Paul Hollywood with guest, chef Eleonora Galasso
After establishing himself as a judge on The Great British Bake Off he is now heading in a new direction, touring Europe in classic cars in Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip.
Paul, 51, pinches himself that the BBC allowed “a fat baker from the North” to get behind the wheel.
It was just the dream job for me – the places, the cars, the people
He said: “It was just the dream job for me – the places, the cars, the people. I had such a laugh and I think that comes across. Anybody would be jealous.
“I never thought a fat baker from the North would get a chance to do something like this.”
Paul is touring Europe in classic cars
The professional baker, who races cars as a hobby, said he wanted to “get going” as soon as the idea for a European road trip was pitched to him.
Paul believes viewers will see there is more to him than his ability to judge “soggy bottoms”.
He races cars as a hobby The Great Christmas Bake Off Wed, December 21, 2016
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The Great Christmas Bake Off – Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and hosts Mel and Sue are back together for one last Christmas special before Paul and the show head to Channel 4.
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Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc are back for the Great Christmas Bake Off
And he insists the programme is different to other car shows, adding: “It’s more about people and the places.”
He is joined by guests including Italian chef Eleonora Galasso.
Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip starts tonight on BBC Two, 9pm.