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Paul Hollywood is one of the UK’s leading artisan bakers.
The son of a baker, Paul originally trained as a sculptor until his father persuaded him to change careers. By combining his love of sculpting and baking, Paul established himself as an innovator.
Paul is a master baker and has worked in some of the most exclusive hotels in the world, including the Dorchester in London.
He cemented his reputation as the leading authority on bread making by publishing the bestselling book 100 Great Breads, which has been translated into seven languages.
In 2008 he created the most expensive bread in Britain – an almond and Roquefort sourdough that was sold for £15 a loaf at Harrods. Paul describes it as the "Rolls Royce of loaves"!
In his first solo series, Bread, Paul revealed the secrets to making breads from all over the world, showing how a simple loaf can be transformed into delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Paul has also appeared as a judge on The American Baking Competition on the CBS network.
Gordon was born in Johnstone in Renfrewshire, Scotland but grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. As a boy, he showed promise as a footballer and after playing in under-14 games at the age of just 12, he was chosen to play for the county of Warwickshire.
As a teenager, Gordon also had a trial for Rangers, the club he supported as a child. But unfortunately, his nascent football career was thwarted by a series of injuries and he turned his attention to hotel management after enrolling at a catering college in Oxfordshire.
After moving to London, Gordon worked for a number of high-profile chefs in famed establishments, including Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s and Albert Roux at Le Gavroche in Mayfair. After handling haute cuisine in England, Gordon headed to France to continue his training. After building up his cooking nous over a number of years spent living on the continent, he then headed for Bermuda where he worked as a personal chef on a private yacht.
A keen amateur endurance athlete, Gordon raced his first marathon in 2001. Since then, he has competed not only in more marathons, but also in a series of ultra-marathons, half-Ironmans (triathlons which end in a half-marathon) and in the world’s toughest Ironman competition, which takes place annually in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
He may be renowned for being competitive, but Gordon doesn’t win them all. Whilst filming an episode of his TV series the F-Word at Doncaster's Marshgate Prison, he challenged an inmate to a vegetable-chopping competition – and he lost!
Gordon was appointed an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 honours list for services to the hospitality industry. He’s also a keen supporter of and fundraiser for a variety of charities, and he and his wife Tana set up the Gordon Ramsay Foundation in 2014 to raise money for worthy causes.
The eldest of four children, Kirstie was raised mainly Wiltshire, England, but attended a number of different schools around the country including Bedales in Hampshire, alma mater of pop singer Lily Allen and model Sophie Dahl.
After leaving school, Kirstie headed to India to teach English, before returning home to work for the famed interior designer, Nicky Haslam, and for Country Living Magazine selling classified advertising space.
In 1996, she set up a property search company with a friend, and after a few years, was contacted by a TV production company inviting her to screen test for a new property show. There she met and immediately bonded with a certain Phil Spencer, and the rest is Location, Location, Location history.
Kirstie is the daughter of a baron (Charles Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip) and due to his peerage, she is allowed to use the title The Honourable Kirsty Allsopp. She herself has two children, Bay and Oscar, with her partner Ben, who is also a property developer.
Kirstie isn’t the only celebrity in her family – her cousin is the famous fashion and home furnishings designer Cath Kidston. Her sister Sofie has also appeared as a property expert on the small screen – she’s an estate agent and once stood in for Kirstie on a Location, Location, Location television special when Kirstie was on maternity leave.
In 2013, an online survey of knitters for National Knitting Week voted Kirstie, a keen proponent of making handicrafts, Britain’s favourite celebrity knitter.
With 60 years cooking experience, Mary Berry is considered to be the doyenne of baking.
Mary learned the art of baking from her mother before training at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris at the age of just 17.
She quickly established herself as a leading cookery writer and broadcaster, and has published over 70 cookbooks throughout her career.
Her contribution to the culinary arts was recognised by the Queen in 2012 when she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.
Mary’s personal favourite cake to make is a ginger treacle tray bake. However, most people tell her that they enjoy baking her lemon drizzle cake and her tarte au citron.
In addition to her baking expertise, Mary has also garnered a reputation for providing practical recipes containing lots of fresh ingredients for the family.