Celebrity chef Paul Hollywood prepares to take new baking show on the road and promises evening of comedy and fun. The Great British Bake Off star will travel the country with new stage show Paul Hollywood Live – Get Your Bake On!
Paul Hollywood is in the midst of raising money for Sport Relief with the help of Mary Berry in The Great British Bake Sport Relief Specials.
But the TV king of cakes is already preparing for his next venture.
The star baker is coming to London’s Eventim Apollo with his first live show.
There’s no Mary or his erstwhile Bake Off companions Sue Perkins or Mel Giedroyc – it’s just Paul taking to the stage for what is described as an evening of baking, comedy and fun.
He is quick to reassure that he is not becoming a stand-up comedian and will remain very much in his comfort zone, behind a worktop stacked high with ingredients.
“It’s just funny stories, more observational stuff which I have picked up in Bake Off and through life, rather than standing up there and telling jokes.”
“I’ll be behind a worktop, baking. There is a little bit of pressure but, at the end of the day, it’s something I love doing. I love teaching, I love getting out there and showing people what I can do with baking and that’s all I’m doing really.”
“I never thought of myself as the type of person who could stand in front of people and entertain them. But I guess over the years you get used to what people want when they see you, especially over a demonstration, and you sort of adapt it over time. With the rise of Bake Off I know what the audience want to see now. We get lots of emails so I know what to cover on a demonstration. I’m looking forward to it.”
What people want seems to be, somewhat surprisingly, more advice on all things savoury, something he puts down to the increase in blokes taking up baking.
Get Your Bake On will give further insights into his life and career, including tales of his time as head baker at some of the world’s most exclusive hotels plus amusing anecdotes from his time filming The Great British Bake Off.
The success of the show has taken everyone involved by surprise but, like a good bake, Paul has enjoyed its rise.
He said: “You do get used to it but it’s a bit of a shock. I get starstruck when I see people from the TV, the only difference is now sometimes they know me. I still can’t get used to that, it’s a bit odd.
“Get away from it? Leave telly? That’s your choice. You don’t need to get away from it. It’s not bad. You are recognisable to people and people are very nice to you. All you have to do is be civil.
“I get baking questions, comments about the show, about who won, or things like, ‘Have you got a soggy bottom?’
“All the people I have met have been lovely. They are nice people, a good laugh.”
Paul Hollywood Live – Get Your Bake On! tickets are available now on eventim.co.uk