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How much are the Bake Off judges and contestants paid?

How much dough do they take home? (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4)

Batten(berg) down the hatches, grab some snacks, and get comfy because the Great British Bake Off 2021 continues tonight.

Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas, and Noel Fielding once again returned to welcome the new baker’s dozen to the iconic tent.

Though the 12th series only started a few weeks ago, many fans have already pegged Jürgen as the clear frontrunner.

But how much dough do the budding bakers and hilarious hosts take home?

How much are The Great British Bake Off judges and hosts paid?

It’s one of the nation’s favourite shows, so it’s fair to assume the team get a financial cherry on top of fronting a beloved institution.

There aren’t any confirmed reports on what the judges and the presenters earn, but when show first moved from the BBC to Channel 4, judge Paul Hollywood signed a deal worth £1.2m for three years’ worth of the show.

That works out at around £400,000 per series – a massive pay bump after getting less than £100,000 a year at the BBC.

There haven’t been any confirmed updates on what new contract he might’ve signed since the original deal has expired, but if the first is anything to go by, Hollywood has a payday to rival even the most famous Hollywood actor.

Prue Leith’s salary has not been revealed but reports have suggested she is netting around £200,000 a series.

If this is true, it means Prue is paid nearly three times more than her predecessor Mary Berry.

According to The Sun, Noel is also paid £200,000 per series to appear as a comedy host.

Fellow presenter Matt Lucas’ salary hasn’t been reported on, but it is likely to be the same as Noel.

Paul is reportedly paid a whopping £400,000 per series (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/Channel 4)

What do the Bake Off contestants get paid?

The contestants aren’t given a lot of dough, though.

2017 champion Sophie Faldo has previously explained that contestants have to pay for their own ingredients during the audition process – but are given an ‘allowance’ if they do make it to the tent.

‘You’re essentially given expenses,’ she added. ‘You’re given an allowance for however many shows you do to source the ingredients.’

Even the winner doesn’t receive a hefty cash prize – just the glory of winning one of Britain’s most cherished shows.

It’s the taking part that counts (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/Channel 4)

Of course, the exposure from appearing on the show is a prize in itself – and many past stars, including Nadiya Hussain have gone on to forge lucrative careers afterward.

Breakout stars like Nadiya have the potential to see their net worth soar to well over £1 million.

Nadiya’s exact net worth is not known.

Dominic Mohan, CEO of The Outside Organisation, said to MailOnline: ‘The earning potential is huge as previous winners have shown, from newspaper and magazine deals to endorsements and public appearances and then on to cookbooks and maybe even their own restaurant.

‘In terms of earning power and with the right representation and of course personality, winners could in the first instance be looking at half a million pounds with the potential to reach the million mark as their career develops.’

Do the Bake Off contestants work while they film the show?

Filming is a gruelling 16 hours a day however weekend filming means that contestants can still maintain their day jobs and take part on the show.

The Great British Bake Off continues tonight at 8pm on Channel 4

Credit: Original article published here.

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