Saturday 3 December 2016

Berry turns up heat in deep-fat fryer row

Sherna Noah

Published 30/08/2016 | 02:30

Mary Berry has stuck by her comments, telling the BBC Radio 4 that deep-fat fryers are dangerous because they cause fires as well as being detrimental to health. Photo: Ian West
Mary Berry has stuck by her comments, telling the BBC Radio 4 that deep-fat fryers are dangerous because they cause fires as well as being detrimental to health. Photo: Ian West

Mary Berry has defended her opposition to deep-fat fryers after her comments sparked indignation from MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace.

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Berry, 81, provoked controversy when she told a magazine that "I don't think any household should have a deep-fat fryer", while also speaking out against children drinking fizzy drinks.

Wallace responded by saying that the Great British Bake Off veteran's opposition to the deep-fat fryer is "an attack on our British way of life".

Now Berry has stuck by her comments, telling the BBC Radio 4 that deep-fat fryers are dangerous because they cause fires as well as being detrimental to health.

"I have never, on any of my programmes, ever used a deep-fat fryer," she said.

"Nowadays everybody eats in the kitchen, I know we do, and I certainly don't want the smell of frying while I'm eating.

"So we do have oven chips from time to time when the grandchildren come - give them a treat - but I usually do things in the oven rather than frying. I think it's unhealthy as well."

Wallace blasted fellow BBC star Berry, stating: "Our nation was built on chips and spam fritters ... I love Mary dearly but this is an attack on our British way of life."

Berry is back on screen with fellow judge Paul Hollywood in the new series of Bake Off as another group of cake-loving hopefuls see whether they can stand the heat of the kitchen.

Irish Independent

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