‘Moved to tears’ by Mary

Mary Berry, right, with Sara Bowers from Steyning Bookshop PICTURE: FRANK BULL
Mary Berry, right, with Sara Bowers from Steyning Bookshop PICTURE: FRANK BULL

DINERS were given a glimpse into Mary Berry’s world when the celebrity chef came to Steyning.

Queen of TV favourite The Great British Bake-Off, Mary spoke about her busy and active life and signed copies of her latest book.

The Steyning Bookshop Author Supper was organised as part of the Steyning and District Food and Drink Festival last Wednesday.

Bookshop owner Sara Bower said: “It was so very touching to see people almost moved to tears by the experience of meeting her.

“Her cookery writing and broadcasting have been part of the lives of so many families for many, many years.”

Mrs Reina Alston, from the festival committee, said the day would linger long in the memory of Steyning.

“Mary Berry arrived at Nick Hempleman’s Sussex Produce Café looking absolutely stunning and brimming with energy.

“Mary signed and dedicated countless copies of her latest book, Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect, to the absolute delight of the enthusiastic and appreciative group of diners.”

During the dinner interview, Mary treated the audience to a fascinating glimpse into her life and answered a multitude of questions from the floor.

She said she took great pleasure in knowing that, as a result of Bake-Off, young children were becoming so enthused about cooking.

She also praised chef Somchad Moore for the meal he had prepared for the evening, one of the last in the four-week festival.