Cook­ing is ‘poncy the­atre on plate’

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY GE­ORGINA STUBBS

Delia Smith has said she thinks cook­ing has be­come “very poncy, very chefy”, as she also re­vealed she does not like or en­joy the cur­rent trend for “the­atre on a plate”.

The vet­eran TV pre­sen­ter, 76, was speak­ing af­ter she was made a mem­ber of the Order of the Com­pan­ions of Hon­our for ser­vices to cook­ery.

Pressed on whether there are cur­rently any food fads or cook­ing tech­niques which she dis­likes, hav­ing writ­ten many cook­books through­out her ca­reer, she ad­mit­ted there are.

“Cook­ing has be­come very poncy, very chefy – if I get one more plate put in front of me with six dots of sauce on it, I will go mad,” she said.

“I can’t do it, I just can’t do it. The joy, years ago, of go­ing to a re­ally special res­tau­rant and hav­ing a re­ally special meal, has gone.

“It is very hard to find one that isn’t try­ing to be the­atre on a plate.”

She said she would rather eat meat once a month but with “all the flavour it should have.”

Delia Smith at the palace

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