The son of a baker, Paul originally trained as a sculptor before his father persuaded him to join the family business.
Paul went onto become head baker at some of the most exclusive hotels in London, including Cliveden, The Chester Grosvenor and The Dorchester, gaining a reputation as an innovator and one of the country’s finest artisan bakers.
Following his apprenticeship, Paul took the opportunity to travel extensively through Cyprus, Egypt and Jordan, visiting remote villages to discover ancient techniques for baking bread, and on one occasion, travelling to a Bedouin encampment and baking in the desert on an upturned cooking pot.
On his return to the England, he launched the Paul Hollywood Artisan Bread Company, and now supplies top supermarkets with his own branded bread.
Paul began his media career on Carlton Food Network and Taste in 2002 where he co-presented two TV series with James Martin.
Paul is currently a judge on The Great British Bake Off and Junior Bake Off, and has judged celebrity versions for Sport Relief and Comic Relief all alongside Mary Berry. In May 2013 he appeared as a judge on the new US version of Bake Off, The American Baking Competition which aired on CBS.