Jamie Oliver: Why I said no the US version of the Great British Bake Off

Jamie Oliver (opens in new tab) has revealed that he was offered the role of judge on the US version of The Great British Bake Off, which eventually went to Paul Hollywood.

The Naked Chef spoke of how he wished he had been able to travel to America to work on the show, but was unable to accept the role.

"I was asked to be on The American Baking Competition," said Jamie at the press launch for his new Channel 4 show Jamie’s Super Foods. "But due to one reason or another I wasn’t able to. It’s a real shame because I’d have loved to do it."

Paul Hollywood subsequently appeared as judge opposite Marcella Valladolid in 2013, but the show was cancelled due to poor ratings after one series.

But even though he decided against signing up for The American Baking Competition, Jamie says he’s a big fan of the BBC version featuring Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

"I love the Bake Off," he says. "We like to sit down and watch it as a family. I just wish I’d thought of it!"

Jamie might be kicking himself that it wasn’t him who dreamed up the winning formula back in 2010, but he did get to film a spoof version of the show alongside pop star Taylor Swift.

The pair recorded video ‘Bake It Off’ for Stand Up To Cancer last year.

Jamie's Super Food starts on Channel 4 on Monday, September 7



Sean Marland
Feature writer for TV Times, What's On TV, TV & Satellite Week and whattowatch.com

Sean has been writing about all things telly for over 10 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are The Great British Bake-Off, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.