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One more thing to be grateful for; The Great British Bake Off is going to be back on our screens later this year for season 11. This year’s filming came with a whole host of challenges due to COVID-19 and social distancing rules, however, show producers were determined to make it work, and we couldn’t be more excited!

The Great British Bake Off confirmed on Instagram last week that filming for their latest series has wrapped and that more news will be coming soon. Kieran Smith, Creative Director for Love Productions, the production company behind Bake Off, said in an interview with Broadcast, “So many people rely on Bake Off for work that we knew we had to work out a plan”.

Smith explained that the entire cast and crew had to isolate separately for nine days and take three tests for coronavirus, before they all formed a bubble together, isolating in a hotel rented by production in the South-East. The cast, crew, hotel staff, around 20 children, chaperones and dog walkers, all stayed in lockdown together for over six weeks of filming, in order to avoid having to social distance.

“It was a massive operation, we even [built] 12 practice kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off. It felt like the safest place in Britain,” described Smith.

Throughout the entire “gruelling” process, they only had one coronavirus scare, which turned out to be just that, nothing more than a scare. 


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It has also been revealed that the famous baking show will be getting a new co-host for the upcoming season, following the departure of Sandy Toksvig. Little Britain comedian, Matt Lucas is joining the show as Noel Fielding’s hosting partner. 

After having quite an intense Bake Off introduction, Smith commented, “He was practically living with the bakers. It felt like he had always been there.”


The new series of The Great British Bake Off kicks off next week, and while we're still not over the fact that Mary Berry is no longer part of it, we're pretty excited about this year's series. 

That's because they're bringing in a new addition to the show, one which, we're sure, plenty of people will be living for: vegan week. 


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Explaining the reason for it, judge Paul Hollywood said that they wanted something a little different for the new series, and considering the huge growth in veganism in recent times, vegan week was just a natural fit.

"We wanted something different and something to represent what was happening in this country. Veganism was something that seems to be growing, and we wanted to represent it on the Bake Off this year, and that's why it's in," the baker said at a press event. 

Neither Paul nor fellow judge Prue Leith are vegans, and have said that the vegan bakes were judged just as they would "something conventional". 

"You can't judge it and say, 'It's okay for a vegan'. It has to be good. Period. And that's how we judged it – we were surprised."


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The judges encouraged vegans or anyone thinking of becoming a vegan to watch the show, insisting that it is a week not to be missed. 

"If you're a vegan, or you're thinking about it, and just worried about how it's going to change your life, watch it and see."

The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 on Tuesday, 28th August at 8pm. 


Yesterday fans of The Great British Bake Off were rocked by the news that the show’s hosts Mel and Sue would not be following the programme to Channel 4.

And now Mary Berry’s husband has hinted that the much loved baking icon could be next to jump ship.

According to the Mail Online, Paul Hunnings has suggested that his 81-year-old wife could be ending her time on the BAFTA winning show once the current series ends.

While Mary has yet to speak out about the show’s controversial £75 million move to Channel 4, her retired hubby has said he did not think she was “signing anything” right now.

Paul commented: “She’s very happy with the BBC, put it that way.”

It is still unclear whether or not Mary’s fellow judge Paul Hollywood will move with the show.

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There is really exciting news for fans of The Great British Bake Off as it has been revealed that a great line-up of famous faces are set to take part in a special series for Comic Relief.

Taking part in the charity bake-off will be Abbey Clancy, Alexa Chung, Zoe Sugg, Michael Sheen, Gok Wan, Jonathon Ross and Jennifer Saunders among many others.

Zoe, who was embroiled in controversy following the release of her debut book last year, spoke of her shock at being asked to take part, saying: “Bake Off is one of my favourite programmes so I was genuinely a little shocked and very excited when I was asked to take part.”

Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will of course be judging the celebrities baking efforts while the show will be hosted by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.

What a great line-up – we cannot wait for this!

The series will consist of four episodes and will begin February 11 on BBC One. 



With a love for cooking, and her own baking book to her name, you may be surprised to hear that food wasn’t always The Great British Bake Off star Ruby Tandoh’s friend.

The 22-year-old, who sailed into the finals of last year’s show, has opened up on her difficult relationship with food, admitting that she once suffered from an eating disorder.

Ruby, who proved extremely popular during her stint on the show, makes the revelation in a new interview with Elle magazine, recalling her obsessive calorie counting and extreme dieting.

“I even went into modelling…to give my illness some justifying purpose. I dashed between castings with masochistic zeal, squeezing myself into sample clothes many sizes too small,” Ruby says.

Tracing the beginning of her problems back to when she started university, Ruby says cooking for others around her was her own special way of dealing with her issues.

Thankfully, Ruby has made it through that testing time of her life, and has gone on to enjoy considerable success since first hitting our screens on Bake Off last year. As well as having her own food column in The Guardian, she also released her own baking book, Crumb, last month.

We did have a soft spot for Ruby. Good on her; we wish her all the best with her career.