Food Network Orders Paul Hollywood Fronted Series ‘City Bakes’

Paul HollywoodFood Network is getting into business with The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood. The Scripps owned channel has given the green-light to Paul Hollywood’s City Bakes, an ten episode travelogue series that follows Hollywood as he travels the world to explore local cuisine.

Paul Hollywood’s City Bakes will follow the renowned British baker as he the travels to Madrid, Miami, Munich, Warsaw, London, Naples, New York, St Petersburg and Copenhagen to explore the recipes that have shaped the baking heritage of each city. Paul will uncover family recipes, hotel delicacies and local favourites before adding his own ‘Hollywood twist’ to a classic.

“I’m delighted to be working with the talented team at Scripps Networks UK & EMEA to create Paul Hollywood City Bakes”, said Paul Hollywood in a statement. “Food culture can reveal so much about a nation so it’s a privilege to be able to delve into the lives of fellow bakers and discover some really amazing international bakes, and to bring this story to audiences all over the region.”

The ten-part series was commissioned by Scipps Networks UK & EMEA’s Senior Vice-President of Channels Kevin Dickie and Gareth Williams Vice-President of Commissioning; and is being produced by independent production company Reef Television. Dunk Barnes is the series producer, while Nikki Cooper and Chris Kelly will executive produce. Paul Hollywood’s City Bakes will air on Food Network in the UK in 2016, before being rolled out in more than 100 international territories.

“Spending time with Paul Hollywood on his City Bakes mission will be a real treat for audiences around the world as they get to see a different side of this baking megastar from the man we know from Bake Off”, said Richard Farmbrough, CEO Reef Television. “Reef is delighted to be working with both Paul and Scripps on this mouth-watering project”.