Speaker / Host
Paul Hollywood is Britain’s best known baker and is one of the main judges on the Channel 4's 'Great British Bake Off '. An impressive after dinner and corporate speaker Paul is also a talented event host. He caters his speeches to his audiences ranging from food festivals to corporate level events and receives nothing but positive feedback from all.
About Paul Hollywood
Paul Hollywood has now become an essential part of modern entertainment across the kitchens of Britain and exudes, beyond his TV persona, a wealth of knowledge and expertise. There are few who are able to adapt these traits to suit a commercial environment. Furthermore, Paul has immense capability through his success as a speaker and event host.
The son of a baker, Paul Hollywood originally trained as a sculptor before his father persuaded him to join the family business.
He went on to become head baker at some of the most exclusive hotels including Cliveden, Chester Grosvenor and The Dorchester where he gained a reputation as an innovator and one of the country’s finest artisan bakers.
Following his apprenticeship and success at some of the UK’s top hotels, Paul took the opportunity to travel extensively through Cyprus, Egypt and Jordan, visiting remote villages to discover ancient techniques for baking bread and, on one occasion, travelling to a Bedouin encampment and baking in the desert on an upturned cooking pot. On his return to England, he launched the Paul Hollywood Artisan Bread Company.
Paul began his media career on Carlton Food Network and Taste in 2002 Paul has been a judge on The Great British Bake Off since the start, with the most recent series ending on a high of 15.6 million viewers following the show’s move to its new home on Channel 4. He has also judged Junior Bake Off and celebrity versions for Sport Relief and Comic Relief all alongside Mary Berry. The show is now seen in more than 18 countries around the World including the US and Australia.
In May 2013 he appeared as a judge on the new US version of Bake Off, The American Baking Competition which aired on CBS. His series Paul Hollywood’s Bread aired in the UK on BBC2 in March 2013 and in autumn 2013 Paul’s new show, Pies & Puds, launched on BBC Daytime running at teatime for 20 episodes and was repeated on Saturdays and Sundays.
In 2005 he authored a best-selling book ‘100 Great Breads’ which has been published in ten countries and seven languages and was voted ‘top bread and pastry book’ by the Gourmand Academy. His second book How to Bake, published by Bloomsbury, came out in the summer of 2012 and quickly went on to the top of the bestseller lists. The book to accompany his Bread series came out in February 2013 with the Pies and Puds book hitting shelves in October 2013 to coincide with the program of the same name. His latest book Paul Hollywood’s British Baking came out in October 2014.
Paul makes contributions to The Telegraph, The BBC Good Food Magazine, Olive Magazine, Waitrose Magazine Paul advises and trains at the Corporate level, working extensively with the Flour Advisory Board as well as hosting and presenting large demonstrations and award ceremonies.
In 2014 Paul undertook two live tours, Paul Hollywood – Get Your Bake On! This saw him hosting an evening of live baking, comedy and fun at theatres across the country.
"Paul knows how to work his audience – giving all his classic quotes to our wannabe bakers! A fantastic masterclass."