Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood thrills fans with youthful comeback before ’80s week

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He is the ultimate silver fox of the Great British Bake Off tent and is well known for his gray locks.

But Paul Hollywood looked remarkably different in a dark-haired ’80s throwback pic, which he shared with fans on Instagram on Tuesday.

The celebrity chef, 54, posted the young pic ahead of Bake Off’s’ 80s-themed week, joking that contestants had better make their “quiche, vol au vent and slices of custard.”

Beau: Paul Hollywood shared an 80s dark haired throwback pic with fans via his Instagram on Tuesday ahead of the 80s-themed episode of The Great British Bake Off

Paul captioned the photo: “Here’s one from the late 80s, it’s also the theme of the Bake Off tonight,” THE 80 “…! 8 p.m. on @ channel4.

“Quiche, vol au vent and slices of custard with X ready.

Despite his instantly recognizable piercing blue eyes, people couldn’t believe how different the judge from Bake Off was.

But fans were quick to rush to compliment the TV star on his short brown hair in the ‘handsome’ snap – with some noting a resemblance to Hollywood icon Tom Cruise.

Flashback: Despite his famous instantly recognizable blue eyes, his fans couldn't believe how different the famous chef, 54, looked in his young pic

Flashback: Despite his famous instantly recognizable blue eyes, his fans couldn’t believe how different the famous chef, 54, looked in his young pic

One fan commented, “Give Tom Cruise a run for his money here. “

Another naughty user wrote: “Beautiful then and sexy now!” “

A third wrote humorously, “Oooh, exactly what I needed on a Tuesday morning. “

Series 9 Bake Off winner Rahul Mandal responded to Paul’s snap, teasing that he was “born in the 80s” – when Paul would have already been 20 in 1986.

Rahul wrote: “I was born in the 80’s !! Can’t wait to see tonight’s episode. Good luck to the amazing bakers!

Some Paul fans have also pointed out his resemblance to his 18-year-old son Josh, whom he shares with his ex-wife Alexandra.

Resemblance?  Paul fans rushed to compliment the TV star on his short brown hair in the 'handsome' snap - with some noting a resemblance to Tom Cruise (pictured in 2018)

Resemblance? Paul fans rushed to compliment the TV star on his short brown hair in the ‘handsome’ snap – with some noting a resemblance to Tom Cruise (pictured in 2018)

This isn’t the first time Paul has shared a throwback photo on Instagram as the TV personality also revealed another ’80s photo in July.

The unrecognizable photo saw Paul donning shoulder-length black hair falling in front of his face during his “art school days.”

Young Paul, who would have been around 17 at the time, posed while holding his cat in the image dated “circa 1982/3”.

The TV star kissed her long brown locks while studying sculpture at The Wirral’s Wallasey School of Art, before continuing her career in baking.

Along with the snap, he wrote: ‘Hold my cat… art school days around 1982/3 .. !!! X. ‘

Unrecognizable: Paul shared another '80s snap on Instagram in July, where the TV personality was almost unrecognizable without his silver hair statement

Unrecognizable: Paul shared another ’80s snap on Instagram in July, where the TV personality was almost unrecognizable without his silver hair statement

Rahul, 33, commented on Paul’s eerie resemblance to GBBO presenter Noel Fielding, known for his dark locks.

Another fan said: “Are you sure you and @noelfielding weren’t separated at birth? “

This week’s episode of Bake Off sees the remaining contestants fight back in the week of the ’80s, after Mark Lutton was the last person to be eliminated from the show last Tuesday.

The amateur baker failed to impress with his Japanese-inspired pastries despite starting the week confidently.

Mark struggled to impress the judges with his burger-style steamed buns, as he landed in fifth place in the technical challenge.

Bake Off: This week's episode sees contestants battle the week of the '80s to earn a spot in the quarterfinals (pictured, judges Paul and Prue Leith with Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding)

Bake Off: This week’s episode sees contestants battle the week of the ’80s to earn a spot in the quarterfinals (pictured, judges Paul and Prue Leith with Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding)

The showstopper challenge, in which bakers were tasked with creating a ‘cute’ kawaii creation, turned out to be the final straw for the North Irish baker, 27, with his avocado-themed creation referred to as’ inedible ”by Judge Paul Hollywood.

Speaking after his release, Mark became emotional, saying, “When you know, you know. I thought it was my time tonight.

Elsewhere in the series, Lottie had some glee after being crowned a Baker Star for the first time thanks to her outstanding display of toads.

Tension on the pastry show will increase this week as bakers battle for a spot in the quarter-finals.

The Great British Bake Off continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Channel 4.

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