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Mary Berry: ‘I won’t move to America for U.S. Bake Off’

Published 30/11/2015

Mary Berry
Mary Berry

The Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry won’t be moving to America to judge a U.S. version of the hit British television show because she doesn’t want to leave her husband.

Mary Berry won’t be relocating to America to judge the U.S. version of The Great British Bake Off.

The 80-year-old baking legend has enjoyed a career comeback thanks to her fair but firm judging style alongside Paul Hollywood on the hit baking competition show.

Following the immense success of the programme, an American version was commissioned. While that series failed to entice viewers, a four-part holiday special entitled The Great Holiday Baking Show was created, with Mary enlisted as judge.

Mary appears on four episodes of the show but shot her scenes from the UK so she could stay near her husband Paul Hunnings, who she has been happily married to since 1966.

“I liked doing the show, and perhaps I could be tempted, but I have got a husband at home and I am not used to leaving him,” she explained to Britain's The Mirror newspaper.

The Great British Bake Off, hosted by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, started in 2010 and now has six series under its belt. The most recent series was won by Nadiya Hussain, who wowed Paul and Mary with her incredible creations and amazing flavour combinations.

Before appearing on the U.S. show, Mary admitted she was unsure whether the American baking hopefuls would be as talented as the British ones.

“I was sort of nervous that the standard wouldn’t be good, but it was,” Mary said. “They were so inventive. They were fabulous and they got on like a house on fire. The one thing I am is fair and we have a very high standard I don’t want to be unkind to them and I want to encourage them to do even better.

“I always think of it as a teaching show.”

Mary is set to rake in an incredible £15,000 per show for the four festive episodes of The Great Holiday Baking Show.

She will be seen judging the hopefuls alongside pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini, and the show is hosted by My Big Fat Greek Wedding actress Nia Vardalos and her husband Ian Gomez.

The Great Holiday Baking Show will premiere on 30 November (15) on ABC.

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