Route to the top

Mary-Rosa Alleyne Berry is a food writer and television presenter. Berry’s first job consisted of conducting home visits to show new customers how to use their electric ovens. At the age of 22, she worked at the Dutch Dairy Bureau, while taking various evening courses. She then left to become a recipe tester for PR firm Benson’s, and has since cooked for a range of food-related bodies, including the Egg Council and the Flour Advisory Board. She has also been a food editor for Housewife and Ideal Home, during which she also published her first cookbook, The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook. Since 2010, she has been one of the judges on The Great British Bake Off and last year she began presenting a new series, Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites.

Key achievements

-Berry was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012.
-She launched her own product range in 1994 with her daughter Annabel.
-Berry has written more than 70 cookbooks during her career.

Lessons for your store

1 Follow your passion – it was Berry’s pursuit of her interests, not her career that helped make her successful
2 Include family in your work – Berry says it’s her children who inspire her to cook and appear on TV
3 You’re never too old to work and play – even at 79 Berry is still appearing on TV shows, cooking and partying in Ibiza