The 81-year-old looked shocked when she won the award after going up against Nicole Scherzinger, Simon Cowell and David Walliams, and adorably accepted her award from two of the children from Gogglebox. Punching the air with happiness, she spoke fondly of judging Great British Bake Off. "I'm thrilled," she said. "I love judging, it has always been a great honour. I think I know how to bake, and I love telling people how to do it a little better next time. I love judging, it has always been a great honour. I think I know how to bake, and I love telling people how to do it a little better next time."
Mary was shocked at the news
Fans were quick to tweet about the sweet moment, with one writing: "Oh that's absolutely lovely for Mary Berry that's she's won at the #NTAS And a standing ovation! She is a #NationalTreasure #GBBO." Another added: "Why is Mary Berry not sitting on a throne at the #NTAS?? Absolute queen." Scarlett Moffatt also revealed her delight at meeting the food writer behind-the-scenes. Sharing a photo of herself with Mary, she wrote: "Meeting Mary Berry in my tiger slippers was one of the best moments of my life."
Mary punched the air with joy
Former finalist Holly Bell opened up about how Mary would help her baking on the set of Great British Bake Off, telling HELLO! Online: "She is so sweet, she was always helping me while I was baking – she would even get told off for it! The show will be different with Mary, but she is 81 and everyone deserves to retire at some point. I think replacing her is a really hard act to follow though. I wouldn't want to do it!"