Mary Berry would consider guest role on Bake Off

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 February 2017
Mary Berry

Mary Berry

Mary Berry would consider a guest judge role on 'The Great British Bake Off' when it moves to Channel 4 if she was asked

Mary Berry would consider a guest judge role on 'The Great British Bake Off'.

The 81-year-old cook and food writer stayed loyal to the BBC when the baking show moved to Channel 4 but Mary hasn't ruled out making a one-off appearance on the show alongside her former co-judge Paul Hollywood.

She said: "Of course I'll be watching, I want to see what they're up to. I'm sure they'll choose good replacements [for ex-hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins], and Paul will be just the same."

Asked if she'd take a guest judge role, she added: "I don't know, I'd wait to be asked. I think it'll all be different but I'm sure it'll be good. I wish them well. I keep in touch with Mel, Sue and Paul - we text each other. It was like a family as we'd been together for seven series."

Mary was amazed to pick up the Best Judge gong at the National Television Awards last month as she never thought she would win over 'Strictly Come Dancing's Len Goodman.

She added: "I had no idea I was going to win! I thought Len Goodman would win - we all love him and it was his last series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. It was a shock.

"People are very kind. When I'm on television, I try to be nice. I want to encourage people to cook, to bake and I want to praise them, I don't want to get cross with them. I want people to do better, but I don't think the way to encourage is to tick them off."

And whilst Mary loves that her job allows her to meet lots of different people she has inspired to cook, she admits she hates taking selfies with them.

She told The Sun newspaper: "When I meet people they usually say, 'Are you Mary Berry?' And I say, 'I'm afraid I am.' And they say, 'I make your lemon drizzle cake' or, 'Thank you for teaching my children to cook.'

"They never say nasty things. But I'd rather people didn't take selfies. It's sort of showing off, 'I know so-and-so', isn't it? I don't think it's a good thing so I hope it fades."

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