Bake Off star to host Channel 4 spinoff

By Nathaniel Dalby - Fri 9th Feb 2018 News

Last year's most popular Bake Off contestant is set to return.

Channel 4 is set to air a GBBO spinoff starring Liam Charles.

Charles, who was the breakout star of last year’s competition despite not winning, will host the new series, dubbed Bake Off: The Professionals.

The 20-year old baker will host the show alongside comedian Tom Allen, with pastry chefs Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin acting as the judges.

Bake Off: The Professionals will feature professional baker duos going head to head in two rounds of challenges per episode.

Liam said that in a Tweet that he was looking forward to getting back into the tent.

"I'm totally amazed by the skill of professional chefs and to be doing this so soon after Bake Off, is just sick. I can't wait to get cracking. I told you I'd be back."

Tom Allen added that he was over the moon to be involved with Bake Off.

"I am over the moon to be joining the Bake Off family and to be working with such a great team including my co-host Liam, the judges and some truly incredible professional patissiers (...is that how you spell it? Basically people who make cake for money).

"Finally! It feels like getting that A* in Food Technology GCSE was all worth it in the end!"

Last year saw Bake Off air on Channel 4 for the first time ever, with a largely different lineup of presenters and judges.

The show has remained a national obsession, despite being watched by a slightly smaller audience than it enjoyed on the BBC. 

Source: Digital Spy