Great British Bake Off 2017 judges: Mary Berry's replacement REVEALED?

Geneva Matthews
February 14, 2017

Could this be our beloved Mary Berry's replacement on the Great British Bake Off?

According to The Sun, the 76-year-old foodie will join returning judge Paul Hollywood on the baking behemoth when it returns in the summer. "But the producers are confident that Prue has all the attributes", they added.

After training at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school in London she worked as a caterer before opening her restaurant Leith's in west London in 1969.

Well, Leith has certainly got some experience, having spent a decade as a judge on the BBC's Great British Menu (although the contestants on that show are professionals, so it may be that she needs to change her judging style slightly for this new role).

Last month Berry, 81, was named best TV judge at the National Television Awards for The Great British Bake Off beating David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Len Goodman and Nicole Scherzinger.

"I am sure Prue Leith will be taken to the nation's hearts in the same way that Mary Berry has".

The 76-year-old is an acclaimed food writer and chef and show bosses are said to see her as a "like for like" Mary Berry replacement.

It appears she's well qualified to take over the reigns from Mary Berry, though time will tell if she'll be as loved.

Leaking Leith's name should give the show's 15m viewers confidence that Bake Off will not be a disaster on Channel 4.

I don't even really watch GBBO but I do have a major obsession with cake and we share the same birthday.

As well as running Michelin-starred restaurants and writing about food, she also founded the Leith's School of Food and Wine.

The Great British Bake Off will also have a new presenting line-up after Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins also decided not to "go with the dough". 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".

She was made an OBE in 1989, a CBE in 2010 and is the chancellor of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

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