Delia Smith has said she will never make another television programme because she was fed up with having to “entertain” rather than teach people how to cook.
Delia Smith during filming of one of her early cookery programmes (Rex)
The chef, who has sold 21 million books throughout her career, said that she would launch the Delia Online Cookery School later this month – aimed at people who use a computer in their kitchen and want a step-by-step guide to baking cakes, for example.
She said it was “the best way to teach people to cook”. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s better than television or live demonstration.”
Her retirement is likely to upset her legion of fans, many of whom see her as an antidote to the lifestyle-driven shows presented by younger chefs.
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