The son of a baker, Paul originally trained as a sculptor before his father persuaded him to join the family business.
He went onto becoming head baker at some of the most exclusive hotels, 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 and success at some of UK’s top hotels, 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 England, he launched the Paul Hollywood Artisan Bread Company, and now supplies Waitrose with his own branded bread.
In 2005, he published a best-selling book, 100 Great Breads, which has been published in ten countries and seven languages, and was voted ‘Top Bread and Pastry Book’ by the Gourmand Academy. His second book, How to Bake, came out in 2012 and quickly went on the top of the bestseller lists.
Paul currently advises and trains at corporate level, as well as hosts and presents large demonstrations and award ceremonies.