ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S BEST LOVED COOKERY WRITERS AND TELEVISION PERSONALITIES.
Mary is known nationwide for her work as a judge on The Great British Bake Off, Junior Bake Off, and Comic Relief Bake Off. Mary also presented the Love Production’s American spin-off show The Great American Baking Show for NBC.
Mary’s latest series Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking was broadcast on BBC 2 in March of this year and she is currently filming the second series of Britain’s Best Home Cook (BBC 1). Mary’s recent series have included Classic Mary Berry (BBC 2), Mary Berry Everyday (BBC 2) and Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets (BBC 1). She has hosted two annual episodes of Mary Berry’s Christmas Party (BBC 1) and in 2017 Mary reunited with Mel and Sue for a one off festive special, Mary, Mel and Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You (BBC1).
Mary trained at The Cordon Bleu in Paris and Bath School of Home Economics, and in the swinging ’60s Mary became the cookery editor of Housewife magazine, and later, Ideal Home magazine.
She first appeared on television in the 1970’s when she became the resident cook on Afternoon Plus with Judith Chalmers.
Combining motherhood and work, she continued writing books and filming television series for BBC from her home. She launched the extremely successful Aga Workshops, a cookery school at home, which had over twelve thousand students over sixteen years. She has written over eighty cookery books with total sales of over six million.
Mary is a Patron of the Child Bereavement Trust, an Ambassador for the RHS and President of the National Garden Scheme. Mary has won many awards including Good Housekeeping Award for Food Book of the Year and an NRTA for Best Television Chef. In 2012 Mary was honoured with a CBE for services to culinary arts and in 2017 she won the title of Best TV Judge at the National Television Awards.
Mary continues to write books alongside Lucy Young, her assistant of over twenty years. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, has two grown up children and five grandchildren.