Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

'Cookery royalty' Prue Leith to replace Mary Berry as Bake Off judge

Prue Leith, the cookery expert, has been tipped to replace Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake Off.

Cookery writer and presenter Prue Leith will reportedly step into the legendary judge's shoes when the revamped GBBO launches on Channel 4 this year after several years on the BBC.

A source said: "Both are from similar backgrounds, so hopefully viewers will be accepting and give Prue a chance to win them over".

'Following in Mary's footsteps is a big challenge. But the producers are confident that...

A source said: "In cookery circles, she's practically royalty".

Although Mary may be an impossible act to follow, none may be more qualified to take on her role than Great British Menu judge Prue Leith.

Speculation has been rife since much-loved Mary, 81, quit the baking show after its controversial move from the BBC to Channel 4.

Born in South Africa in 1940, Leith tried various courses at Cape Town university, including Drama, Fine Art, Architecture, before moving to France to to study the language. "Wait and see", she told The Sun.

Because this meant that, as a effect, we would also lose Mary Berry and Mel & Sue from the nation's absolute favourite TV programme.

Last year's BBC series finale, which saw Candice Brown crowned The Great British Bake Off champion, drew 14.8million viewers.

She certainly knows how to play the media - asked past year if she wanted Ms Berry's job, she replied: "I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about, really".

And it seems that bosses may have found the ideal replacement: cookery writer, Prue Leith.

With everything she touches turning to gold, she founded Leiths School of Food and Wine in 1975, which trains professional chefs and amateur cooks - and the group reached a turnover of £15m ($18.7m) in 1993 when she sold all but the restaurant which she later sold in 1995. She was awarded an OBE in 1989, and a CBE in 2010.

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