Celebrity chefs bring a tray of sweets wherever they go. Not only do they constantly improve on their skills, but they also showcase their delicacies to the delight of viewers everywhere. Paul Hollywood is a British celebrity chef and television personality, who grew up in a line of bakers. He is best known as a judge on The Great British Bake Off, and also for his motor racing career.
Paul Hollywood’s Bio and Age
Paul Hollywood was born on the 1st of March, 1966 in the town of Wallasey, located in the borough of Wirral, Cheshire, England. Born Paul John Hollywood, he is the son of bakery owner John F. Hollywood and Gillian M. Harman. He attended secondary school at The Mosslands School. For college, he went to the Wallasey School of Art to study Sculpture. However, he dropped out to go work for his father instead.
He started out at the headquarters of Bread Winner— his father’s bakery at York before he moved on to work in other bakeries in the county of Merseyside. His baking skills helped propel him to head baker at a number of hotels in the UK including the Cliveden Hotel, The Dorchester, and Chester Grosvenor and Spa. With his bakery career on track, Paul Hollywood moved to Cyprus. There, he worked at the Anassa Hotel and the Annabelle Hotel, both in Paphos.
Paul Hollywood went from being a top baker at prestigious resorts and hotels to becoming a media personality, having a roster of guest appearances on different television shows that have pushed the baker to widespread fame. He has appeared on the BBC One’s The Heaven and Earth Show and ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Paul Hollywood is one of the judges of The Great British Bake Off and has been a judge since the show’s inception in 2010. He has been commended for his straightforward approach in judging, judging only the finished product and nothing else. Before she left the show in 2016, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood were described as one of the best judging combinations on TV ever.
His 2005 book 100 Great Breads won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Top Bread and Pastry Book 2005. In 2008, Paul Hollywood created the most expensive bread in Britain. Made with almond and Roquefort, the baker describes his pastry as the Rolls-Royce of loaves. He has appeared as a guest on The Graham Norton Show and The One Show. He has also been the host of his own programs; Paul Hollywood’s Bread on BBC Two, Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds on BBC One, and Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip, among others. As of May 2013, he started appearing on CBS’s The American Baking Competition as a judge. Also, starting from December 2012 he has been a judge on The Great American Baking Show, an American incarnation of The Great British Bake Off.
About Paul Hollywood’s Wife, Son and Girlfriend
While he was the head baker at a Cyprus hotel, Paul Hollywood met a scuba diving instructor named Alexandra. They began dating and tied the knot in 1998. By October 2001, the couple welcomed their son, Josh. Things began to get difficult when rumors and reports were circulating that Paul Hollywood was having an affair with The American Baking Competition co-host Marcela Valladolid. He would go on to confirm the extramarital affair, and the couple separated in 2013. However, Paul Hollywood was able to end the affair and get back with his wife Alexandra. Both Paul and his wife would confirm to the public that they were working things out.
In 2017, pictures of Paul Hollywood and former British Bake Off winner Candice Brown made the rounds amidst new rumors of infidelity. Paul and Candice both denied the allegations, but in the end, Paul and his wife announced later that they would be getting a divorce. As of the 20th of November 2017, the divorce was finalized. Reports stated that Paul’s growing fame kept putting a strain to the marriage, and the damage from his first affair never really got fixed.
Since the divorce, there have been talks of Paul Hollywood having a new girlfriend. Pictures have been making rounds online showing Paul enjoying himself with Summer Moneys-Fullam, a 22-year-old barmaid at a local pub in Ickham, Kent where Paul lives.
Paul Hollywood’s Net Worth
Paul Hollywood has had a very successful career as a professional baker and television personality. His decades as a well-respected baker, as well as his companies— HJP Media LLP and Paul Hollywood Limited, have earned him the estimated net worth of £10 million ($12.7 million). His career as a racer and his love for cars means he has some nice rides. He owns a prized Aston Martin DB9, valued at £135k (approximately $172k).
Height and Other Facts
Paul Hollywood stands at a tall height of 5 inches 10 feet. He is a passionate fan of the British football club Liverpool and attends the matches held at their home stadium Anfield. His former co-host Mary Berry is an Everton fan, and the two have been known to trade banter over their clubs on Bake Off.