Berry said she'd never consider writing a 'cooking for one' book, which many interpreted as her throwing shade at Delia.
The 80 year old was presenting a segment in which she was preparing to have some of her friends over for afternoon tea, baking in her kitchen when the apparent shade was thrown in Sunday night’s episode (March 6th).
“I love having a crowd. I’d never write a book ‘cooking for one’,” she said to the camera. A perfectly innocuous comment, you might think, but viewers quickly pounced upon the remark as evidence that Berry was criticising her fellow chef Delia, who wrote a cooking book called ‘One Is Fun’ three decades ago in 1986.
Mary Berry made the throwaway remark on Sunday's 'Foolproof Cooking'
“Did Mary Berry just burn Delia? “I’d never write a book, cooking for one”…,” pondered one fan on Twitter. “Mary Berry just threw massive shade at Delia,” another added.
One Delia fan seemed to take exception to the comment, writing “Mary Berry, I hope that wasn’t a dig at Delia. She might have written Cooking for One, but she has 27,000 friends round every fortnight!”
Did Mary Berry just burn Delia? "I'd never write a book, cooking for one"... pic.twitter.com/o8ENFxJdMF— Lady Gin (@rebecarendell) March 7, 2016
This was a reference to her involvement with Norwich City Football Club, the Premier League team in whom she was the majority shareholder for many years until recently, still maintaining a financial interest in them now.
74 year old Delia recently appeared on ITV, just a few days before Berry’s apparent throwdown, to talk about her own future, saying she was hoping to live to see her centenary. “I’m very lucky my mother lived to 105 and was playing bridge at 104, so if you’ve got strong genes and I’m so lucky to be offered these things to do. I’ve got a very tolerant husband and my family support me.”