CBE for television chef Delia Smith

THE doyenne of British cooking Delia Smith was awarded a CBE yesterday and described it as a tribute to all home chefs.

THE doyenne of British cooking Delia Smith was awarded a CBE yesterday and described it as a tribute to all home chefs.

Through her recipes and popular television programmes Delia, 68, who lives near Stowmarket, has become a culinary institution, teaching the nation to cook and bake for 40 years.

Her books - including Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course and How to Cheat at Cooking - have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

Speaking after receiving the honour from the Prince of Wales at a Buckingham Palace investiture she said: "There are so many people who do so much but to be picked out amongst them is a great honour.


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"I think the main thing is what my husband said, he said it's sort of a tribute to home cooks all over Britain.

"I still love cooking. I don't like it, like all of us, when you've done a hard day's work and got to rush home and get a meal on the table, then it's not much fun.

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"But if I've got nothing to do and can lock myself in the kitchen for a couple of hours with the radio on then I love it."

Delia, a majority shareholder at Norwich City, brought out her first recipe book, How to Cheat at Cooking, in 1971, and began her TV career two years later with a BBC series called Family Fare.

The first part of her Cookery Course was published in 1978 and was followed by two more instalments.

Delia has published many more cookbooks including volumes focusing on Christmas, summer and winter recipes, and the hugely popular How to Cook series.

The TV chef said she has made a one-hour Christmas special covering festive cooking which will be screened later in the year.

Delia was joined at the investiture by her husband, journalist and publisher Michael Wynn Jones, and mother, Etty Smith, 89.

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