There's been a mixed reaction among the famous faces, although many are expressing support for the couple.
Mary Berry has controversially said that she has a career advantage over Delia Smith because she is a mother and has children to give her feedback. The 81-year-old cook thinks her fellow celebrity chef Delia – who is married to the writer Michael Wynn-Jones and previously expressed her regreat at not having children – is missing out by being childless because Mary’s three kids have been her harshest critics, and their criticism has helped her to further her career. “Because I’ve got children I’m very lucky because they say ‘don’t do that again mum,” she started.
Restaurateur and cookery writer Prue Leith is expected to serve as Mary Berry’s replacement on Channel 4’s revamped Great British Bake Off – and she could be in for some serious dough! According to reports, the 77-year-old TV cook is rumoured to be joining Paul Hollywood on the beloved baking series for a staggering £200,000 – nearly three times more than Mary Berry earned in the head judge spot on the BBC. Mary, 81, and Paul, 51, are said to have commanded just £70,000 for their roles on the Beeb’s original GBBO series, before Channel 4 acquired the rights to the show as part of a new three-year deal worth £75 million.
Channel 4’s recipe for Great British Bake Off success is still missing a couple of vital ingredients in the form of replacement hosts for Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who originally fronted the show on BBC One. The broadcaster, who acquired the rights to the show from Love Productions for £75m in September, have reportedly been struggling to secure new presenters after the comedic duo walked away from the series last year.
You don’t usually see the words ‘ruthless’ and ‘Mary Berry’ sitting alongside each other in the same sentence, do you? Lindsay is widely credited with making Mary the handwhisk-wielding megastar she is today. “It shows that even though she’s at 80 Mary is prepared to make tough decisions that she believes will benefit her career.
Paul Hollywood says the Great British Bake Off will remain “exactly the same” when it eventually ends up on Channel 4. Well, we can think of one or two or maybe even THREE things that’ll be a little bit different, Paul. “The Bake Off won’t change in the sense that the format will stay exactly the same, the tent will stay the same, the challenges and really the bakers (will not change),” the 50-year old told Jonathan Ross.
Poor old Paul Hollywood reckons the British public have treated him like a MURDERER since deciding to ditch the BBC for Channel 4.
Other changes are apparent too. I am still getting over the report earlier in the week that Italian panettones were proving more popular than traditional UK Christmas puddings in terms of sales at one exclusive UK retailer. Well I am glad that one Italian export is doing well because given the high likelihood of a ‘no’ vote in this weekend’s constitutional referendum the country is going to need all the help it can get. Let’s not get too pessimistic though: the European Union is not on the cusp of some new panic. Or the general expectation that Greece would leave the European Union once the populist Syriza party with their anti-euro/anti-austerity ticket were elected? The trouble is when a country and its banking system has too much debt and is overly strained – as is the case in both Greece and Italy – you cannot make a decision to cut and run. If an individual burdened with a high credit card and mortgage bill tried to walk away the banking system would view them as toxic for years and years to come. It is the same with a country.
Former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry is set to present a new six-part series on BBC Two next year, revealing cooking tips and short cuts from across her career.
Great British Bake Off champ Candice Brown revealed that her pupils were shocked when she returned to her teaching job because they believed she was a millionaire. Candice triumphed over fellow finalists Andrew Smyth and Jane Beedle to win the closing series of the BBC baking competition before its move to Channel 4, but she’s not letting the sweet smell of success disrupt her day job. Candice also addressed rumours that she got engaged to her boyfriend Liam Macaulay, revealing that they will get married “one day”, and have a family together, but admitted there’s no immediate urgency on the matter.
Those of us who thought Mary Berry’s exit from the Great British Bake Off was a sign the 81-year-old star was going to retire or take a well earned rest, were wrong.
Well now, don’t James Martin and Mary Berry make a nice pair of presenters? The Bake Off judge has teamed up with the former Saturday Kitchen host for a seasonal special called James Martin’s Christmas with Friends - and it’s got us all wondering whether James isn’t the perfect replacement for Paul Hollywood if the Beeb decides to make that Bake Off-style show with Mel, Sue and Mary. It’s not the only good news for Mary Berry fans this Christmas. She’ll be back alongside Paul Hollywood with presenters Mel and Sue for not one but TWO Bake Off specials later in the year.