MARY: ‘Noel is wild on the new Bake Off!’

Closer (UK) - - Real Life -

There was uni­ver­sal up­roar when, af­ter seven se­ries, Mary Berry an­nounced she would no longer be con­tin­u­ing as chief judge on one of the UK’S most pop­u­lar TV shows, The Great

Bri­tish Bake Off.

But af­ter the de­but of the new Bake Off, which – hav­ing moved from the BBC to Chan­nel 4 – fol­lows the same for­mat but with pre­sen­ters Noel Field­ing and Sandi Toksvig and new judge Prue Leith, Mary, 82, tells Closer she is a big fan of the new show. She says: “I’ve watched the new show and it’s great! As usual, the for­mat is se­cond to none and the bak­ers are all amaz­ing. They have a won­der­ful batch this year. Noel is fun, he’s a bit wild, but it’s good to have some­body nice and young. “If I had to choose a judge to take my place, it would be Prue. She’s a friend of mine and she knows her stuff – she has a dif­fer­ent style, but has the same prin­ci­ple. She hasn’t asked for any tips from me, but we’ve had lots of chats.”

And while Mary says watch­ing Bake Off didn’t make her miss the show, she ad­mits she can’t wait to get to work on her new show for the BBC – Bri­tain’s Best Cook – where she will be lead judge.

“I did seven se­ries of Bake Off, which I en­joyed enor­mously,” says Mary. “But I have moved on to do some­thing else I en­joy. My new show is a real cook­ing show – we all love bak­ing, but now I’m work­ing on a cook­ing show with meal recipes for the fam­ily.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to putting my judg­ing hat back on – it’s good fun. I want to en­cour­age peo­ple to do bet­ter next time.”

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