Channel 4 poached Bake Off from the BBC in a £75million deal that saw presenters Mel Giedroyc, 48 and Sue Perkins, 47, depart along with fan-favourite Berry, 81.
Paul Hollywood stayed with the show, allegedly doubling his pay. Frances Atkins, who bears a resemblance to popular ex-judge, is auditioning to join Hollywood on the show later this year.
However Atkins has revealed she struggled to be critical when appearing on the BBC’s Great British Menu, in 2014.
Frances Atkins, one of six women in the UK with a Michelin star, was pictured at a secret test shoot
She recalls: “I was out of my comfort zone. They kept interrupting me every five minutes and wanting me to criticise the other chefs. It just wasn’t me.”
They kept interrupting me every five minutes and wanting me to criticise the other chefs. It just wasn’t me
Atkins, 66, one of only six women in the UK with a Michelin star, was pictured at a secret test shoot in south London last week.
Also snapped were Hollywood, chefs Michael Roux Jr, 56, Rachel Allen, 44, and cookery writer Lady Claire Macdonald, 68.
Atkins owns The Yorke Arms, in Ramsgill, North Yorkshire, and her dishes were featured on Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan’s TV comedy odyssey The Trip.
Frances Atkins is auditioning to join Hollywood on the show later this year
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‘I will certainly have a look and also I want to see Paul Hollywood again’, say Mary Berry
She took a 10-year break after marrying, age 23, as her first husband didn’t want her to work.
She rebooted her career when they divorced.
Mary Berry has said she will continue to watch the show: “I will certainly have a look and also I want to see Paul Hollywood again.”
Would she rule out working with her co-judge again? “You never know.”