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Mary Berry has controversially named her favourite Bake Off contestant

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Don’t be fooled; The Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry might seem like a sweet and doting grandmother (complete with an array of delicious homemade cakes), but she’s also a badass businesswoman, a talented baker, and a seasoned TV star.

Still, though… we always assumed that she would point-blank refuse to play favourites when it comes to the Bake Off finalists.

Which is why we were very surprised when, after being quizzed about which series of the show was “the greatest”, she used it as an excuse to name-drop the contestant she loves the most.


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“The one that Nadiya won,” she said, without even pausing to think about it.

Yup, she picked Nadiya

Yup, she picked Nadiya

However, the award-winning TV star had a very good reason for ranking Nadiya above the likes of Candice Brown, John Whaite, and Frances Quinn.

“She had achieved so much,” Berry told Digital Spy.

“She was very young, and she’d worked very hard. And she had her family behind her.”


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We’re sure that Hussain will be moved to learn of Berry’s poignant tribute – particularly as she recently revealed that she can’t remember a thing about her emotional victory on the BBC One show.

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Hussain revealed that she “didn’t rehearse” her moving speech – and that she “cried for 30 minutes before saying anything”.

“I actually can’t remember the moment I won,” Hussain went on to say.

“All I remember is staring at my shoes and thinking that they needed to go in the washing machine because they were covered in icing sugar.

“I really didn’t think I would get to the final, let alone win.”


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While Hussain is Berry’s favourite, it seems as if the Queen of Cakes herself is the nation’s number one.

The cake-sampling legend was crowned Best TV Judge at the National TV Awards last night – and she seemed quite overcome by the honour, punching the air before collecting her gong.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Berry told audiences: “I love judging, it has always been a great honour.

“I think I know how to bake and I love telling people that, next time, do a little bit better. But the greatest reward is that all the young are baking!”

Berry added: “'Everybody is sitting down at 8pm, the whole family: gran, the baby in arms. There is no swearing, it's the best programme, and I'm so grateful, and thank you very much!'


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The win marks what will most likely be the last NTA for Berry, who stood down from her role as a judge on Bake Off due to its move from the BBC to Channel 4.

Despite this, she told reporters gathered at the event that she is very excited to watch the show when it airs later this year on the rival channel.

“Of course I’ll be seeing what they’re up to,” she said.

“And I want to see Paul Hollywood; we’re still great friends.”

Images: Rex pictures

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