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Modern cookery is ‘poncey’ and ‘chefy’ – Delia Smith

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    Delia Smith holding up her honour at Buckingham PalaceImage copyright PA
    Image caption Delia Smith said she was tired of chefs serving up “theatre on a plate”

    Modern cookery has become “poncey” and too “chefy”, celebrity cook and TV presenter Delia Smith has said.

    Speaking after she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour at Buckingham Palace, Smith said she viewed the current trend of “theatre on a plate” with distaste.

    “If I get one more plate put in front of me with six dots of sauce on it, I will go mad,” she added.

    The 76-year-old said she was “deeply, deeply honoured” to receive her award.

    “Over the years I had such a wonderful response from people – in a way their response to what I was trying to do was what spurred me on do it,” she said.

    “I think it [the award] belongs to them as well.”

    Focus on flavour

    Speaking afterwards, Smith said: “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 added: “I don’t like it at all.”

    She said she believed the focus of cooking should be on the flavours and ingredients – not the appearance of the food.

    “Cooking has become very poncey, very chefy,” she added.

    Image copyright PA
    Image caption Smith began her TV career in 1973 as presenter of a BBC One series called Family Fare

    Smith said she believed the quality of food was also suffering through mass production.

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    “Now people just want to tear out the breasts of chickens and ducks, they don’t want the rest,” she added.

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