Mary Berry makes innuendo about ‘nuts’ on Britain’s Best Home Cook

On The Great British Bake Off, she was famed for her quips about wrist action, soggy bottoms and irregular-shaped balls.

And it seems that Mary Berry, 83, has transferred that classic knack for cookery-themed innuendo over to her new BBC show – Britain’s Best Home Cook.

The show – which is her first cookery competition series since she sensationally quit Bake Off in 2016, and debuted on BBC One on Thursday evening – sees the TV legend judging an array of culinary skills from a group of self-taught cooks.

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Mary Berry makes innuendo about 'preferring nuts': Britain's Best Home Cook judge is up to the same tricks from her Bake Off days in new show

Mary Berry makes innuendo about 'preferring nuts': Britain's Best Home Cook judge is up to the same tricks from her Bake Off days in new show

Mary Berry makes innuendo about ‘preferring nuts’: Britain’s Best Home Cook judge is up to the same tricks from her Bake Off days in new show

And Mary couldn’t help but make a cheeky pun in the first ever episode – which saw the cooks taking on a task featuring nuts.

As one contestant decided to make not one but several dishes, Mary said: ‘This is delicious but I would really prefer to have one dish that showcases nuts.’

Although rather tame by her standards, viewers flocked to Twitter to joke about Mary’s insinuation.

‘Ahhh nuts….innuendo exists without Mel and Sue,’ one person typed, referring to the former Bake Off hosts Mary used to work with.

Cheeky: Mary couldn't help but make a pun in the first ever episode - which saw the cooks taking on a task featuring nuts

Cheeky: Mary couldn't help but make a pun in the first ever episode - which saw the cooks taking on a task featuring nuts

Cheeky: Mary couldn’t help but make a pun in the first ever episode – which saw the cooks taking on a task featuring nuts

As one contestant decided to make not one but several dishes, Mary said: 'This is delicious but I would really prefer to have one dish that showcases nuts'

As one contestant decided to make not one but several dishes, Mary said: 'This is delicious but I would really prefer to have one dish that showcases nuts'

As one contestant decided to make not one but several dishes, Mary said: ‘This is delicious but I would really prefer to have one dish that showcases nuts’

‘Mary Berry keeps talking about the taste of nuts!’ another remarked.

‘Mary Berry: “I would prefer to have one dish that showcased nuts.” It’s filth! Pure filth!’ another person joked.

‘Wish Mary Berry would stop talking about warm nuts!’ came another post.

‘Showcase your nuts!’ someone else blurted, on the microblogging site.

On the show, Mary judged the home cooks alongside produce expert Chris Bavin and chef Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle.

The panel: On the show, Mary judged the home cooks alongside produce expert Chris Bavin and chef Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle

The panel: On the show, Mary judged the home cooks alongside produce expert Chris Bavin and chef Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle

The panel: On the show, Mary judged the home cooks alongside produce expert Chris Bavin and chef Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle

Mad about the nuts: Although rather tame by her standards, viewers flocked to Twitter to joke about Mary's insinuation

Mad about the nuts: Although rather tame by her standards, viewers flocked to Twitter to joke about Mary's insinuation

Mad about the nuts: Although rather tame by her standards, viewers flocked to Twitter to joke about Mary’s insinuation

And the resounding verdict from viewers, as the show debuted, was that they were delighted that Mary was back on television judging a food programme.

But the show couldn’t escape comparisons to Bake Off, nonetheless; with some also claiming it was very similar to veteran series MasterChef. 

Fans were sure to post on Twitter what they thought. One wrote: ‘It’s no GBBO but it’s still a lot of fun.’

Another described it as ‘Mary Berry does MasterChef’, while another said it was like ‘#GBBO meets #masterchef meets #TheApprentice’ with Mary ‘thrown in for good measure’. 

Sour grapes? Mary made a thinly-veiled dig at Bake Off by claiming her new show is ‘refreshing’ because it ‘avoids tears’

One commented: ‘#bbhc is basically Bake Off isn’t it. And there is nothing wrong with that.’

‘Bloody fabulous to have Mary Berry back doing what she does best,’ one pleased viewer said. 

The show sees 10 family chefs pit their skills against each other. It’s hosted by Claudia Winkleman and makes the contestants live in a house together throughout the eight-week competition while facing a series of culinary challenges.

The first episode saw amateur cook Fiona, 59, eliminated after delivering a disappointing poached egg with hollandaise sauce in the last of three rounds.

Sweet success: The resounding verdict from viewers, as the show debuted, was that they were delighted that Mary was back on television judging a food programme

Sweet success: The resounding verdict from viewers, as the show debuted, was that they were delighted that Mary was back on television judging a food programme

Sweet success: The resounding verdict from viewers, as the show debuted, was that they were delighted that Mary was back on television judging a food programme

New format: The contestants had previously been asked to serve up their ultimate burgers, as well as take part in the nut challenge

New format: The contestants had previously been asked to serve up their ultimate burgers, as well as take part in the nut challenge

New format: The contestants had previously been asked to serve up their ultimate burgers, as well as take part in the nut challenge

Pick polka dots like Mary in a printed blouse from Zara

Mary Berry might be queen of baking, but she’s a bit of a style maven too.

