Becoming a Dame is ‘icing on the cake’ to Mary Berry and her 50+ year cookery career

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Mary Berry is set to become a dame after being nominated as part of this years delayed Queen’s birthday honours list. The former judge on the Great British Bake Off will receive the accolade for services to broadcasting, culinary arts and charity. With 70+ cookery books under her belt, the first published 50 years ago in 1970, Berry is probably most recognizable from her six-year stint (2010-2016) on the popular baking show alongside Paul Hollywood.

Since her departure from GBBO when the show moved from the BBC to Channel 4, she has hosted many of her own cookery shows on the BBC, including Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts and Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourties. Berry has also been a judge on Britain’s Best Home Cook which was the BBC’s follow-up series after the departure of Bake-Off.

Berry, who turned 85 earlier this year said: “I just wish my parents and brothers were here to share my joy, as my only achievement at school was just one O-level – in cookery of course. However, I am sure they are looking down and smiling.

How to make Scones w/ Mary Berry from Thames Television’s “Afternoon Plus” – 1979

Alongside Berry, Maureen Lipman is also becoming a Dame after being honored for her services to charity, entertainment and the arts during her 50-year career. The former star of Ladies of Letters, Lipman currently stars as Corrie‘s Evelyn Plummer.

In addition, Sir David Attenborough, who was knighted in 1985, has been handed an upgrade. The 94-year-old will be receiving a Knight Grand Cross in the diplomatic list for his contribution to broadcasting and conservation.

Finally, David Suchet, aka Hercule Poirot, received a knighthood for services to drama and charity after a distinguished history on stage and in television.

Congratulations, Dame Mary Berry…Queen of Cakes!


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