Great British Bake Off's Prue Leith reveals why she was "frightened" of working with Paul Hollywood

The Great British Bake Off judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood get on really well these days, but Prue has admitted that she had her doubts about working with Mr Hollywood.

Prue famously replaced Mary Berry when Bake Off moved to Channel 4, facing a lot of pressure in the process. In a press call for the new series of Bake Off, Prue described the relief of the Channel 4 version being a hit after all of the early anxiety.

“I was hugely relieved,” she told Digital Spy and other media. “When they first hired me, I hadn’t quite realised what a national treasure Bake Off was. I only got nervous when I started reading all the stuff about how important it was, and I realised this is quite difficult.

“But I was doing what I liked doing most, which is eating good food. And it’s not difficult, because you’re doing something which… in a way, I’ve judged food all my life, because I had cookery school, and I used to eat my way through 96 students’ food. So, I was never nervous about the actual job. I was a bit frightened of Paul Hollywood.”

In particular, Prue joked that Paul can be quite eerie when he’s not entirely impressed with one of the bakes.

“The way he can be completely silent and just look at the camera, it’s terrifying,” she joked.

On a more legitimately terrifying front, Prue admitted earlier this week that accidentally spoiling last year’s finale result on Twitter was both “scary” and “horrible”.

The Great British Bake Off is returning next Tuesday (August 28) at 8pm on Channel 4.

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