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Great British Bake Off's Ruby Tandoh, from Southend, denies rumours of TV romance
FANS of the Great British Bake Off will be sad to hear there is no chance of an onscreen romance between Southend’s Ruby Tandoh and presenter Paul Hollywood.
For weeks, those who watch the show have said the 47-year old presenter is full of compliments for Ruby, 21, who is hot favourite to take the bake-off title, and he may be interested in more than just her baking credentials.
Twitter has also been full of speculation about the pair who star on the hit BBC2 show.
However, philosophy student Ruby has canned any chance of a potential bake-off romance.
She said: “No, not for me. Not my thing, you know, for other people maybe that’s what they go for.”
However, she did admit being fond of the presenter, who split with his wife this year after being linked with 35-year-old Marcela Valladolid – his co-star on the American version of the bakery show.
Ruby, who studies at University College London, told a national newspaper: “He’s a genuinely nice guy, he really is, and actually I quite like his style of baking as well, because he’s really into bread and it’s something I enjoy.
“He has to play the bad cop on screen, but off screen he’s lovely.”
In the past Ruby has admitted she had never heard about the show before the last series, which coincided with her starting to experiment with baking.
She said the show seemed like a “good challenge” and when she was picked as a contestant she knuckled down to learn a wider range of techniques.
She added: “I used to take my creations into the common room at uni and leave them there anonymously, listening to people saying they liked them.
“Eventually they realised it was me and I became known as the cooking girl.”
Experts predict Ruby could soon follow in the footsteps of TV chefs Nigella Lawson and Lorraine Pascale.
Several publishers are thought to be considering approaching the talented baker to encourage her to write a cookery book, which could, in turn, lead to a TV show.
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