Paul Hol­ly­wood: City Bakes

Sea­son 2 Food Net­work (*175) 20:00 Lifestyle

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Paul Hol­ly­wood is on his bi­cy­cle again in sea­son 2 of his travel food show City Bakes (2016-cur­rent) and the 52-yearold Bri­tish bak­ing star stopped in the Mother City ear­lier this year to film episode 10 (28 July). “When asked if I wanted to visit South Africa, it was a very easy yes!” says Paul. “There are many bakes on my list to try, but I am par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to sam­pling soetkoekies and koek­sis­ters.”

And it’s not just taste that ap­peals to Paul, who took sculp­ture classes af­ter high school but dropped out when his dad con­vinced him to join their fam­ily bak­ery. “Any form of bak­ing is a work of art. There’s a great deal of tech­nique that goes into mak­ing flavours look as good as they taste,” ex­plains Paul. He should know – Paul’s been one of the strict con­fec­tionery and bak­ing judges on re­al­ity show The Great Bri­tish BakeOff (2010-cur­rent).

City Bakes is dif­fer­ent though, as Paul isn’t judg­ing peo­ple on their bak­ing but rather learn­ing more about the dif­fer­ent skills and tal­ents around the world. But there’s still some­thing he finds daunt­ing: meet­ing peo­ple. “I’m shy and can’t get over the fact that peo­ple know me. I’m still in that zone where I don’t con­sider my­self a celebrity,” he says. Tough job, but some­one’s got to do it – and this sea­son’s go­ing to take Paul ev­ery­where from Palermo and Dublin to Los Angeles and Cape Town.

While his sweet-tooth took over in CT when Paul vis­ited Charly’s Bak­ery, some of the treats he is sam­pling this sea­son in­clude sausage rolls in An­twerp (episode 4, 16 June), crois­sants in Reykjavik (episode 6, 30 June) and falafel in Jerusalem (episode 9, 21 July).

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