Prue Leith says The Great British Bake Off is the “easiest job” she’s ever done
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The 79-year-old chef judges alongside Paul Hollywood on the Channel 4 baking competition, and has admitted she finds the role “easy” and fun to do, because all she has to do is “walk on, eat cake, say what [she] thinks, walk off, and get paid”.
‘I don’t say this too loudly so they want to drop my salary, but the fact is, it is the easiest job I’ve ever done.
‘I don’t have to write a script, I don’t have to learn any lines, I don’t have to rehearse anything, I don’t have to make up jokes like [presenters] Sandi [Toksvig] and Noel [Fielding] do.
‘All I have to do is walk on, eat cake, say what I think, walk off and get paid. What is wrong with that?’.
And Prue also admitted that thanks to her wage from the show, she can now afford to pay someone to cook all the recipes from her books, so that she can focus on writing the tomes.
During an appearance on the ‘Come for Supper’ podcast, Prue was asked if she gets help with her books, and she said:
‘I do now because I can afford it, thanks to ‘Bake Off’. I now have somebody who tests recipes for me.
‘It’s really great because in writing recipe books you have to test things over and over again and it takes ages’.
Whilst Prue might find her ‘Bake Off’ job easy, fellow judge Paul recently claimed picking a winner for this year’s series was the “hardest judging [he’s] ever done”.
The final was eventually won by David Atherton, but Paul had a hard time choosing between David and fellow finalists Steph Blackwell and Alice Fevronia, because he believed they were “on par with the best bakers ever”.
‘Some of them are on par with the best bakers ever.
‘Certainly from my point of view this year was the hardest judging I’ve ever done.
‘It all relied a lot on the showstopper and not necessarily on challenge one and two’.