Mary Berry Joins as Judge for New BBC Cooking Show

published Aug 2, 2017
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Mary Berry, author of 75-some cookbooks and judge of The Great British Bake Off, is returning to the BBC to judge a new cooking show coming to the network. The series is called Britain’s Best Cook. Berry will be sharing the screen with presenter Claudia Winkleman and a second judge, who has not been selected by the network.

If you’re screaming right now because you’re so excited, we’re right there with you.

“I am never more at home than when I have my judging hat on,” Berry tells The Guardian. “This series is going to encourage proper home cooking, which I have always championed, and I cannot wait to start. Claudia, for me, is the icing on the cake.”

Britain’s Best Cook is an eight-episode series with 10 contestants preparing “the most perfect version of dishes that define modern British home cooking, as well as create their special take on well-loved classics,” says the BBC. Berry and her fellow judge will look for dishes that “define a new benchmark of excellence.” The challenges will test the contestants’ skills, resourcefulness, and creativity in a high-pressure environment.

“Home cooking has quietly become one of the nation’s favorite obsessions and so there is no better place than BBC One to compete for this crown,” Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, says in a statement. “The queen of all judges Mary Berry will be the indisputable head judge, with the irresistible Claudia Winkleman hosting proceedings. But, who will be Mary’s judging partner? The search is on!”

Berry co-judged The Great British Bake Off with Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc, and Sue Perkins. The show, which was the most-watched program of 2016, has a new home: Earlier this year, Channel 4 acquired a three-year contract with the series for £75 million (roughly $99 million, at £0.76 to the dollar). Hollywood is the only original member of the team to return to the series.