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Mary Berry struggled with working mother guilt

Mary Berry's new TV cooking show has been slammed by some viewers for being too "posh".

Mary Berry felt "very guilty" leaving her children to go to work when they were young.

The 81-year-old chef has become a national treasure over the years, thanks to more than 75 cookbooks, various television shows and a judging role on The Great British Bake Off, but when she first embarked on her career, Mary was mother to Annabel, Thomas and William, and admitted she found it difficult leaving her brood to head to work.

"I was a working mum when there weren't many working mums. It wasn't easy, but I'm very glad I did," she told Woman and Home magazine. "When the children were young, I did feel very guilty, though. So I reckon I was not the best mum. I enjoy my children far more now than when they were young."

William was tragically killed in a car crash in 1989, aged just 19.

Now, Mary spends as much time as possible with Annabel and Thomas, as well as Annabel's children, Louis, 12, Hobie, 10, and six-year-old Atlanta, to make up for the time she spent away from them as youngsters.

"I'm very involved with my grandchildren, too," Mary smiled to the magazine. "I love having them over – and I don't like giving them back!"

Mary hit headlines last year (16) when she confirmed she was staying with the BBC after Channel 4 won a bidding war with the network over rights to The Great British Bake Off.

Her fellow judge Paul Hollywood made the move with the programme to Channel 4, but Mary is enjoying new ventures on the BBC, with her new show Mary Berry Everyday premiering on Monday night (27Feb17).

However, while many viewers enjoyed Mary's return to the screen, others slammed her for including "posh" dishes such as langoustines, lobster and venison on the programme, which is meant to be about dishes you can make every day.

One viewer wrote, "As much as I love Mary Berry, I’m not convinced langoustine are ‘everyday food’", while another tweeted, "Everyday??? Venison, salmon and whiskey? Not in our house Mary Berry!”

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