Sunday 25 March 2018

Liam Charles to host Bake Off’s professional spin-off on Channel 4

Bake Off: The Professionals will replace Creme de la Creme.

Liam Charles is the show's new host (Mark Bourdillon/Channel 4)
Liam Charles is the show's new host (Mark Bourdillon/Channel 4)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Great British Bake Off star Liam Charles and comedian Tom Allen will host a professional spin-off show from the baking competition, Bake Off: The Professionals.

The new show will replace Bake Off: Creme de la Creme, the professional version of the hit show when it aired on the BBC.

The Channel 4 series will see 12 professional duos from across the UK go head to head in a series of competitive heats under the watchful eye of pastry chefs and Creme de la Creme judges Cherish Finden, the creative development chef at Godiva Chocolates and Benoit Blin, chef patissier at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons.

In each episode the expert pairs will be challenged to two rounds that will test their professional ability and allow them to showcase their creative flair.

Charles, who came fifth in the most recent series of Bake Off, the first to air on Channel 4, said: “I’m totally amazed by the skill of professional chefs and to be doing this so soon after Bake Off, is just sick. I can’t wait to get cracking. I told you I’d be back.”

Allen added: “I am over the moon to be joining the Bake Off family and to be working with such a great team including my co-host Liam, the judges and some truly incredible professional patissiers (…is that how you spell it? Basically people who make cake for money). Finally!

“It feels like getting that A* in Food Technology GCSE was all worth it in the end!”

It was announced that the professional version of the show would move to Channel 4 in October 2017.

The six-part series will air later this year.

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