Celebrity food writer, Mary Berry, and TV chef, Paul Hollywood, are smack dab in the middle of a scorching feud, and no … it wasn’t cooked up by publicists seeking attention for the two, as it seems to be getting uglier by the day.
The two worked together on the reality based food show, Great British Bake-Off and seemed to work well in unison during the show’s run, but things have turned sub-zero, and in the blink of an eye it seems.
What went wrong?
As it seems, this is only but a case of solidarity on the part of Mary Berry, deciding to support her fellow lady, Hollywood’s ex-wife, Alexandra, as she feels that her former cast mate and co-worker has treated her unfairly and unjustly after their divorce.
Paul Hollywood was ousted by reporters during the show’s run—the tail end of it—when he was photographed with that season’s winner in a much too personal interaction. After dismissing the photo, he was yet again caught with another woman. Needless to say, he had a string of affairs, which he apologized for. But, the apologies would do no good and his marriage was severed after one too many transgressions.
That would seemingly have been the end of the whole affair, but as it turns out, the controversy was still ahead for Paul, his ex-wife and Mary Berry.
Paul Hollywood learned the baking trade under his father’s tutelage and went on to work as head baker in some of Britain’s greatest hotels and restaurants. He found fame shortly after making a few television spots in his native country.
Mary Berry studied the cooking trade at the renowned Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in France at the age of 21. She went on to work the line in many kitchens and started writing about the food industry soon after. Her writings garnered her some attention and she became a celebrity food writer quite quickly, which secured her a spot on the hit show she starred in alongside her old friend, Hollywood.
The public realized something was amiss between the two when at a recent event together, she refused to pose with Hollywood for pictures. It was then understood that she was unhappy with his treatment of his ex-wife, Alexandra.
And an act of solidarity it may in fact be, as pretty52.com reported, Mary is extremely close to Paul’s ex-wife and she is rather fumed at the fact that he’s dating a 23 year old woman now. But also according to the same reports, the reasons for the feud may go deeper than that ...
As it turns out, Hollywood moved to channel 4 without her, and she claimed that it showed a “lack of character.” Do I sense a bit of jealousy in the air? Who's to say, really?
The exact nature of why Berry is upset with her old co-star is unclear as of press time. Is it really because he has started a relationship with a younger woman, or ... is she jealous that he is moving on with his career?
Looks like we'll have to keep an eye on this one.
Sources: wikipedia, dailymail, pretty 52