Q&A with Paul Hollywood
By Stephanie Tye
Why did you decide to do a one man tour?
I really wanted to do something different. People have
one image of me from The Great British Bake Off, as the stern judge who gives
out criticism and Ive got another image on shows like Pies & Puds which show the real
me, which is basically a bit of a joker!
So by going on a one man tour the public will get to see
the cheekier side of my persona and learn a bit about my life.
What will the audience see on the tour?
Basically I am taking baking on the road and the premise
is the story of my life in baking; how my Dad persuaded me to ditch my path of
being a trained sculptor and join the family business.
Tales from my time as a head baker at some of the
worlds most exclusive hotels and of course anecdotes from my time filming The
Great British Bake Off.
Ill also be answering all those baking questions people ask me on twitter or in the street.
Are you not nervous to be doing a one man show?
Yes! The idea of a live show is a bit daunting,
especially as Ill be going to some venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo which
to me feels like being a rock n' roll star! But I have done a lot of
demonstrations over the years sometimes to an audience of thousands at shows
like BBC Good Food etc so I have some confidence when it comes to talking to a
Will there be any surprises on the tour?
Yes, well be inviting a selected number of people up from the audience who will get a little masterclass from me and be able to test out their own skills. It should be really good fun, I always see teaching as part of my job.
We hear that during Bake Off you sometimes get fits of giggles during filming, are you worried about doing that on the tour?
Mary, Mel Sue and I are always laughing and messing about on set, Im not sure what sets it off half the time, it can sometimes be something as small as the way Mel or Sue look at me! And I have been known to succumb to an attack of the giggles during demonstrations, there was one demonstration I did when I just lost it on stage and ended up with a huge attack of the giggles which just wouldnt stop!
Is there a new series of The Great British Bake Off this year?
Yes, Ill actually start filming for the new series
during the tour so its going to be a full on couple of months. The show has
been given a new home on BBC One this year which will be a great new platform
I just cant believe how successful it has been, I
thought it would just last two series but each year it just gets bigger and
bigger, more people watched last years final than X Factor which is just
amazing. Although we are moving channels the show will stay the same, after all
if its not broken why change it?
How is it working with Mary Berry?
What you see with Mary is what you get, she really is
such a lovely woman, an absolute breath of fresh air and weve become really
When we are working all the time I have to admit I can
get a bit tired but Mary is like a Duracell bunny, she just keeps going and
never stops! Whenever I pass her house Ill always pop in for a cup of tea and
shell always have a slice of cake available!
What else have you got coming up Paul?
I am working on a new book and a new series to follow
Pies & Puds, it can be hard
fitting it all in as there is always something going on, but I like it that way
especially when its all so much fun to work on.
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