It is a common pronunciation mistake made in coffee shops across Britain, which to Italians sounds as annoying as nails on a chalkboard – and even Mary Berry is not immune.
The television chef has angered Italian chefs, who have instructed her to learn the language properly and accused her of being “cringey” after she pronounced “espresso” as “expresso”.
In her new BBC Two series which begins next week, Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking, Berry visits Rome for the first time.
Staging a cookery demonstration on a rooftop, she tells the audience: “I’m going to make you one of my favourite things: bruschetta.” She pronounces it “broo-shetta”.
She admits it is “not a classic” recipe but her own, using a…