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Mary Berry lands new judging role on BBC cooking show

Mary Berry will be joined by host Claudia Winkleman on Britain's Best Cook.

Mary Berry has landed a judging role on a new BBC cooking show.

Mary won over the nation's hearts as a judge on The Great British Bake Off with Paul Hollywood, but she decided to stay with the BBC when the show and Paul moved to its new home on Channel 4.

BBC executives have wasted no time finding a new cookery competition for Mary to judge and announced on Tuesday (01Aug17) that she will be taste testing dishes made by contestants on Britain's Best Cook.

"I am never more at home than when I have my judging hat on," Mary said in a statement. "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."

While producers are currently on the hunt for a judging partner for the food expert, they have already enlisted Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman to front the series.

"I am over the moon to be part of this show. Am slightly obsessed with Mary so will follow her around with my own moussaka for most of the filming. Apologies in advance," she joked.

Ten "truly great home cooks" will compete against each other to prove they have the talent, technical ability, creativity and expertise to be crowned Britain's Best Cook by Mary and her co-judge. They will be asked to perfect modern British dishes as well as put their own spin on classics over the course of the eight-episode competition, which will air on BBC One.

Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore is also looking forward to the series launch, sharing, "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!"

Bake Off will air on Channel 4 for the first time later this year. Paul will be joined by judge Prue Leith and new hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.

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