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Delia Smith sticks the knife into ‘poncey, chefy’ restaurants

Honoured by the Queen, much-loved UK cookery writer says too often she finds the joy has gone from eating out

Delia Smith has spent her career bringing simple cooking into the homes of millions of Britons, once famously instructing people on the best way to boil an egg. So it’s perhaps not surprising that for the veteran cook and TV presenter the joys of eating out have dissipated due to the culture of modern gastronomy.

Smith, whose no-nonsense cookbooks are still the go-to staple of many a kitchen, was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for her services to cookery.

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