Reporters Victoria Bull and Natalee Hazelwood spoke to people outside Hemel Hempstead’s XC Centre to find out their views on the TV baking phenomenon.
Ben O’Mara, Long Chaulden:
‘Paul Hollywood, what a legend. That man makes bread like no-one’s ever made bread before. I haven’t caught the bug but it’s an epidemic – a lot of people are going down with Bake-Off flu.’