The Great British Bake Off returns for its 11th season which set records in the UK as the highest rating show in 18 years for the UK broadcaster Channel 4. The much-loved series returns later this month.
The latest hit season sees new host, quick-witted comedian Matt Lucas join esteemed judges, UK’s leading artisan baker Paul Hollywood, restauranteur and food writer Prue Leith, the utterly hilarious comedian Noel Fielding as his co-host and the all-important twelve amateur bakers.
“I have really enjoyed this series and have been really impressed by the diligence, skill and the stamina of the bakers, and their inventions and I have been really inspired by them. I have enjoyed eating their cakes. I don’t have anything to compare it to being in the tent. I will say this, when everyone made their jelly cakes that was the moment, I felt that I was on The Great British Bake Off,” Matt Lucas said.
The Great British Bake Off is the ultimate baking battle where passionate amateur baking fans compete to be crowned the UK’s Best Amateur Baker. This latest season saw production make changes due to COVID, with the twelve bakers entering a bubble for seven weeks in order to make the competition happen. Over the course of 10 episodes, the series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors, young and old, from every background and every corner of Britain, as they attempt to prove their baking prowess. Each week the bakers tackle a different baking skill, which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds.
The Great British Bake Off has enjoyed sweet success over the past ten seasons, but it was the latest season which really outcooked the competition. The series took the UK by storm with a record breaking consolidated 10.8million viewers tuning in for the series launch making it the biggest Channel 4 broadcast since 1985 and the final which drew in 9.2 million viewers and was the highest rated show on Channel 4 in 18 years.
Matt Lucas is an actor, comedian, presenter and writer who is best known for his acclaimed work with David Walliams in the multi award winning television show Little Britain and spoof interview series Rock Profile. Lucas’ film credits include: Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids and Paddington, whilst his television credits include: Shooting Stars, Doctor Who, The Wind in the Willows and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as Little Britain and his spoof show Come Fly with Me which he and David Walliams wrote and starred in.
Lucas joins judge Paul Hollywood who is one of the UK’s leading artisan bakers. Working at some of the most prestigious hotels in the world cemented his reputation as the leading authority on bread and published the best-selling book 100 Great Breads and his other top selling books; How To Bake, Pies and Puds, Paul Hollywood’s British Baking, The Weekend Baker and A Baker’s Life. His own series followed including Pies and Puds; Bread (also accompanied by his book) and two extended series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes and more recently his food travelogue Paul Hollywood Eats Japan.
Judge Prue Leith is one of the UK’s foremost culinary experts, and her distinguished career has seen her as a restaurateur, caterer, food teacher and writer and novelist. Prue is the founder of Leith’s Cookery School and has published twelve cookery books, seven novels and a biography Relish: My Life on a Plate.
Noel Fielding is a comedy writer and performer and along with his comedy partner Julian Barratt had an award-winning series The Mighty Boosh. This was followed by Noel’s solo series, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy and the follow up Luxury Comedy: Tales from The Painted Hawaii. Noel is also an accomplished stand-up comedian performing all over the world and is also the founder of the band Loose Tapestries, formed by the Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno.
The Great British Bake Off premieres on LifeStyle Food, Tuesdays at 8.30pm from March 23