Dame Mary Rosa Alleyne Hunnings DBE is a British food writer, chef and television presenter. She has published more than 75 cookery books, including her best-selling Baking Bible in 2009. Berry was a judge on the BBC One television programme The Great British Bake Off from its launch in 2010 until 2016.
About Mary Berry in brief
Dame Mary Rosa Alleyne Hunnings DBE is a British food writer, chef and television presenter. She has published more than 75 cookery books, including her best-selling Baking Bible in 2009. Berry is an occasional contributor to Woman’s Hour and Saturday Kitchen. She was a judge on the BBC One television programme The Great British Bake Off from its launch in 2010 until 2016, when it relocated to Channel 4. Berry’s first cookbook, The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook, was published in 1970. She launched her own product range in 1994 with her daughter Annabel. The salad dressings and sauces were originally only sold at Mary’s AGA cooking school, but have since been sold in Britain, Germany and Ireland with retailers such as Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Tesco. In December 2012, Berry became the first president of the new Bath Spa University Alumni Association. In May 2015 she began presenting a new BBC Two series called Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites. In November 2015 she was the subject of a two-part biographical documentary entitled The Mary Berry Story.
Starting on 30 November 2015, she became the President of the National Garden Garden Scheme, the British National Garden Scheme and the National Council for the Promotion of Homegrown Vegetable Gardening. In February 2015, Berry featured in a programme in aid of the Third World Relief charity Comic Relief. Her mother died in 2011 aged 105. Her great-great-grandfather on her father’s side, Robert Houghton, was a master baker in the 1860s who provided bread for a local workhouse in Norwich. At the age of 13, Berry contracted polio and had to spend three months in the hospital. This resulted in her having a twisted spine, a weaker left hand and thinner left arm. She then studied catering and shipping management at Bath College of Domestic Science. At 21, she moved to France to study at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, before working in a number of cooking-related jobs. Her ambition was to move out of the family home to London, which her parents would not allow until she was 21.