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Paul Hollywood

About Paul Hollywood

The son of a baker, Paul originally trained as a sculptor before his father persuaded him to join the family business.

He went onto become head baker at some of the most exclusive hotels, including Cliveden, The Chester Grosvenor and The Dorchester, gaining a reputation as an innovator and one of the country’s finest artisan bakers.

Following his apprenticeship and success at some of the UK’s top hotels, Paul took the opportunity to travel extensively through Cyprus, Egypt and Jordan, visiting remote villages to discover ancient techniques for baking bread, and, on one occasion, travelling to a Bedouin encampment and baking in the desert on an upturned cooking pot.

On his return to the England, he launched the Paul Hollywood Artisan Bread Company, and now supplies Waitrose, and others, with his own branded bread.

Paul began his media career on Carlton Food Network and Taste in 2002 where he co-presented two TV series with James Martin.

Paul has been a judge on The Great British Bake Off (for three series) and Junior Bake Off, and has judged celebrity versions for Sport Relief and Comic Relief all alongside Mary Berry.  In May 2013 he appeared as a judge on the new US version of Bake Off, The American Baking Competition as well as Paul Hollywood’s Bread which was broadcast in the UK in March 2013. Paul Hollywood City Bakes premiered on Food Network South Africa in September 2016 and the second season has been announced to premier in May 2017.

In 2005, he published a best-selling book ‘100 Great Breads’ which has been published in ten countries and seven languages, and was voted ‘Top Bread and Pastry book’ by the Gourmand Academy. His second book ‘How to Bake’, published by Bloomsbury, came out in summer 2012 and quickly went on to the top of the bestseller lists. The book to accompany his Bread series came out in February 2013, with his Pies and Puds book hitting shelves in October 2013 to coincide with the programme of the same name. Paul Hollywood’s British Baking came out in October 2014 and The Weekend Baker was published in 2016. 

Paul makes regular contributions to The BBC Good Food Magazine, Olive Magazine, Waitrose Magazine and has written for both The Observer and The Daily Mail. 

Paul advises and trains at corporate level, working extensively with the Flour Advisory Board, as well as hosting and presenting large demonstrations and award ceremonies.


Shows featuring Paul Hollywood



Britain’s favourite baker Paul Hollywood is venturing off across the globe on a journey of discovery as he samples the finest recipes that have shaped the culture and heritage of some of the world’s biggest and most exciting cities, and his next stop? South Africa!

The Mother City will feature in the second series of award-winning Paul Hollywood City Bakes to be filmed in Cape Town in February 2017, with the show set to premiere on Food Network, DStv Channel 175 in May 2017.

In the second series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes the renowned British baker explores the baking heritage of cities around the world, uncovering family recipes, hotel delicacies and local favourites, before creating his own city bake inspired by the place. As well as Cape Town, Paul will also visit Bergen, Antwerp, Reykjavik, Palermo, Nicosia, Dublin, Los Angeles and San Francisco

The first series premiered on Food Network in September 2016, and to accommodate the audience demand for all things Paul Hollywood, the new series has been extended from 30 to 60 minutes.

“South Africa has stunning landscapes, lovely local produce, and a dynamic baking scene. It was an obvious choice to take Paul to Cape Town for series 2,” said Kevin Dickie, Senior Vice President, Channels Group, Scripps Networks Interactive, UK & EMEA. “We are delighted to welcome Paul back to Food Network and even more so to take him to South Africa.”

 “I’m looking forward to returning to Food Network for what promises to be another great series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes,” said Paul Hollywood. “When asked if I wanted to visit South Africa it was a very easy yes! There are many bakes on my list to try, but I am particularly looking forward to sampling mosbolletjies, soetkoekies and traditional koeksisters.” 

Recipes from Paul Hollywood

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