Bake Off: Paul Hollywood says Prue Leith is ‘precious’ about her tea


Paul Hollywood has mocked his “Bake Off” co-star Prue Leith for her “precious” tea habits.

Paul Hollywood claims Prue Leith got to her head with Bake Off and says she’s “valuable” in the way her tea is made.


The Breadmaster is currently touring to promote his new book Bake – while taking the stage at the Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York.

“Prue cares so much about her tea at Bake Off,” Paul said.


“We take the runners to show them how to make tea.

‘You can’t press the bag against the teacup, as she knows. She’s a lady now, so you can’t do that to her.”

Paul has criticized Prue’s method of making tea.

Prue Leith received her damehood in May 2021 for services to food, broadcasting and charity.

She has been part of The Great British Bake Off since 2017, having replaced Mary Berry when the show switched from the BBC to Channel 4.


The 88-year-old recently spoke out about abandonment culture, saying she’s stopped using the phrase “is it worth the calories?” because it received negative feedback online.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will return as judges on GBBO on Channel 4 (Image: Channel 4)

said Prue Email online: “Well, I had to stop it because everyone is so upset and actually I think it’s all too ridiculous. But I think the world will stop being stupid.”


Paul now has seven books to his name including How to Bake, Bread, Pies and Puds, British Baking, A Baker’s Life, A Weekend Baker and Bake.

Paul Hollywood on stage during Paul Hollywood in conversation with Dorie Greenspan at 92NY on July 20, 2022 in New York City

Paul is best known as a judge on The Great British Bake Off – he’s been part of the show since 2010.


Before his television fame, Paul learned to bake from his father, John.F. Hollywood, who owned a bakery chain called BreadWinner.

Paul became head baker at a number of hotels including The Dorchester, Cliveden Hotel and Chester Grosvenor and Spa.

  • Paul John Hollywood was born on March 1, 1966 in Wallasey, Cheshire
  • He was the son of the head of the BreadWinner empire, John. F Hollywood
  • Paul is known for being harsh on popular baking shoe The Great British Bake Off
  • In addition to hosting the TV show, he has published seven books throughout his career
  • Big loaves won Best Bread and Pastry Book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2005
  • Paul is known for making Britain’s most expensive loaf of bread in 2008 – it’s been dubbed the Rolls-Royce of loaves of bread
  • The baker dived into the world of auto racing in 2015, making his debut in the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4
  • Paul met his wife Alexandra Hollywood in Cyprus while working abroad as a baker
  • He has a reported £11.5million

Paul tells love food: “My father always smelled of bread when he came in, always covered in flour.

“It was up to me for many years. It became part of my DNA.”



Prue Leith, judge for the Great British Bake Off, signs copies of her new cookbook ‘Prue’ on October 5, 2018 at the John Lewis Oxford Street Store

Prue is Paul’s co-host on The Great British Bake Off – she joined the show in 2017 – replacing Mary Berry.


Prue is 82 years old and known for wearing brightly colored clothes in the baking show.

Mary Berry signs copies of her new cookbook ‘Foolproof Cooking’ which accompanies her latest BBC series on 3rd March 2016 in Waterstones, Piccadilly

Mary was a judge on The Great British Bake Off alongside Paul for seven years.


Mary is 87 years old and has written over 70 cookbooks in her life.

Noel Fielding backstage at the Bas Kosters show during London Fashion Week AW14 at the Dutch Center on February 15, 2014

Noel became co-host of The Great British Bake Off in 2017 when the show moved to Channel 4.


He is best known for the comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh and his dark humor.

Paul was married to Alexandra from 1998 to 2019.


He met her in Cyprus when he was working as a baker in luxury hotels.

They broke up after Paul had an affair with Marcela Valladoid.

TV personality Marcela Valladolid attends REVOLT and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s Celebration of Cable

Marcela was a colleague of Paul’s on the television show American Baking Competition.

But their relationship turned romantic in 2013 and they had an affair.


Paul and Summer had a two-year romance after meeting in 2017, but it didn’t last.

Summer is 26 years old, making the age difference between her and Paul 30 years.