Gordon Ramsay turned down The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4

Gordon Ramsay has revealed he turned down the Great British Bake Off on Channel 4.

The famous TV Chef - who previously fronted Hell's Kitchen - has said he was approached to host the new series after Mary Berry quit.


"They did ask me for Bake Off," he said this week, “I’m not very good at sloppy seconds."

Gordon told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: “I don’t want to be the male version of Mary Berry.

“I’m 30 years younger and more wrinkly than her anyway.“

And he took aim at the switch from BBC One to Channel 4: "I think, as with Top Gear, we have an asset that is a crown jewel within a network: 14.5 million viewers, there will never be another cookery show with that number ever again.

“For me Bake Off is like the Queen, it’s something to be respected, listened to and cared for - not sold off.”

Instead of Gordon, restaurateur, food writer and novelist Prue Leith will be joining Paul Hollywood as judge of The Great British Bake Off when it returns to screens later this year.

And the two judges will be joined by new hosts Sandi Toksvig OBE and Noel Fielding.

Paul Hollywood said: “I could not be more delighted by who will be joining me on the show. Prue is a hugely respected culinary legend and Sandi and Noel are warm and utterly hilarious. I cannot wait to get back in the tent with the bakers.”


Prue Leith said: “I am just so thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the biggest show on TV and I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us. It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team."

The Great British Bake Off will air on Channel 4 later this year.

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