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DAME MARY BERRY SHARES LOVE OF COOKING FOR NEW BBC SERIES
The nation’s beloved cook, Dame Mary Berry, is back for a brand new series for BBC Two and iPlayer, Love To Cook, it was announced today (FRI).
Commissioned from Sidney Street, part of Banijay, the six-part, half-hour series is due to transmit later in the year.
Mary Berry loves to cook more than anything else and has been teaching Britain to make delicious dishes for over six decades. Now in Mary Berry: Love To Cook Mary searches out kindred spirits with their own remarkable passions, shares their stories, and together with imparting her favourite recipes, inspires the country to fall in love with cooking, growing and producing food.
Across the six episodes Mary shares her passion through some exceptional dishes, from those that will inspire beginners, or put budget at their heart without sacrificing flavour to recipes that will please a hungry crowd. Mary celebrates heart-warming classics that are perfect to nurture those around you, and of course recipes that focus on what we love to grow as a nation, be it from an allotment or an industrious window box. No one, be they a novice or a seasoned cook, will be able to resist Mary’s commitment to teaching and her lifelong joy of cooking. The accompanying book to the series, of the same name, will be published by BBC Books.
Mary Berry said: “Love to Cook is me in a nutshell! My cooking is all about sharing what I know and love, teaching and inspiring everyone to enjoy cooking as much as I do. Over the past year many have had unexpected time on their hands at home and have found a love of cooking to be comforting and healing in very difficult times. Love to Cook is all about celebrating just that, with wonderful characters as I travel the British Isles in a quest to meet and share in our passion for food.”
Catherine Catton, BBC Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, said: “We are delighted to be working with Mary again and very much looking forward to sharing new recipes that she loves to cook.”
Mary Berry: Love To Cook follows her previous six series also produced by Sidney Street: Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts, Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites, Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking, Mary Berry Everyday, Classic Mary Berry and Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking.
Karen Ross, Managing Director of Sidney Street, said: “This series shows Mary at her best. Mary’s understanding of food and cooking outshines everyone, and her desire to pass on decades of experience in a plate of mouth watering food is a joy to watch!”
Mary Berry: Love to Cook, a 6x30’ series for BBC Two and iPlayer, is made by Sidney Street. It was commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, and the Commissioning Editor is Ricky Cooper. Karen Ross and Martha Delap are Executive Producers with Dave Crerar and Sarah Myland as Series Directors.
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About Sidney Street
Sidney Street is a production company founded in January 2016 by former MasterChef Creative Director, Karen Ross with Endemol Shine UK, and specialises in producing food, factual and lifestyle formats.
Since founding Sidney Street, Karen Ross was commissioned to make Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts, Mary Berry Everyday and Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking, all six-part series for BBC Two, as well as Classic Mary Berry and Mary Berry's Christmas Party for BBC One.
Sidney Street’s also produces the successful, factual entertainment series for BBC One, The Farmer’s Country Showdown, which aired early in 2021 for its fifth series, a unique format that celebrates the diverse range of exceptional and inspirational family-run farms across the UK. Series six is due to air in 2022.
In 2020 Sidney Street Productions also produced Gok Wan’s Easy Asian (8x30), which aired on Food Network from August and took viewers into Gok’s London home as he prepared simple versions of Asian food classics. A second series is due to air May 2021.
Before setting up Sidney Street, Ross launched a re-versioned MasterChef in 2005 originally as Series Producer, steering it from its original early evening BBC Two slot (as MasterChef Goes Large) to a returning prime-time hit for BBC One, with three successful further iterations.
As Creative Director Ross formatted, launched and oversaw eight series of BAFTA-winning MasterChef: The Professionals, eleven Celebrity MasterChef series, three of MasterChef Junior, and 12 series of MasterChef on BBC One.
In this time, Ross had also developed and launched shows including The Box with James Martin for BBC One, The Chef’s Protege with Tom Kitchen, Theo Randall and Michel Roux Jr for BBC Two.