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

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

Well, it appears we now have a victor as cookery writer and presenter Prue Leith has reportedly been signed up to step into the legendary judges' shoes when the show revamps on Channel 4 later this year.

Prue Leith is reportedly set to replace Mary Berry as a judge on Channel 4's new incarnation of The Great British Bake Off.

The source added: "Both are from similar backgrounds, so hopefully viewers will be accepting and give Prue a chance to win them over".

A source told The Sun: "In cookery circles, she's practically royalty".

She has appeared regularly on television and was a judge on BBC's The Great British Menu where Mary was also once a guest.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said they will be announcing the revamped show's line-up "in due course".

You might have seen her on TV before.

Because this meant that, as a effect, we would also lose Mary Berry and Mel & Sue from the nation's absolute favourite TV programme.

Her role co-presenting My Kitchen Rules, a competitive cookery series on Channel 4 last Autumn, was effectively an audition for the Bake Off job.

She sold the school in the early 1990s before setting up a college in South Africa and has carved out a career as a cooking columnist and novelist, as well as a television personality.

Kevin O'Sullivan told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Leith "really knows her stuff - if anything her pedigree is better still than Mary's".

And she's not the only new face to grace screens when the popular show, which first aired on BBC Two in 2010 and remained with the broadcaster for six years, shifts channels as bosses are also looking for a replacement for previous hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

In 1975 she founded her own cookery school, Leiths School of Food and Wine, to train professional chefs and amateur cooks.

  • Ernesto Newman