|Born||1966 (age 46–47)
Wallasey, Merseyside, England
Paul Hollywood (born in 1966) is an English baker and celebrity chef. He has worked as a baker since taking up the career at his father's bakery as a teenager and has gone on to become head baker at a number of hotels around Britain. After returning from working in Cyprus, he began appearing in guest spots on a number of British television shows on both BBC and ITV channels. Since 2010 he has appeared as a judge on BBC2's baking show The Great British Bake Off. He runs his own artisanal baking business based in Aylesham, which supplies stores such as Harrods and Waitrose.
Hollywood was born in 1966 in Wallasey, Wirral. He was a pupil at The Mosslands School. He studied sculpture at the Wallasey School of Art and quit the course to start work as a baker, first in his father's bakery on the east coast of England and then in other bakeries on Merseyside. He went on to become head baker at a number of hotels, including the The Dorchester, Chester Grosvenor and Spa and the Cliveden Hotel. He then left the UK for Cyprus, where he worked at two resorts.
He has appeared in guest spots on a number of television shows, including BBC One's The Generation Game, The Heaven and Earth Show and ITV's This Morning and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Since the show launched in 2010, Hollywood has been a judge on the BBC2 baking show The Great British Bake Off. In this capacity he has been described as the "antidote" to judges such as Len Goodman or Simon Cowell in other reality TV programmes, on account of his straightforward and honest manner and because his judging is restricted purely to the finished product. His partnership with Mary Berry has been described in The Guardian as being the "secret weapon" of the show and potentially one of the best judging combinations to have appeared on a reality TV show. He runs his own artisanal bread baking company. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards named his 2005 book 100 Great Breads as the "Top Bread and Pastry Book" for that year. In 2008, he created an almond and roquefort sourdough recipe that was said to be the most expensive bread in Britain, being sold for £15 per half loaf at Harrods. The roquefort is supplied from a specialist in France at £15 per kilo, while the flour for the bread is made by a miller in Wiltshire. Hollywood describes it as a "Rolls-Royce of loaves". Hollywood is a guest speaker at several food festivals, including the Cumbrian Food Festival, and the BBC Good Food Show and the Cake and Bake Show, both in London. In May 2013, Hollywood began appearing as a judge on The American Baking Competition on the CBS network.
Hollywood has also starred in Sadie J, a children's television programme. In 2013, he presented "Paul Hollywood's Bread" on BBC Two, in which he gave advice on recipes for making different types of bread; however, also featured on the series were recipes for some cakes such as the Danish pastry. He also presented in Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds, a cookery television series on BBC One.
Hollywood is married to Alexandra Hollywood and they have a son named Josh, aged 12. In 2013, Paul Hollywood's affair with fellow The American Baking Competition judge Marcela Valladolid was made public; Alexandra has considered filing for divorce.
- 100 Great Breads (2004)
- The Great British Bake Off (2010)
- How to Bake (2012)
- Bread (2013)
- American Baking Competition (2013)
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