Five things you didn't know about Paul Hollywood

By WDYTYA Magazine, 7 August 2015 - 3:48pm

Just how well do you know Great British Bake Off judge and WDYTYA? series 12 participant Paul Hollywood? We've got some facts about the star that may surprise you...

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Best known for his baking prowess and as a judge on BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood will be tracing his family history in the first episode of the new series of Who Do You Think You Are?, which kicks off on Thursday 13 August.

But besides his flair for fruitcake and gift for gingerbread, how much do you really know about the star?

Here at Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, we’ve been doing some sifting of our own. These five facts really take the biscuit…

 

1. He's an aspiring racing driver

Besides his love of all things loaf-y, Paul has another hobby up his sleeve. In the summer of this year, he pursued a racing career in an Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Together with Andrew Howard, founder of Beechdean Dairies, he qualified in second place in the Britcar Trophy Championship’s first round at Silverstone The pair went on to take second in class in both races.
 

2. He has a talent for sculpture

Before entering the world of baking, Paul studied sculpture at the Wallasey School of Art in Merseyside. We think that must be where he learnt to mould his marble cake.
 

3. He made his breakthrough in the Mediterranean

Paul made his breakthrough into television when he was living in Cyprus, appearing in a documentary about local food. At the time, he was working as a pastry chef at the glamorous Mirabelle Hotel.
 

4. His bread is VERY expensive

Perhaps Paul’s always had a taste for the luxurious: as an internationally recognised baking boss, he has created some of the most expensive bread in the world. In 2008, Harrods stocked his Roquefort and almond sourdough, which cost £15 per loaf. At the time, it was the most expensive in the country.
 

5. He was a 'late bloomer'

Despite knowing how to make a great white bloomer loaf, Paul has admitted that he was somewhat of a late bloomer romantically, and never went clubbing or had girlfriends until he was in his mid-20s. We’re guessing the dashing dough-master probably made up for this in later life.
 

Words: Rosanna Quigley
 

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