The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C episode 2: James McAvoy, Anne-Marie, David Baddiel and Dame Kelly Holmes make signature decorative tarts and a savoury technical, and render their spirit animals in cake form in the showstopper.
The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C episode 2
Another quartet of celebrity amateur bakers each boasts of their ineptitude, some with more justification than others. But their hearts are in the right place, even if their pastry isn’t. Actor James McAvoy, singer Anne-Marie, Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes and comedian and writer David Baddiel stroll into the tent, insisting they don’t know what they are doing.
But this is typical Celebrity Bake Off behaviour, it’s almost a requirement, anything more would be showing off. “It’s terrifying” says McAvoy as he has a go at the signature challenge, to bake a deep-filled, decorative tart, under the gaze of Paul Hollywood.
Matt Lucas presents as four more famous faces put their baking skills to the test for charity. Hollywood star James McAvoy, singer and Voice coach Anne-Marie, writer and comedian David Baddiel and former athlete Kelly Holmes are this week’s quartet, whose challenges involve decorative tarts, a savoury technical and rendering animals in cake form.
The elder statesman of Bake Off, Paul is the only member of the team who has been with the show since its very beginning, originally judging alongside Mary Berry until the move to Channel 4 in 2017. Paul also hosts the US version of the programme, The American Baking Competition and has served as head baker at a number of hotels in the UK and abroad, after first beginning his career at his father’s bakery when he was still in his teens.
Although it was Bake Off that really made Paul a household name, he had made some other TV appearances beforehand on shows including The Heaven and Earth Show and This Morning, while since making his name as a judge he has appeared on a number of programmes including his own show Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds.
Paul is known for his often harsh comments and for setting frequently challenging tasks in the signature challenge, while his coveted “Hollywood handshakes” reserved for the very best bakes have become a popular feature of the show.