After smashing ratings records, Paul Hollywood City Bakes has been picked up for a second season by Food Network. The Scripps owned channel has ordered ten episodes for season two, with the format being extended from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Food Network for what promises to be another great series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes”, Paul Hollywood said in a statement. “When I was asked if I wanted to visit another 10 cities around the world, tasting some of the finest bakes, it was a very easy yes.”
Originally commissioned last November, the travelogue follows Hollywood as he travels the world to explore local cuisine. In season two, he will visit Oslo, Antwerp, Reykjavik, Palermo, Nicosia, Cape Town, Amman, Dublin, Los Angeles and San Francisco exploring the recipes that have shaped the baking heritage of each city, before ultimately creating his own City Bake inspired by his experiences.
“The performance of the first series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes surpassed our expectations and is now the highest-rated UK commission for Scripps Networks ever”, said Kevin Dickie, Senior Vice President of Channels, for Scripps Networks Interactive, UK & EMEA. “The second series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes will take viewers on a journey to even more of the world’s best baking destinations, where Paul will meet the crème de la crème of bakers and continue his culinary education. We are delighted to welcome Paul back to Food Network.”
Paul Hollywood City Bakes was recommissioned, under the expanded format, by Scipps Networks UK & EMEA’s Senior Vice-President of Channels Kevin Dickie and Gareth Williams Vice-President of Commissioning. Reef Television is producing, with Nikki Cooper and Rachel Platt serving as the executive producers. The new season is expected to premiere in Spring 2017 on Food Network in the UK and more than 120 countries and territories across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
“Working with Paul and Scripps Networks on the first series of Paul Hollywood City Bakes was a joy and it’s great to see that the audience’s reaction mirrored our own”, said Richard Farmbrough, CEO of independent production company Reef Television. “The extended episodes of the second series will see Paul going on a journey to discover even more hidden baking treasures in some of the world’s most picturesque cities.”