Le a d i n g Li ght s 44 NOV/DEC 2017 LEADING LIGHTS Mary berry With a career spanning over 60 years and a library of cookbooks to her name, Mary Berry is a national treasure. From her first job for the electricity board showing customers how to use their electric ovens, she has carved out a hugely successful career, appearing on a variety of prime time TV shows including The Great British Bake Off. We caught up with Mary to find out the secret to her success… TV programmes have encouraged the love of baking it’s a wonderful thing – sharing something that is such a treat is a joy. We all travel more and see and taste different ingredients - this keeps us inspired Contracting polio at the age 13 made you change the way you approached life. Tell us more. Not really, I just had to get on with it. I missed daily sports as a child but continued riding and show jumping so it wasn’t all bad. My left side is weak but nothing that holds me back too much! What has been the key to the success and longevity of your career? Enjoying what I do, that is the main thing for me, it is not work, it all is a sheer pleasure and so varied. Obviously very hard work at times but because I love it I carry on. I am so lucky to be with people I love to work with too and they inspire me. How have things changed for female chefs during that time? Female chefs are definitely on a par with male chefs now and quite right too. By the way I am a cook not a chef! What has inspired/prompted the UK’s renewed love of baking? For me having written Baking Bible and Fast Cakes I feel my love of baking was always there – now TV programmes have encouraged the love of baking it’s a wonderful thing – sharing something that is such a treat is a joy. You’ve published over 75 cookbooks. How difficult is it to keep the content of each book fresh and new? Not too hard, there are always new ingredients available to us, new ideas and because we all travel more and see and taste different ingredients - this keeps us inspired. What has been your proudest moment? Receiving my CBE in 2012 and being awarded with National Television Award for Best TV Judge in 2017.
Stir it up magazine NovDec 2017
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