Prue Leith to take Berry's role on Bake Off

  • Prue Leith to take Berry's role on Bake Off

Prue Leith to take Berry's role on Bake Off

Speculation has been rife about who will replace Mary Berry on The Great British Bake Off and now it looks like the cat's out of the bag...

The Sun is now reporting that cookery legend Prue Leith will replace Mary Berry as a judge.

'Both are from similar backgrounds, so hopefully viewers will be accepting and give Prue a chance to win them over.

You might have seen her on TV before.

She has also sat on the boards of major corporations.

"I am sure Prue Leith will be taken to the nation's hearts in the same way that Mary Berry has".

The 76-year-old restaurateur and writer is no stranger to judging on cookery shows, as she already appears on the BBC's "The Great British Menu".

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said they would be announcing the revamped show's line-up "in due course". She later sold the business, retaining only the restaurant.

"I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about, really. I was more concerned about Brangelina".

And she's not the only new face to grace screens when the popular show, which first aired on BBC Two in 2010 and remained with the broadcaster for six years, shifts channels as bosses are also looking for a replacement for previous hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

If the rumours are true, Prue would join original judge Paul Hollywood, who chose to make the move to Channel 4 after they bought the rights to the popular show.

After training at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school in London she worked as a caterer before opening her restaurant Leith's in west London in 1969.

In 1974 she founded Leiths School of Food and Wine, which she would eventually sell nearly 20 years later, after it had reportedly reached a turnover of £15m.

Famous alumni of the school include Lorraine Pascale, Gizzi Erskine and Matt Tebbutt, as well as Michelin-star chefs including Joe Mercer Nairne and Matt Christmas.