Saturday 16 December 2017

Is Rachel Allen on the menu for Channel 4's Bake Off?

Rachel Allen had been tipped for the role. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Rachel Allen had been tipped for the role. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Rachel Allen
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Celebrity chef Rachel Allen is keeping mum on speculation that she could be on the menu for the Great British Bake Off, after she was pictured at a screen test for the new Channel 4 show.

The Ballymaloe chef was seen smiling broadly as she entered a venue in south London alongside some of the biggest stars of the UK culinary world.

Rachel (44) certainly looked the part as she met with some of the production team, dressed in a tweed jacket teamed with smart leather boots.

When asked if she has indeed landed a gig on the programme, she told the Herald: "I've no comment to make, thanks."

Rachel Allen
Rachel Allen

The much-loved show is currently undergoing a revamp, having been bought from the BBC in a controversial deal rumoured to be worth €87m last year.

Star baker Paul Hollywood was the only one who chose to move to Channel 4 after Mary Berry vetoed it, alongside original hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

Masterclass with Michael Roux Jr
Masterclass with Michael Roux Jr

Producers are now keen to find the right mixture of personalities for the new show, to ensure it's just as big a success as it was on the BBC, and clearly Rachel is a being considered as a serious contender for one of the roles.

Also pictured at the casting at the house in London's Tooting was MasterChef presenter Michel Roux Jr, alongside Michelin-starred chef Frances Atkins and chef and cookery writer Lady Claire Macdonald.

Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc (BBC/PA)
Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc (BBC/PA)

Best known for her RTE cookery series Bake!, Rachel has also hosted the Good Food Channel's Market Kitchen show in the UK and published a string of best-selling books.

The in-demand cook, who is married to Darina Allen's son Isaac, already designs a range of sandwiches for O'Brien's and is also in the throes of opening up her first restaurant on Cork's Washington Street.

One of the UK's biggest shows, more than 14 million tuned in to last year's GBBO final on BBC One.

Last September saw Channel 4 sign a three-year deal with Love Productions, which makes the hit baking programme.

Herald

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