Baking legend Mary Berry criticised as she admits she’s ‘never had a takeaway’

Baking queen Mary Berry has cooked up a storm by claiming: “I have never had a takeaway, why should I?"

The kitchen doyen claims people should go back to basics and make their own meals.

Mary, ex-Great British Bake Off judge and host of the Best Home Cook, has underlined her disdain for food-to-go.

The 84-year-old said: “We want to get people cooking at home because we are a nation that orders in and eats out.”



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But she was criticised last night for not trying takeaway food.

Tim and Kelly Barnes run Krispies at Exmouth in Devon, which was voted the UK’s best fish and chip shop last year.

Kelly, frying fish for 20 years, said: “Fish, chips and mushy peas is a wholesome meal. You can’t make great fish and chips at home.


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“For a start, potatoes should never go below 5C. Mary should come along and give it a go.”

Joe Groves, of home delivery food firm Deliveroo, said: “We would like Mary to know that takeaway does not have to mean kebab or burger — we’d love to sort her out with a meal from one of our gourmet partners.”

Speaking to My Weekly magazine Mary admitted that despite never ordering a takeaway, she did use the odd shortcut when cooking, often reaching for dried, rather than fresh pasta and pre-packed grated cheese.

She said: “I can muster up things very quickly and there are many things that you can buy to help you if you are busy and which don’t cost that much extra, like grated cheese.

“If you are in a hurry you can pay a little bit more for it and get food on the table quicker.”

Mary is currently presenting Best Home Cook with Claudia Winkleman on Thursdays on BBC One.

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