The Great British Bake Off triumphs at the National TV Awards

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) took the Best Challenge Show award at the 2016 National Television Awards (NTAs).

Last night (20 January), GBBO beat off competition from Bear Grylls, MasterChef and The Apprentice to take home the Best Challenge Show award at the NTAs.

GBBO also triumphed at last year’s NTAs, taking home the Skills Challenge Show award – beating MasterChef, Come Dine With Me and The Apprentice.

Accepting the award, GBBO judge Paul Hollywood said: “A huge thank you ... in fact we all started crying again down on the row.”

Fellow judge Mary Berry interjected adding that it felt “strange” not to have the show’s co-hosts, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, there with them.

2015 winner Nadiya Hussain went up on stage with the pair to collect the award. She baked a four-tier 21st birthday cake for the NTAs this year, which was unveiled at the after-show party. The cake required 34 eggs, 2kg of sugar, 3kg of butter, 2.5kg of flour, 2kg of icing sugar and 4kg of fondant icing.

Hussain is currently writing a children’s book of stories and recipes, which will be in the shops in September.

Mary Berry in the papers

Mary Berry was in the newspapers this week defending her decision not to appear on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show, despite being approached. She said: “My husband and children would kill me. I have two left feet and would make a terrible fool of myself.”

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