CELEBRITY baker Paul Hollywood will show his support for local unsung heroes when he appears at the Wirral Golden Globes tonight.
The Wallasey-born star, who rose to fame as the stern judge on hit show The Great British Bake Off, has been confirmed as a guest at the ceremony to present the award for Contribution to Community.
The event, at the Floral Pavilion, promises to be a night to remember with the borough’s best being celebrated.
Other categories include Foster Carer of the Year, Neighbour of the Year, Parent of the Year, Local Sportsperson of the Year, Young Hero of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Adult Learner of the Year.
And Paul, who has also enjoyed guest spots on This Morning and The Alan Titchmarsh Show, has moved around his busy diary to come home to Wirral for the ceremony.
He said: “I would always try to prioritise support for things that involve my home which is why in a really busy schedule, I am coming home to support the Wirral Golden Globes.”
The son of a baker with a chain of shops on the East coast of England, Paul originally trained as a sculptor. He first turned his hand to the art of bread-making at the age of 17, when he served an apprenticeship within his father’s business, after which Paul decided to go his own way and joined the kitchens of The Chester Grosvenor Hotel as Head Baker.
He has now built a reputation as one of the best known Artisan bakers in the UK – having worked during his career as head baker in some of the most exclusive hotels, Cliveden, The Dorchester and also abroad for six years at the Annabelle and Anassa Resorts in Cyprus.
He has also written a best-selling book, ‘100 Great Breads,’ which has been voted ‘Top Bread and Pastry Book’ by the Gourmand Academy.
A regular host on UKTV’s ‘Great Food Live’, he is a recognized force in the baking industry, acting as a Sector Champion for the Government-backed staff training scheme ‘Improve’ and he also acts annually as a judge for The Baking Awards, hosted by the British Baker magazine and sponsored by Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda.