Mary Berry, everyone’s favorite judge and “soggy bottom” cop, has found a new home judging wannabe chefs on BBC’s Britain’s Best Cook. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, the replacement show for Great British Bake Off will follow 10 contestants making meals that define modern British home cooking as well as presenting their own creative spins on traditional dishes.
On costarring with Berry, Winkleman told the BBC, “[I] am slightly obsessed with Mary so will follow her around with my own moussaka for most of the filming. Apologies in advance.” Berry added, “I am never more at home than when I have my judging hat on.”
Berry left her post on Great British Bake Off when the show moved networks from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2016. In a statement, she said, “My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision.”
The Great British Bake Off will air on Channel 4 later this year with Paul Hollywood as the only remaining cast member from the BBC. Along with Britain’s Best Cook, Berry has also signed on to host Mary Berry’s Secrets From Britain’s Great Houses on BBC1.