The main series is presented by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc and also features professional baker Paul Hollywood and the well-known cookery writer Mary Berry who both judge and comment on the competitor’s dishes. Both Mary and Paul have proved very popular with the public with Paul winning many female fans with his mean and moody approach and his silver fox good looks whilst Mary has surprised viewers with her fashionable choices of outfit. In fact a £30 floral bomber jacket that 77-year old Mary wore early on in the latest series proved to be such a hit that Zara sold out in hours and copies of the jacket were soon selling on eBay for up to £200.
In the new Celebrity Great British Bake Off, which is to be called the Great Comic Relief Bake Off, all the action will take place over just 4 programmes starting this Monday (21 January). Each programme will feature 4 different celebrities who will each have to produce a signature bake, a technical bake and a showstopper bake. The winner of each show will then be given the title of Comic Relief Star Baker.
Several of the celebrities have already admitted to be being slightly obsessed by baking with Film 2013 and Strictly Come Dancing presenter the very cute Claudia Winkleman saying “I am actually obsessed with baking. I often cover the kitchen in flour and I have three whisks. I have only ever made two things – a Victoria sponge and chocolate cookies.
“It turns out the Bake Off is about other things too. I had the most brilliant time and have baked more since taking part. But I refuse to try pastry, I can’t even discuss it.”
Amongst the other celebrities taking part in the show are comics Jo Brand, Bob Mortimer, Ed Byrne and Stephen K Amos, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, Olympian Helen Glover, diminutive actor Warwick Davis as well as presenters Julia Bradbury, Martha Kearney and Kirsty Wark.
We can look forward to seeing the celebrities cooking up their own versions of chocolate cake, shortbread, Bakewell tart, scones and lemon meringue pie.
As the series is linked in with fundraising for the Comic Relief charity there is also an accompanying Great Comic Relief Bake Off book which can be purchased from Sainsburys and an Emma Bridgewater designed kitchen apron that will be available from TK Maxx and Homesense stores.