The queen of cookery inspected the kitchens of Highclere Castle and Lady Carnarvon even rustled up some dishes for her approval.
The former Great British Bake Off judge visited the stately home in Newbury, Berkshire, for her new BBC series Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets.
As Mary, 82, baked a tomato tartlet with a lamb dish, Downton devotees will not recognise the kitchen – the on screen one in the drama is filmed from a studio in Ealing, west London.
Lady Carnarvon, married to the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, was apprehensive about cooking for the TV culinary supremo.
“It was amazing having Mary Berry here cooking with us,” she said. “Mary and I were cooking from some of the recipes from my cookery book, but when you are on camera with the one and only Mary Berry I kept thinking, ‘Oh goodness, I’m going to mess it up’.”
And the Countess admitted she was more nervous meeting Mary than when she saw acting royalty Dame Maggie Smith during the making of Downton, where she played the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the hit BBC series.
Lady Carnarvon added: “Mary complimented my cooking but I was so nervous. I suppose I have met a few icons in Downton, including Dame Maggie Smith.
“Isn’t it lucky to have had Dame Maggie Smith and Mary Berry? Mary is such an amazing lady.
“She is so organised, she works so hard. I’ve never met anyone like her.”
Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets will be screened on BBC One later this month.
Published at Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:01:00 +0000