"I'm looking for something extra special."
Anne's day job as Vice Chairwoman of the Women's Institute sees her judging homemade food all over the country and she’d like to see the same very high standards from Food Glorious Food contestants. She says: "I do a lot of judging at county shows, W.I. shows and village shows. I actually taught cookery so I know what's right and wrong, that's what I’m doing here."
So what is Anne looking for in a winning dish? The experienced judge wants to see proper, thorough cooking and dishes made to a high standard. Anne says: "The main thing about judging food is that it tastes good. I consider appearance and how it's made too: I want to see good home cooking and I like to see people cooking from scratch and not relying on packets. I give people credit for producing their own pastry. If we're looking for perfection then we want everything made from scratch."
For Anne, sticking to traditional recipes is important and she would like to see a traditional dish end up on the shelves of Marks & Spencer. She says: "I'm very keen on traditional foods. I love roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and a champion Yorkshire maker has already impressed me in this competition. I'm hoping he'll let me have his recipe! We're a multicultural country but I think we should be looking for good, traditional food. Whatever wins has got to impress all the judges. We're looking for something extra special."
Anne's foodie beginnings came from her farming background.
"My parents were farmers and my father was killed in the Second World War. My mother didn't go out to work: she and my grandmother always cooked. In those days, you didn't go out to buy anything. I was always keen to have a go at cooking myself, I suppose I absorbed their knowledge and I've always been used to home cooked food. Later, I went to boarding school and excelled at what they called domestic science. That led me to teaching."
Despite her busy schedule of W.I. business that sees Anne travel all over the country, she still likes to bake and cook as much as possible and has some very strict views on baking. Anne says: "Buying biscuits is such a waste of money. With a bit of flour and sugar, you can make something very quickly. I'm not at home every day but I do still cook for my husband and son and I keep my freezer full. You know what they say, a way to a man's heart is through his stomach and, in the case of my husband, if he isn't fed, he gets bad tempered!"
However, even Anne confesses to having some help when she's pushed for time saying: "I do keep some ready-made meals in the freezer – but I'd only ever trust Marks & Spencer."