Everything you need to know about Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has gained a reputation for his steely gaze, his firm handshake of approval and his bread-making expertise.

Paul was one half of a beloved television double act, serving as co-judge with cookery expert Mary Berry.

He later became a baker at hotels around Britain including the Dorchester in London, and also worked at resorts in Cyprus.

Paul gained a reputation as an authority on bread making with his best-selling cookery book 100 Great Breads.

It was The Great British Bake Off which made Hollywood a household name after its 2010 launch, with the show becoming a national favourite.

On the back of the show’s success, he set out to conquer the US with The American Baking Competition – with Marcela Valladolid at his side as co-judge.

However, the show was cancelled after one series and also led to marriage trouble for Paul, after he allegedly embarked on an affair with Marcela.

He and wife Alexandra are now reconciled. They share a teenage son, Josh.

Paul will now be the only member of the original line-up returning to the show, saying: “I just couldn’t turn my back on all that.”

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