Paul Hollywood knows how to stir up a fight! The Great British Bake Off judge recently pitted his current co-judge, Prue Leith, against former GBBO judge Mary Berry.
The two bakers appeared together for an interview with Radio Times that was to serve as a promo for the upcoming season of The Great British Bake Off. But, the conversation took a turn when the co-judges got in a disagreement over Victoria sponge cake.
It all started when Paul insisted that the cake be called “Victoria Sandwich,” saying there is “no such thing” as a Victoria sponge.
Prue then challenged the 56-year-old baker about the correct way to make one to guarantee success.
I’ll tell you what the great debate is always about with Victoria sandwiches – do you make it using the creaming method? Do you cream the sugar and the butter together?
You either chuck all the ingredients in together, or you cream it first.
Paul replied that he couldn’t tell a different in the end result, regardless of which method was used. Prue informed Paul that the “all-in-one method” was his former Great British Bake Off co-judge Mary Berry’s technique. She added that the result was “a little heavier… more solid.”
Paul Hollywood took advantage of the opportunity to stir up trouble by laughing and chanting, “Mary hates Prue! Mary hates Prue!”
But, Prue was quick to fire back, saying: “I’ll tell you what, Paul Hollywood. I probably lift up Mary Berry’s cake book a little more than I do yours. I use you for bread and Mary for cakes.”
Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be bringing their professional chemistry and baking know-how to the new season of The Great British Bake Off. The show’s 13th series will premiere in the UK on Channel 4 on Tuesday, September 13. American fans can watch on Netflix starting on Friday, September 16.
Hollywood has judged the show since it kicked off in 2010. He has also taken on judging duties for the American spin-off, The Great American Baking Show. Prue Leith took over taste-testing duties in 2017 after longtime judge Mary Berry exited the show.
Watch Paul Hollywood whip up a Victoria Sandwich in the video below.