By Mike Bedigan, PA
Paul Hollywood has admitted he “broke down a little bit” after his dad recently said that he was proud of him.
The celebrity baker, famous for his coveted handshakes, said his own father had found praise difficult.
Speaking about his early career on The Jonathan Ross Show he said: “He was a good baker my dad. He’s still around.
“I think it’s quite difficult to work with family.
“You want to find your own way sometimes. I just wanted to expand.
“I think he was harder on me because I was his son. He gave me more s*** than he did anyone else.
He continued: “I remember the head baker was off once and I had to do everything on my own, I was really scared. I filled the shop.
“I was really proud of that.
“Dad took a glance, just before he left he said, ‘Bottom tray you burnt a couple down there’.
“I was gutted, absolutely gutted.”
“Maybe (it was to get the best out of me).
“He put me with the best guys he had in his business so I could learn from these older guys.
“I learned pretty quickly.
“He did a good job, I learnt quickly.
“But praise was something he found difficult to do I think.”
“Recently he said something to me which choked me up.
“He gave me a hug and said, ‘I’m proud of what you’ve done’.
“To hear that from him, I broke down a little bit.”
Hollywood, who judges the show with Prue Leith, said the latest series of Bake Off had seen the best standard yet, but that filming had felt like a “baking cult.”
He added that the show was now “very much part of my life” and that he would like to present it well into old age, joking “They’re going to have to wheel me in… blitz everything for me as well [to drink rather than eat].
“I love that show.”
The Jonathan Ross show airs on Saturday night at 9.30pm on ITV and ITV Hub.