Prue Leith has revealed lingering Covid rules mean cakes are wasted on Great British Bake Off.
The writer, restaurateur and judge on the Channel 4 series has clarified what happens to the masses of food produced on the programme.
Leith said “enormous” quantities of cake are wasted, as health and safety restrictions dictate that food cannot be taken off-site.
Despite the best efforts of the “gannets” in the crew for the series, much of the bakers’ creations are left uneaten after being judged, and simply have to be thrown away.
Leith said: “We are not allowed to take anything off site since Covid, because there were all sorts of Covid restrictions and it seems to have stuck.
“I think health and safety, once they get a grip of you they really hang on.
“They don’t allow us to take anything off site. So it’s dumped, I’m afraid, what’s not eaten is dumped.”
Leith, 83, said that it was not always this way, and taking food home rather than wasting it was commonplace prior to the introduction of Covid rules on set.