Mary Berry

Widely recognised as a queen of baking across the culinary world, Mary Berry remains a signature staple on the cooking scene.


Birthday: 24 March 1935

Find Mary Berry on social media

Mary Berry was born in Bath, Somerset, daughter of Alleyene Berry, a surveyor and future Mayor of Bath who was also instrumental in the formation of the University of Bath. Berry herself describes her early academic study as ‘hopeless’. From an early age, Berry had a firm interest in cooking with her domestic science teacher particularly pushing her to pursue the culinary arts, along with encouragement from her father, who would often compliment her on her baking ability. This fervent interest in the food world led Berry to then pursue a study of catering and shipping management at the Bath College of Domestic Science.

Following on from education, Berry’s first job was at a Bath Electricity Board showroom where she would often conduct home visits to show how to work ovens; she did this through baking Victoria Sponge cakes to make sure the oven was fully operational. This is a technique that Berry would eventually adopt for life, performing it whilst working on TV so that she could get to grips with new ovens.

Yet, Berry’s ambition did not stop in Bath. Having a strong desire to move to London to continue her passion for baking, by age 22, Berry worked at the Dutch Dairy Bureau and continued her education at the City and Guilds of London Institute. Berry would then go on to persuade her manager to fund her culinary pursuits by investing in Berry to study a professional degree at the Le Cordon Bleu school.

From here, Berry’s career prospects quickly accelerated, attaining a job as a recipe tester for Benson’s where she broke into writing, beginning her first recipe book. Quickly, she found success as an editor of Housewife Magazine before becoming food editor of Ideal Home between 1970-1973, enabling her first cookery book ‘The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook’ to be published.

By the 1990’s, Berry was a staple of consumer cooking, releasing her own brand of salad dressings and sauces which would sell to giant businesses such as Harrods and Fortnum & Mason.

This success bolstered her career, allowing her to break into television cooking, working on The Great British Food Revival as well as her iconic role as a judge on The Great British Bake Off, reinvigorating a passion for baking across the UK, reviewing chocolate fudge brownies to lemon drizzle cake with her classic wit and flair. From her success on The Great British Bake Off, Berry has started her own shows and remains the pinnacle celebrity TV baker.

"Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy."

Latest articles about Mary Berry

"I think baking is very rewarding, and if you follow a good recipe, you will get success."

Mary Berry's Books

Mary Berry has written over 70 cookbooks over her life covering everything from baking to her classic staple dishes.


FAQs

How much is Mary Berry worth?
As of 2021, Mary Berry is reported to be worth £25 million.

How old is Mary Berry?
Born in 1935, Mary Berry is aged 86 as of 2021.

How long was Mary Berry on The Great British Bake Off?
Mary Berry was a judge on the show from 2010 to 2016.

Mary Berry's TV Shows

Mary Berry is widely known for her run as a judge on The Great British Bake Off, yet the baker has appeared on a myriad of different shows from Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets to Mary Berry Saves Christmas.

Celebrity Best Home Cook
2021 -

Celebrity Best Home Cook

Classic Merry Berry
2018 - 2018

Classic Merry Berry

Britain's Best Home Cook
2018 -

Britain's Best Home Cook

Mary Berry's Country House Secrets
2017 - 2017

Mary Berry's Country House Secrets

Mary Berry's Easter Feast
2016 - 2016

Mary Berry's Easter Feast

Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites
2015 - 2015

Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites

Mary Berry Cooks
2014 - 2014

Mary Berry Cooks

The Great British Bake Off
2010 - 2016

The Great British Bake Off

Quotes

Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy.

It's so comforting to have a small piece of cake. Just one slice.

I think baking is very rewarding, and if you follow a good recipe, you will get success.

I know people think I invented the Victoria sandwich, but I'm really not that old.