AKA: Queen of Cakes
Occupation: Food writer and TV star
Best known for: Being a baking legend and much-loved Great British Bake Off judge
Usually found: Tasting cakes in the Bake Off tent
Fun fact: Mary’s first job was at the Bath electricity board showroom – she drove to customers' homes to show them how to use their new electric ovens. She usually demonstrated the ovens by making her Victoria Sponge, which is still what she makes whenever she is testing a television studio kitchen.
Mary is Cordon-Bleu trained and an experienced magazine cookery editor as well as a seasoned television presenter. In 2009 she was awarded the highly coveted Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 she was made a CBE for her services to culinary arts. Mary lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, Paul, and their dog, Millie, and continues to inspire thousands of people across the country to enjoy home cooking.