6 fun things you didn't know about Paul Hollywood

Ahead of the reveal of Paul Hollywood's four-part baking biopic, A Baker's Life, we count down a few fun facts about the blue-eyed Great British Bake Off judge. 

Best known as Mary Berry's judge counterpart in The Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood has a long history of bread and baking. He learned the basics of baking from his father and honed his artisanal skills in the kitchens of some of London's most prestigious hotels - such as The Dorchester, Cliveden, and The Chester Grosvenor. 

However, Paul's career really kicked off in the warmer climate of the Mediterranean, as the head baker of a five-star a resort in Cyprus. But what does he do when he's not baking, and what's his favourite food? Here, we've compiled a few fun need-to-know facts about Britain's favourite bread man. 

1. His first TV appearance was in Cyprus. 

While working as the head baker at the five-star Anassa Hotel in Paphos between 1994 and 1999, Paul appeared on a British television show to demonstrate how to make true Cypriot bread. He loved the experience and began to pursue other TV opportunities. 

2. As well as great bread, his really loves fast cars. 

Paul's passion for racing is pretty evident from his Instagram feed, which is packed with more pictures of cars than baking. 

In 2015, he made his real racing debut in the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4. He also competed at Le Mans in the same year, in the Aston Martin festival. Last year, he raced in his first 24-hour tournament at the Circuit of the Americas, in an Aston Martin GT8. 


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3. Baking and bread are in his blood. 

Paul is the third generation of bakers in his family. His grandfather was the head baker at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool, while his father founded a chain of bakeries known as Bread Winner, which populated villages from Aberdeen to Lincolnshire. 

Paul remembers baking his first bread with his dad at the age of about eight.

4. Once upon a time, he studied sculpture. 

Kneading dough and sculpting clay essentially require the same skillset, right? Before Paul Hollywood entered the world of baking, he studied sculpture at his local art college - the Wallasey School of Art in Merseyside. Eventually, his father persuaded him to join the family business. 

5. Shockingly, his favourite food isn't bread. 

According to Woman & Home magazine, Paul's favourite food is souvlaki, which isn't too surprising considering the time he spent living and baking in Cypress. 

6. In 2008, his bread was the most expensive in Britain. 

Paul's almond and Roquefort sourdough recipe cost £15, making it the most expensive bread in the UK. The luxurious bread was sold in Harrods and was made using flour from a specialist miller in France. Paul called it the 'Rolls Royce of loaves'.

Watch Paul Hollywood: A Baker's Life on Lifestyle FOOD from 1 May. 

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