New line-up for ‘Junior Bake Off’ announced

Comedian Harry Hill will host the new 15-part series of ‘Junior Bake Off’, due to air on Channel 4 later this year.

Joining Harry will be two judges: Prue Leith, who is a regular judge on ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and Liam Charles, a contestant from Series 8 of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ who now hosts ‘Bake Off: The Professionals’.

The series, which is made by Love Productions (the creator and producer of ‘The Great British Bake Off’) will be filmed in the Summer. Forty bakers aged from 9 to 15 will be tested on their cake-making, biscuit baking, bread and pastry making skills. In each of 10 heats, the contestants will face two challenges – the Technical Bake and the Showstopper – with only four making it through to the grand finale.

The broadcaster said: ‘No stranger to the show’s iconic white tent himself, Harry appeared in ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer’ in 2018 showcasing his own baking skills, with his bald lucky cupcakes and a 3D biscuit scene representing the best day of his life entitled ‘The day I went on holiday with Camilla Parker Bowles’ – which certainly challenged the judges’ composure.

Harry said: “I’m very excited to be going back in the tent and breathing the cake fumes – I know a certain Duchess will be looking on, brimming with pride!”

Prue, who has spent her career campaigning about the importance of children being taught about food in terms of where it comes from and how to cook it, said: “Almost all cooks and bakers start with brownies or pizza, finding it fun, creative and satisfying. So the more we can do to widen the nation’s interest in good food, the better. I’m really thrilled to be asked to judge ‘Junior Bake Off’.”

Liam said: “From competing to hosting and now judging, it’s insane. It’s going to be great to see what the junior bakers come up with, because this is around the age I started. I’m well chuffed to be sharing the experience with Prue and Harry. Roll on the juniors!”

Sarah Lazenby, Channel 4 head of features and formats, commented: “Harry Hill made himself right at home on last year’s ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer’, baking a bikini-clad Camilla Parker Bowles out of gingerbread. We’re delighted to welcome him back to the tent and can’t wait to see what mischief he cooks up alongside our judges – ‘Bake Off’ legend Liam and the mighty Prue – on the hunt for the next generation of young British bakers.”

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