Meet Prue Leith and the Bake Off team

The Great Bri­tish Bake Off is back. New faces Sandi Toksvig, Noel Field­ing and Prue Leith join old favourite Paul Hol­ly­wood in the tent of dreams

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Come On In! -

If your happy place is in front of the telly eat­ing cake and watch­ing a bak­ing dozen at­tempt to pipe, crimp and caramelise their way to glory, the wait is over. The Great Bri­tish Bake

Off is back but on Chan­nel 4. Woman’s Weekly vis­ited that most mouth-wa­ter­ing Mecca – the white tent – to learn more about the new se­ries.

OUR HOSTS

Sandi Toksvig, 59, and Noel Field­ing, 44

Bake Off has three new faces, but is it still the same?

SANDI: No, it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent pro­gramme. It’s now on ice!

There was a ru­mour it’d been given a mod­ern twist.

SANDI: Ev­ery­thing’s cooked in a mi­crowave, that’s why! No, no­body’s mess­ing with it.

NOEL: I don’t think any of us came into Bake Off think­ing we want to change any­thing.

Mel and Sue are big shoes to fill. Was that ter­ri­fy­ing?

SANDI: No, what’s not to like? Bake Off is the most won­der­ful pro­gramme and we have a won­der­ful time. You just have to be your­self.

NOEL: I’m not Mel and Sandi’s not Sue, so we can’t try to em­u­late what they did. We just have to try to find our own way.

SANDI: We are an un­likely com­bi­na­tion, though.

NOEL: But we got on im­me­di­ately like a house on fire.

SANDI: We fell into a kind of show­biz mar­riage, apart from the sex, which is not go­ing as well as we’d hoped!

1 Nadiya Hus­sain is the Bake Off’s most suc­cess­ful ever fi­nal­ist, launch­ing a ca­reer in TV, pre­sent­ing, jour­nal­ism (as a suc­cess­ful colum­nist for The Times Mag­a­zine) and as an au­thor of a cook­ery book to tie in with her se­ries.

2 A record-break­ing 14 mil­lion peo­ple tuned in to watch the 2016 fi­nal of the show, which crowned Candice Brown as tri­umphant win­ner.

3 Bake Off has fu­elled a leap of over 60% in sales of bak­ing goods since the re­ces­sion, with ma­jor su­per­mar­kets such as Tesco an­tic­i­pat­ing a spike of up to 40% in the sale of in­gre­di­ents an­nu­ally dur­ing ‘Bake Off sea­son’.

4 To­day, the Bri­tish bak­ing in­dus­try is worth £3.4 bil­lion and ‘cake’ has of­fi­cially re­placed the word ‘chicken’ as the most searched-for word on the BBC Good Food web­site.

5 More than three out of five adults have baked at home this year, in com­par­i­son to just a third in 2011, and Bake Off now has spin-offs com­mis­sioned in 11 other coun­tries.

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