occupation, as he worked as head baker at The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.
When he’s not in the kitchen, car aficionado Hollywood enjoys taking part in motor racing.
He competed in Le Mans in 2015, as well as winning first in class at the GT Cup with partner Johnny Adam.
Why is Paul Hollywood famous?
As well as his successful baking career, Paul has made various TV appearances.
He has featured on The Generation Game, The Heaven and Earth Show, Loose Women and This Morning.
Paul’s most well-known telly role is on The Great British Bake Off, where has worked as a judge since 2010.
He famously doesn’t hold back when he tests the amateur cooks’ attempts at the trickiest of recipes.
What is Paul Hollywood’s baking experience?
After quitting his course at the Wallasey School of Art, Paul was employed in his dad’s bakery in York.
He worked in a number of different pastry, bread and cake outlets before he was promoted to head baker.
Hollywood has held this role in countless prestigious hotels, including The Dorchester, Chester Grosvenor and Spa and the Cliveden Hotel.
What are Paul Hollywood’s best recipes?
Fans were outraged to discover Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry do NOT bake the cakes they show off on TV.
But thankfully, the experienced baker shares many of his recipes and tips on his official website.
He reveals his cooking secrets on a whole host of delicious treats, from puddings to pies and bread.
Every week, Paul shares a new recipe online as well as blogging about his experiences and future plans.
More of Hollywood’s recipes are available in his books, which include 100 Great Breads, The Weekend Baker and How To Bake.
What is Paul Hollywood’s net worth?
The Sun exclusively revealed that Paul Hollywood is worth an eye-watering £10million.
He has almost £8.8million of assets in his new company HJP Media LLP, latest accounts show.
The no-nonsense judge has also raked in a further £1.2milion in a company called Paul Hollywood Limited.
New GBBO expert Prue Leith has revealed that she’s earning THREE TIMES more than former judge Mary Berry.
Following the news that Hollywood has probably signed an equally lucrative pay-cheque, the star has recently invested in a £1.45million mansion.
Why did Paul Hollywood leave the BBC to remain as a GBBO judge?
Some fans were NOT happy with Paul Hollywood when he announced he would be leaving the BBC behind to take-up work on the Channel 4 revamp.
Despite this, a friend of Paul told The Sun that it was Paul’s ambition that encouraged him to take the new job.
The source said: “Paul is one of the most driven people you will ever meet, and he was never going to go along with the rest of them at his own personal expense.
“He knows his association with Bake Off is the main thing that makes him marketable. He was never going to walk away.”
How did Paul respond to the Nazi uniform photo revelations?
The Sun on Sunday revealed pictures of Paul posing in a Nazi uniform in a village pub in Kent before heading to a party.
In the pictures, taken before he joined Bake Off, Paul was wearing a red swastika armband as part of his outfit.
Responding to the publication of the images, Paul said he was “devastated” to have caused any offence, but insisted he and pals were dressing as ‘Allo ‘Allo characters en-route to a themed party.
In a statement, he said: “I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence to anyone, the picture was taken 14 years ago en route to a Comedy TV Shows Themed New Year’s Eve Party and a group of us dressed up as characters from the classic TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo.
“Everyone who knows me, knows I am incredibly proud of the efforts of those, including my own grandfather, who fought against the Nazis during the war.”
When is Great British Bake Off on channel four?
The new series of The Great British Bake Off started on August 29 and continues to air every week on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.
The Bake Off was bought by Channel 4 last year amid much controversy, meaning the popular cooking contest moved from the BBC.
The Paul Hollywood will now be joined on the judging panel by Great British Menu judge Prue Leith.
While the show will now be presented by Sandi and funny man Noel Fielding.