Alison Hammond to be new Great British Bake Off host after wowing fans in celebrity edition

16 March 2023, 22:14

Alison Hammond is the new Bake Off host
Alison Hammond is the new Bake Off host. Picture: Alamy

By Kit Heren

Alison Hammond is set to be unveiled as the new host of Great British Bake Off, according to reports.

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Ms Hammond, 48, will replace departing presenter Matt Lucas when the Channel 4 show resumes filming for the new series in the summer alongside Noel Fielding.

She is due to be unveiled in the next few days, the Mirror reported.

"Alison is a great choice," a source said. "She will bring warmth and humour to the tent in spades. We’re laughing just thinking about it.”

Ms Hammond, 48, made a good impression after appearing on a celebrity version of the Bake Off in 2020 for Stand Up 2 Cancer.

Alison Hammond
Alison Hammond. Picture: Alamy

“I do think that good food and good baking comes from the heart - and I’ve got a lot of heart,” she said at the time.

She told judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith: “I love chocolate brownies. Any time I go out and about, try a brownie, it never compares to my brownies. I know that sounds really big headed.”

She added: "Oh my god, this is just going so well. Things are just running so smooth for me, this is actually boring TV. I’m literally a natural baker - and a natural eater as well.”

She will be the first non-white presenter or judge in the show's 14-year history. Fans have previously called for a female presenter to come on the show.

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Ms Hammond first came to fame on Big Brother in 2002, and is now a roving reporter on This Morning. She hosts every Friday and on regular school holidays with Dermot O’Leary.

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