Happy New Year

Paul on skis

Hi guys,

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a fabulous and indulgent Christmas. I had a wonderful time in the mountains, but am now back at home preparing for a packed 2014.

This year I am launching my Cookery School. Whether you are an amateur baker wanting to learn the basics, or a passionate baker wanting to develop your skills, you can join me for a day of baking fun and instruction. During a day of bread making I will show you what makes a good bake, whilst demonstrating key techniques. Each course will cover three different bakes that you will be able to take away and share with your family and friends. The first course is taking place at the end of January and I can’t wait. Further courses and dates will be announced soon, so keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter pages. All courses will take place near Canterbury in Kent.

Next week Sport Relief Bake Off 2014 will be on the telly. We had the best fun making this show, struggling to judge because of all the laughing. The line-up this year is brilliant and includes two Olympians, a Bond girl, a pop star and a witch! For more info on who’s taking part check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25559308. As well as my buddy Sue Perkins, this year we have three guest presenters helping out, previous Sport Relief Bake Off contestants Ed Byrne and Jo Brand, and comedian Omid Djalili. As you can imagine Mary and I had a complete blast judging.

The most exciting thing about 2014 for me is my first ever live tour. I can’t wait to get cooking with you all and share some of my stories. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, then visit the Tour page to see where I will be appearing.

Happy Baking Paul x