TV bakery judge Paul Hollywood has revealed he will be taking up the same role in the new American version of BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off this year.
The star of the BAFTA award-winning series announced the news on social media website Twitter on Tuesday (5 March), adding he would not leave the British TV series as part of his new role on The Great American Baking Competition, which is due to air in the US on 29 May.
Hollywood tweeted: “NO, I’m not leaving the UK bake-off, but the American version will be fascinating for me, don’t know how they’ll cope with me mind!”
The British judge will be joined by Marcela Valladolid, a celebrity chef, author and host of an American television show on the Food Network called Mexican Made Easy.
Last October, producers of The Great British Bake Off, Love Productions, said that American television network CBS would be making its own version of the hit British show.
International versions of the programme are set to air this year in Australia, France and Ireland, while the format has already been popular in Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Poland.
The finale of the third series of The Great British Bake Off, which was won by John Whaite, attracted around 6.5 million viewers – approximately 10% of the British population and a 25% audience share.