Mary Berry CBE, one of the UK’s leading food writers and well-known star of BBC television show The Great British Bake Off, has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers in the City of London. At a special ceremony Mary, dressed in full City regalia, became a member of the Bakers Company, one of the oldest City of London Livery Companies with a history dating back to 1155. Today the Company’s trade programmes cover all aspects of the baking profession, including the provision of prizes, scholarships and training to help young people become first-class tradesmen and -women.
The Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, David Bentley, said: “We are delighted that Mary Berry has accepted the Honorary Livery of the Bakers Company. She has done so much to popularise baking and the impact of The Great British Bake Off cannot be underestimated. Since [it] launched in 2010 the bakery profession has seen a huge upturn in young people opting to pursue baking as a career and numerous artisan bakeries have opened in villages and towns across the UK. Mary’s passion for teaching is central to the ethos of all 110 City of London Livery Companies. Between them, they cover almost every trade you can think of and donate over £40m each year in charitable giving, with over half of that going into education.”
Mary Berry has published more than 70 cookery books and hosted several television series for the BBC and Thames Television. She said: “The City of London Livery Companies have, for centuries, been supporting society through education, skills, research and welfare – and that work continues today. I am delighted to be joining the Worshipful Company of Bakers and honoured that the Company should invite me to do so.”
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