Forget the cakes, Mary has perfect style recipe: Fans praise her as all-round goddess’ for outfit choice on latest show
11:30 GMT, 27 September 2012
Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off wearing the floral jacket which turned her into a style icon
She is hailed as the nation’s queen of baking but judge Mary Berry is fast becoming the queen of style too.
Fans traditionally tune in to Great British Bake Off to admire the delicious confection or laugh at the disastrous cooking.
But it seems 77-year-old Mrs Berry has now become something of a style icon with viewers regularly discussing her sartorial choices.
On Tuesday night she cause a storm on social networks with hundreds commenting after she appeared in a trendy floral bomber jacket from Zara – a high street favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge.
The doyenne of cooking teamed the 29.99 silk jacket with simple dark trousers and top, but prompted hundreds of fashion comments during the cookery show.
One, calling themselves Incredibly Rich, added: ‘Not only is Mary Berry faultless in the kitchen, that flower print blouse she’s wearing is bang on trend. The woman is a goddess.’
Rosie Richards commented: ‘Yes! Mary Berry is rocking her floral bomber jacket from Zara. Legend.’
Jim Taylor added: ‘I don’t normally tweet about fashion, but Mary Berry looks amazing on Great British Bake Off tonight. The ‘digital floral bomber jacket’ is in this autumn.’
At one stage there was such discussion over the clothes that she was trending on Twitter with many wondering whether they could still purchase the item.
Natalie Longworth said: ‘I’m loving Mary Berry’s floral bomber jacket. Where can I get one'
Sadly, the many who wondered i they copy her style will be sorely disappointed.
A Zara spokesman said: 'The jacket was part of last season's spring/summer collection. Unfortunately it is now unavailable.'
It is not the first time she has
caused a stir with her outfits – last week she wore a hot pink blazer
that prompted scores of compliments.
One fan said: ‘Mary Berry looking serene and wonderful tonight in her pink jacket – ageing gracefully & naturally.’
Unlikely style icon Mary Berry has shown off her love for pastels and florals during the Great British Bake Off
Another added: ‘Mary Berry = Queen of Fashion. Hot pink has never looked so chic.’
Great British Bake Off has become one of BBC2’s biggest hits with a peak of 4.6 million tuning in each week.
The show is hosted by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, while master baker Paul Hollywood and leading cookery writer Mary Berry judge the process.
Tuesday night’s episode, which saw contestants compete to make signature buns from different regions, jam doughnuts and a “showstopping” loaf fit for a celebration, saw a double eviction.
Sussex vicar’s wife Sarah Jane Willis, 28, who became known for regularly crying on the show, and Bristol-based photographer Ryan Chong, 38, who was dogged by calamities in the kitchen, left the competition.
From left to right: Comedy duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins present the popular baking show alongside judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. Pictured at the British Academy Television Awards in London this year
All the hopefuls were spared last week after John Waite cut his finger and could not bake, so in the interests of fairness judges opted to axe two this week instead.
Great British Bake-Off has become the must-watch show for cookery lovers, rivalling BBC1’s Masterchef – and winning new baking devotees.
It is credited with helping to make the pastime seem more ‘macho’ – perhaps thanks to the tough criticism dished out by Mr Hollywood.
Half its contestants are men, and the challenge format encourages competitiveness.
As a result, last month a report by trade magazine The Grocer found that home baking is on the rise among British men.
A spokesman for The Grocer said: ‘When it comes to doing the baking, men are showing an increasing desire to get stuck in – inspired perhaps by male role models such as the Fabulous Baker Brothers or Paul Hollywood, artisan baker and presenter of The Great British Bake Off.’