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Has Mary Berry’s replacement on The Great British Bake Off been found?

Only time shall tell

By Rebecca Shepherd, 16 February 2017
Has Mary Berry’s replacement on The Great British Bake Off been found?

This week, the media spotlight was firmly on restaurateur, presenter and cookery writer Prue Leith, after reports that she'll be the latest addition to the new Bake Off team. 

“Who wouldn’t want to do it? I’ve known Mary for years and she loved it"

But is she going to replace Mary Berry as a judge on this year’s Great British Bake Off?

The 76-year-old told The Guardian: “I’m certainly one of the runners. I can wish. I can dream.”

Leith has worked with Channel 4 before as a judge on a competitive cooking show called My Kitchen Rules UK and she was also a judge for 11 years on the BBC’s Great British Menu.

And she's no stranger to fine dining as the star opened her Michelin-starred restaurant, called Leith’s, in 1969 before going on to found the famous cookery school Leiths School of Food and Wine in 1975.

Giving away more information about the stage of the audition process, Leith added: “I’ve had two auditions with them and lots of meetings.

“So I mean, I think I’m close but I know there are two people in the running. One other person. Who wouldn’t want to do it? I’ve known Mary for years and she loved it.”

The future of The Great British Bake Off (as we knew it at least) with Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc at the helm, all changed in September, after Bake Off creators Love Productions announced that they would be moving the show to Channel 4.

Fans’ favourites Mel and Sue were quick to denounce the move and Mary Berry confirmed shortly afterwards that she also would be stepping down as a GBBO judge.

Though Paul Hollywood will be sticking with the Bake Off, his new co-stars are yet to be announced, leaving fans in flux as to what to expect next from their beloved Wednesday night show.

Despite fans’ concerns for the future of GBBO, however, Channel 4 have assured the nation that they’ll be sticking to the winning format and warm-hearted nature of the family-friendly series, rather than trying to ‘spice things up’.

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