With sixty years cooking experience, Mary Berry is considered to be the doyenne of baking.
Having learnt the art of baking from her mother, before training at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in France at the age of 17, Mary quickly established herself as a leading cookery writer and broadcaster. Over the years, she has published over 70 cookery books which have been enjoyed by millions of people around the world. She has recently been recognized for her contribution to the culinary arts by the Queen, being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.
Mary’s personal favourite cake to make is a ginger treacle tray bake, however most people tell her that they enjoy baking her lemon drizzle cake and her tarte au citron. In addition to her baking expertise, Mary has also garnered a reputation for providing practical recipes containing lots of fresh ingredients for the family.
Having taken part in three series of The Great British Bake Off, Mary appeared at the BAFTAs this year to collect the award for Best Features programme.
In addition to the main series, Mary and Paul have made masterclasses, in which the pair of them take over the Bake Off tent to re-create the challenges that they set the bakers in the series, taking you through each of the bakes every step of the way to get the perfect results every time.
Mary and Paul have also judged the Junior Bake Off on CBBC, and celebrity version for Sports Relief.