Cookery book author, AGA doyenne and star of TV’s The Great British Bake Off Mary Berry has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Mary, who has been made a CBE, is one of the UK’s best-known and respected cookery writers and recently appeared on television as a judge on the hit BBC2 show.
She has written more than 70 cookery books, selling more than five million copies around the world. Her popular Mary Berry’s Complete Cookbook was re-released in February as a revamped and updated edition for 2012, with new photos and updated recipes.
Appearing on numerous TV and radio programmes, Mary has shared her culinary secrets with the nation, initially appearing on Judith Chalmers’ Afternoon Plus show in the 1970s.
Since then Mary has become a household name, hosting seven cookery series for Thames Television as well as several series for the BBC including Mary Berry at Home and Mary Berry’s Ultimate Cakes, which were filmed at Mary’s home in Buckinghamshire.
In a 2004 poll by BBC Good Food Magazine, Mary was voted in the top three in the category of ‘Most Reliable Celebrity Cook Book’, alongside Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith.
Mary is a huge fan of AGA cookers and author of many books dedicated to AGA cooking. In January she officially opened a new AGA shop at The Furlong Centre in Ringwood, Hampshire.