Mary Berry, who appears with Paul Hollywood at the BBC Good Food Show at London Olympia between 14-16 November 2014, reveals her baking secrets and how to stay slim when eating cake


What will be the highlights of the BBC Good Food Show for you?
Meeting the audience in the Supertheatre.

How important is it for you to meet the public?
It’s always great at the Good Food Shows to have the live audience. The interaction with the audience is great fun and it is lovely to get feedback. I love the Q&A session after the demonstrations and hearing from the public about what they enjoy cooking.

How do you stay slim when you eat so much cake?
I only have a small slice of cake and never go back for a second slice!

Do you have a stylist?
Yes, but only for the TV show. Arabella will get a variety of jackets that I like and then I’ll choose my favourites and try them on. I buy my own clothes too!

How would you describe your working relationship with Paul? Who is the naughtier one off camera?
Paul is definitely the naughtier one but we both can be a little naughty! We have a wonderful relationship with Mel and Sue too who are just lovely, we are so lucky to have special friendships.

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are coming to the BBC Good Food Show in November

What is your ultimate comfort cake to make?
Iced ginger cake with stem ginger.

What’s your earliest baking memory?
Baking at school in home economics and making a treacle suet pudding and being chuffed to bits with it.

What do you like to watch on TV and why?
Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife on a Sunday evening – I become absorbed in the stories.

What’s your guilty food pleasure?
A chocolate after dinner… Just one though.

What’s the best recipe for baking novices?
A Victoria Sandwich with an all-in-one method is the easiest to start with.

Which celebrity would you like to bake for?
Judi Dench – we would drink tea and eat cake and natter.

If you could choose one person to jump out of a giant cake at your birthday party, who would it be?
Hugh Jackman – for obvious reasons!

What’s the best place in London for afternoon tea?
The Ritz or Fortnum and Mason.

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will be appearing at the BBC Good Food Show at London Olympia, which runs between 14-16 November 2014. See