Great British Bake Off: Prue Leith 'set to replace Mary Berry'

Last month Berry, 81, was named best TV judge at the National Television Awards for The Great British Bake Off.

She is also the same age that Mary was when The Great British Bake Off launched on the BBC back in 2010.

"I was more concerned about Brangelina", she said following the break-up of the original Bake Off team.

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

Love Productions, which makes the Bake Off format, clearly believe she can quickly develop screen chemistry with fellow judge Paul Hollywood, who stayed with the show after its £75m transfer to Channel 4.

It appears she's well qualified to take over the reigns from Mary Berry, though time will tell if she'll be as loved.

The restaurateur, writer and food campaigner is widely tipped to join Paul Hollywood on the programme.

Leith has worked with Channel 4 as a judge on competitive cooking show My Kitchen Rules UK, which aired late past year.

"Following in Mary's footsteps is a big challenge".

Leith no doubt gives Berry a run for her money in terms of her culinary career: she has been everything from a restauranteur, caterer, television presenter and broadcaster as well as a journalist, cookery writer and novelist. "But the producers are confident that Prue has all the attributes", they added.

The mother-of-two is famed for running a Michelin-starred restaurant and and founded a cookery college Leith's School of Food and Wine in 1975.

Born in South Africa in 1940, Leith tried various courses at Cape Town university, including Drama, Fine Art, Architecture, before moving to France to to study the language.

"And even though I've given up writing cookbooks in order to conserve my writing energies for novels, I still like experimenting and trying stuff and eating things I've never eaten before".

  • Kyle Peterson