Mary Berry will be made a dame in the forthcoming Queen’s Birthday Honours list, it has been reported.
The 85-year-old former Great British Bake Off judge has been marked out for the honour after six decades of cookery broadcasting and writing, The Sunday Telegraph said.
The paper said the honours list will also including medical workers, fundraisers and volunteers who have been involved in the response to the coronavirus.
The list was finalised before the pandemic took root in Britain, but was postponed from June until this coming week in order to include people involved in the battle against Covid-19.
Mrs Berry, who received a CBE eight years ago for services to culinary arts, has written more than 70 cookbooks.
She revealed her kitchen habits had changed during lockdown while living with her husband Paul, who she has been married to since 1966.
“My cooking’s changed considerably because there’s only been two of us,” she said speaking last month.
“And I know exactly that it’s just two of us every week, so I don’t need any spare food for people who drop in.
“I didn’t use an awful lot of tinned food – I used my freezer as my store cupboard. I made things like fish cakes – we love fish cakes – and I did batches of minced beef and a fairly basic sauce, so I could take that out of the freezer and turn it into something with pasta, or into cottage and shepherd’s pies.”