Prue Leith on The Great British Bake Off: 'I think I'm close... there are two people in the running'

Television cook Prue Leith has said she is “close” to replacing Mary Berry on The Great British Bake Off – but that she has not been told whether she has made the grade.

The former Great British Menu judge, 76, said that she had two auditions and lots of meetings about joining the hit show when it airs on Channel 4.

Prue Leith (Rosie Hallam/School Trust Fund/Press Association Images)

She told the Press Association that it would be a “dream” to land the job opposite Paul Hollywood.

Asked whether congratulations were in order, she said: “Do you know, I don’t know?

“Presumably. I mean I’m certainly one of the runners.

“I can wish. I can dream.”

Mary won an NTA (Ian West/PA)

Speaking at A Very Special Afternoon Tea event, set up to help people suffering from dementia, she said: “I’ve had two auditions with them and lots of meetings.

“So I mean I think I’m close but I know there are two people in the running. One other person.

“Of course I’d love to do it. Who wouldn’t want to do it?”

She added: “I’ve known Mary (Berry) for years and she loved it.”

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