Her statement blazers and bomber jackets became a signature when she was a judge on The Great British Bake Off, but on the first episode of her new show Britain’s Best Home Cook, it was this printed blouse that drove us dotty!

It’s a trend that never really goes away, but this season, polka dots are particularly in vogue. Look to Rodarte, Temperley London and Self-Portrait if you don’t believe us! Mary’s is a much more budget-friendly pick from Zara and we love the pussybow neckline and pretty pearl trim on the sleeve.

It’s now sold out online, but click (right) to see if there are any sizes left on your local high street.

Or make like Mary with the help of our edit below. This Rixo London blouse is top of our wish list!

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The contestants had previously been asked to serve up their ultimate burgers, as well as take part in the nut challenge.

Mary judges Bake Off for seven seasons at the BBC, before it was swiped away by Channel 4 – deciding not to go with it to a new channel, unlike co-judge Paul Hollywood.

And in a chat with The Mirror ahead of Britain’s Best Home Cook’s debut, the cookery star took a thinly-veiled dig at her old show – which saw Prue Leith replace her when it returned last year.

‘The judging really is different,’ she said. ‘We wanted to avoid tears!

‘We don’t want people to be upset, but ready for their next challenge. I’ve spent seven series on Bake Off and so it was quite refreshing.’ 

Comparing it to her former show, she went on to explain how she thinks it’s become too complex, and taken things away from the basics of baking.

Pastures new: She judged The Great British Bake Off for seven seasons at the BBC, before it was swiped away by Channel 4 [pictured with Claudia Winkleman of Britian's Best Home Cook]

Pastures new: She judged The Great British Bake Off for seven seasons at the BBC, before it was swiped away by Channel 4 [pictured with Claudia Winkleman of Britian's Best Home Cook]

Pastures new: She judged The Great British Bake Off for seven seasons at the BBC, before it was swiped away by Channel 4 [pictured with Claudia Winkleman of Britian’s Best Home Cook]

The old crowd: When Mary left the Bake Off in 2016 - after Love Productions inked a multi-million pound deal to transfer the show to Channel 4 - hosts of the series Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins followed suit, all pledging allegiance to the BBC and devastating fans

The old crowd: When Mary left the Bake Off in 2016 - after Love Productions inked a multi-million pound deal to transfer the show to Channel 4 - hosts of the series Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins followed suit, all pledging allegiance to the BBC and devastating fans

The old crowd: When Mary left the Bake Off in 2016 – after Love Productions inked a multi-million pound deal to transfer the show to Channel 4 – hosts of the series Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins followed suit, all pledging allegiance to the BBC and devastating fans

She elaborated: ‘We are totally different from Bake Off because it is all about cakes and baking and it has got quite complicated, with all sorts of equipment to ice, flavour and colour, and very intricate. Home cooking is totally different.’ 

Mary is co-judging the new series with Chris Bavin and Dan Doherty. Of the pair, she said: ‘All three of us encouraged people and told them where they went wrong.

‘I want to get the best out of people and encourage them if they’ve made a bit of a cock-up. We don’t want people to be upset but ready for their next challenge.’

Fans were sure to post on Twitter what they thought. One wrote: 'It’s no GBBO but it's still a lot of fun'

Fans were sure to post on Twitter what they thought. One wrote: 'It’s no GBBO but it's still a lot of fun'

Fans were sure to post on Twitter what they thought. One wrote: ‘It’s no GBBO but it’s still a lot of fun’

Eyes on the prize: Comparing it to her former show, she went on to explain how she thinks it’s become too complex, and taken things away from the basics of baking

When Mary left the Bake Off in 2016 – after Love Productions inked a multi-million pound deal to transfer the show to Channel 4 – hosts of the series Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins followed suit, all pledging allegiance to the BBC and devastating fans.

But despite initial panic and uproar from fans, the series has proven a hit on the rival network, with replacement judge Prue and hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding sitting more-that-comfortably with fans.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Best Home Cook will air its first episode on BBC One on Thursday evening at 8PM, hosted by Claudia Winkleman.

Success: Despite initial panic and uproar from fans, the series has proven a hit on the rival network, with replacement judge Prue and hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding sitting more-that-comfortably with fans

Success: Despite initial panic and uproar from fans, the series has proven a hit on the rival network, with replacement judge Prue and hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding sitting more-that-comfortably with fans

Success: Despite initial panic and uproar from fans, the series has proven a hit on the rival network, with replacement judge Prue and hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding sitting more-that-comfortably with fans

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