Fame may have come to Mary late in life, as a presenter/judge on BBC2's The Great British Bake Off, alongside baker Paul Hollywood, but she remains unfazed by the deserved adulation. While celebrity TV chefs and cooks have come and gone over the decades, for over 45 years Mary has been working away as a TV presenter and an author of numerous highly praised cook books, demonstrating consistent standards in the preparation and cooking of traditional dishes.
Mary studied catering and institutional management at Bath College of Domestic Science. Her first job was at the Bath electricity board showroom, moving on to conducting home visits to show new customers how to use their electric ovens. She would typically demonstrate the ovens by making a Victoria sponge, a technique she would later repeat when in television studios! Mary’s first television series Afternoon Plus - with Judith Chalmers - was broadcast in the early 1970s and was an instant hit. She continued through the 1970s,1980s and 1990s, writing cookery books and filming television series for the BBC, often from her home.
To date, Mary has written over 70 books. Her first - The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook - was published in 1970, while her latest volumes are her autobiography, Recipe for Life, and another cookery book, Mary Berry Cooks, both published in 2014.
Mary often appears as a guest on TV and radio programmes, including The One Show, Food and Drink Programme, Graham Norton Show, Loose Women, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, BBC Breakfast, Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Woman's Hour.
In addition to The Great British Bake Off, in 2014 Mary's own BBC TV programme, Mary Berry Cooks, was aired. She has also appeared on a recent BBC Two series called The Great British Food Revival.
Mary was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to culinary arts. In July 2012, she was given an honorary degree for life-long achievements in her field by Bath Spa University.
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