Mary Berry awarded honorary degree

Cookery book author, AGA doyenne and star of TV’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’ Mary Berry has been awarded an honorary degree by Bath Spa University in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to cookery.

The honorary degree will be presented by vice-chancellor Professor Christina Slade at the University’s graduation ceremony on Friday July 20.

Mary is one of the UK’s best-known and respected cookery writers and TV cook. At the age of 18 she trained at the Bath College of Home Economics, followed by a Paris Cordon Bleu course and she is a qualified teacher.

Commenting on her award, Mary said: “I am immensely proud to be given an honorary degree from Bath Spa University. My school days in Bath were fun, but I didn’t leave with flying colours so this is a real honour and surprise! Bath College of Domestic Science were wonderful times for me and gave me a footing for my career.”

She has written more than 70 cookery books, selling more than five million copies around the world. She has hosted several television series for the BBC and been a judge on ‘The Great British Bake Off’ since 2010. Mary is also a huge fan of AGA cookers and author of many books dedicated to AGA cooking.

Mary was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, earlier this month with a CBE. In January she officially opened a new AGA shop at The Furlong Centre in Ringwood, Hampshire.

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