Mary Berry has revealed that she has developed a penchant for wearing jeans thanks to the sartorial influence of her Great British Bake Off co-presenters Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
Berry, who will be seen in the new series of Bake Off when it returns to BBC1 on Wednesday August 6, tells the new issue of Radio Times magazine: “Beforehand I would never have worn them. Other than for a dog walk. Then I arrived here, and there were Mel and Sue in jeans and Paul in jeans and I thought, well, I need to be the same as all the others.”
In the interview she also discloses that she would never consider Botox or any other kind of procedure to make herself look younger.
“I think surgeons should be saving lives rather than pulling faces about. But I do think about what I look like now, whereas before I didn’t, unless I was going out to a party.”
She also says she suspects that rival cookery show presenters are under pressure to let some candidates do better than others – but that isn’t an issue in her baking tent.
“We get no pressure from the BBC to say, ‘We need someone from Scotland to win’. Nobody does that. We make the decisions. I often look at other cooking programmes and it doesn’t seem that way.”
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years writing for Stage newspaper, Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times, The Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.