Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Prue Leith 'to replace Mary Berry' on Great British Bake Off

Prue Leith 'to replace Mary Berry' on Great British Bake Off

Prue Leith will reportedly replace Mary Berry as a judge on "The Great British Bake Off".

Now restauranteur and cookery writer, 76-year-old Prue, is set to be her replacement working alongside Paul Hollywood who remained committed to the programme.

The South-Africa born Prue, famed for her eponymous cookery school, which she founded in 1975, is said to share a "similar background" to the popular Berry, which will help viewers overcome resistance to the rebooted show which has lost its original BBC presenting line-up.

"Following in Mary's footsteps is a big challenge, but the producers are confident that Prue has all the attributes".

A source said: "In cookery circles, she's practically royalty".

The businesswoman is also a familiar face on TV, having starred as a judge on BBC show The Great British Menu.

The Great British Bake Off has been without one of its judges since Berry, 81, confirmed she would not be following the show to its new home. She has written12 cookery books, six novels and a memoir, Relish.

If the rumours are true, Prue would join original judge Paul Hollywood, who decided to make the move to Channel 4 after they bought the rights to the popular show.

Last year's BBC series finale, which saw Candice Brown crowned The Great British Bake Off champion, drew 14.8million viewers.

The mother of two is also a successful novelist and newspaper columnist.

"Mary Berry and those other older women who have been allowed on screen have proven that". In October 2016 Prue married retired designer John Playfair and admitted in a Daily Mail column she "never dreamed I'd fall in love again".

Prue was awarded an OBE in 1989, and a CBE in 2010.

But Mary and hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, opted to leave as makers Love Productions chose to take the show to Channel 4.

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