Paul Hollywood’s time working at the Dorchester Hotel as a baker was before the would-be celebrity chef and judge joined “GBBO” in 2010. Hollywood told The Mirror that Cruise came into the swanky hotel and requested their popular item, blueberry muffins with pumpkin which, unfortunately, they had run out of that particular day. When a room service employee came down to the kitchen and told Hollywood that they needed 12 muffins to go, the baker’s immediate reaction was to say no because it wasn’t time to make a fresh batch yet. However, when the employee informed Hollywood that they were for Tom Cruise, he told The Mirror his response was, “right lads, we’ve got to make some — we need to get these out.” Cruise was one of Hollywood’s first celebrity clients.
While being a baker was not Hollywood’s first career choice, he has risen through the ranks and not only serves his bakes to celebrities but has become one in his own right. He’s even had his fair share of tabloid-worthy controversies and scandals (via HuffPost).