Veteran British actress Dame Helen Mirren was left red-faced during a trip to a top London cookery school this week (beg01Sep14) when she tried to flip a pancake and dropped it.

The Oscar winner plays a fiery restaurant owner in her new movie The Hundred-Foot Journey, and she promoted the film with a trip to the famed Le Cordon Bleu school in Bloomsbury on Tuesday (02Sep14).

Mirren donned a chef's hat and whisked up a pancake, but she was snapped blushing and covering her mouth with her hand after attempting to flip the sweet treat in a frying pan but dropping it all over the work surface instead.

The blunder was doubly embarrassing for the actress as it happened in front of her grinning co-stars in the new movie.