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UK celebrity chef Delia Smith hangs up her TV apron

Published on Feb 6, 2013 6:01 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Celebrity chef Delia Smith, who was inspired by the awfulness of British food, has decided to quit television, saying entertainment had overtaken education in modern cookery shows.

Smith, 71, the United Kingdom's best-selling cookery author with more than 21 million copies sold, told fans at a trade show that she was leaving TV after about 40 years to focus on a new venture, the Delia Online Cookery School.

The chef said she is still passionate about teaching people how to cook in a no-nonsense style but she wanted to work online with her followers who have coined the phrase "doing a Delia" to refer to preparing one of her recipes.

"This is the future for me and the population. It's miles ahead. If you do a TV programme now, it's got to entertain," Smith was quoted by the Telegraph newspaper as telling a question and answer session at a trade show in Birmingham to promote her bakeware range.

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