Paul Hollywood: Net Worth Of School Dropout Turned Baker
Paul Hollywood and The Great British Bake Off have been a part of English households since 2010. Popular for being a judge on the show, the 53-year-old started off at his father’s bakery when he was just a teenager.
The school dropout turned world-famous baker, celebrity chef and television presenter has a lot of stories up his sleeves, from his net worth to his seven cookbooks!
Paul Hollywood Is A Baker By Default
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Born into a family of bakers in Cheshire, he started baking when he was a young boy. He left his sculpture studies at the Wallasey School of Art and pursued baking.
So, what exactly got him to start baking at such a young age and still love it?
“My dad made these dough balls and covered them up with a cloth in front of a gas fire, which was stuck on a wall. They were rising. In my head, I think they were the best rolls I’ve ever had. If there was a starting point for me, that was it.”
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From his father’s bakery, he went on to other bakeries and soon he was head baker at many reputable hotels, including The Dorchester and Cliveden Hotel.
He then, travelled through Cyprus, Jordan and Egypt visiting small villages learning ancient bread-making techniques.
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His experience, passion, skills, flair and aptitude are apparent as his breads are notably famous in Britain.
Evidently, his almond and Roquefort sourdough is said to be the most expensive bread sold in Britain. The bread was sold at Harrods for £15 a loaf in 2008!
The Great British Bake Off And His Other Ventures
Paul Hollywood started judging The Great British Bake Off (Amanda Holden thinks this is a better show than Britain’s Got Talent!) in 2010 with Mary Berry (David Walliams and Joanna Lumley dressed up as Paul and Mary for a sketch show. See if they look alike!).
He is being paid £400,000 for each series he judges in the baking competition.
His other judging stints include The American Baking Competition.
So, a baker, bake show judge: what else?
An author of seven best-selling cookbooks namely The Weekend Baker, A Baker’s Life, British Baking, Pies and Puds, Bread, How To Bake and 100 Great Breads.
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Paul Hollywood also has his own website where he shares tips, recipes and his life with his readers and fans. He is unquestionably an all-rounder!
And that brings us to the golden question: What IS his net worth?
Paul Hollywood’s Net Worth
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His net worth is £10.5 million!
And that is a whopping nine times more than his Bake Off co-stars: Noel Fielding, Prue Leith, and Sani Toksvig!
Paul Hollywood’s Recipe For Success
When it comes to baking, it only makes sense to listen to the master of breads and pastries…
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“To make a full-blooded puff pastry, you need time, you need patience, and you need precision. It’s all about the lamination: it’s all about building up the layers of butter, dough, butter, dough; as the butter melts, it creates steam, and that brings up the layers of the two doughs apart from each other, and that’s what gives it the rise.”
His Desire For The Future
“One day, I’ll disappear and hide in a corner of Britain. I’ll own a bakery in a village, live above it, have a big garden because I like mowing.
I want to get up when I feel like it, let people queue for my products, and when they’re gone, shut the shop and think about tomorrow. Creating magic – that’s my dream. And I’ll do it.”
Well, that’s a good one…
His Broken Family Life
Paul Hollywood and his wife Alexandra divorced in July this year after they split up in 2017.
They first met in 1996 and married two years later. Alexandra was said to be the driving force that led Paul Hollywood to his stardom.
The couple have a son Josh Hollywood and they used to be a tight, happy family.
However, things turned sour after the divorce and Paul started dating a 24-year-old barmaid named Summer Monteys-Fullam.
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As a result, the father-and-son duo have not spoken in two years as Josh has refused to address any of Paul Hollywood’s texts.