Many believe that Mary Berry will be an impossible act to follow when the programme moves over to Channel 4 this year
Today, among the other names expected to take place among the judges, one has emerged as the frontrunner - and few could doubt her credentials for the job. Restaurateur and food writer Prue Leith has been tipped to take the role in what the television programme's bosses are said to see as a "like for like" replacement for 81-year-old Berry. Leith has already been seen as a judge on the very similar BBC cookery contest, Great British Menu, where the public see professional chefs up competing against one another. Previously, she stated that she had no intention to put herself forward to replace her friend Berry in the show's new line-up.
"I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about, really. I was more concerned about Brangelina," she said following the break-up of the original Bake Off team.
The source said: “Both are from similar backgrounds, so hopefully viewers will be accepting and give Prue a chance to win them over. “Following in Mary’s footsteps is a big challenge. “But the producers are confident that Prue has all the attributes." Leith is well known for her cookery school, which she founded in 1975, and for running a Michelin-starred restaurant. There is also need to find presenters for the show as Mel and Sue weren't going to go 'with the dough'. A spokesman for Channel 4 said: “We’ll be announcing the line-up in due course.” This story first appeared on the Telegraph