Bake-Off turns professional in new series

Nadiya Hussain, this year's Great British Bake Off winner
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Professional pastry chefs are going to get their own show in a spin-off from The Great British Bake Off.

Bake Off: Crème de la Crème will show them competing to prepare the best desserts, and will be presented by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge.

Fifteen teams of professional chefs will compete in the eight-part series, which will be shown on BBC Two next year.

The chefs will work in teams of three and will come from famous hotels, top restaurants and patisseries, as well as the development kitchen of a leading supermarket, the armed forces and private clubs.

Their efforts will be judged by a trio of leading pastry chefs: Benoit Blin from Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons; Cherish Finden from The Langham Hotel in London; and Claire Clark, who has twice been named Britain’s best pastry chef.

The new show is being made by the same team who produce The Great British Bake Off, Love Productions.

However, pastry chefs hoping to compete will have to hope the series is recommissioned. A spokeswoman for Love Productions said the entire series had already been filmed.

She said a precise date had not been set for the broadcast of the series, but it was likely to be in the first quarter of 2016.

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