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TV chef Delia Smith retires after 40 years

Popular TV chef, Delia Smith has announced her retirement after 40 years of gracing our screens. The 71-year-old will instead launch online tutorials, citing the "pressures to entertain" as a reason for retirement.

Delia Smith said:
"This is the future for me and the population. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s better than television or live demonstration. It’s miles ahead. If you do a TV programme now, it’s got to entertain.

"When I started, there was further education in the BBC; now you have to entertain. You have someone telling me I haven’t got time to show this, or I haven’t got time to show that."


She told the Radio Times that she had been approached by the BBC for a new series after she appeared in the Waitrose TV advertisements with Heston Blumenthal, but turned it down. Smith rose to fame in the 1970s with the How To Cook series.

This is not the first time that Delia Smith has retired. In 2003, she cited similar reasons but later reconsidered.


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