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Veteran TV chef criticises embellished meals on modern cookery shows and says British home cooking must go back to basics

Delia Smith has criticised shows such as MasterChef for intimidating aspiring cooks, and claims the country has lost its grip on home cooking.

Smith, 71, who recently announced her retirement from broadcasting after 40 years as one of the UK's leading TV chefs and has launched an online cookery school, said one of the reasons for starting the new venture was that "nobody teaches people how to cook any more".

She also has harsh words for modern cookery shows in an interview in the latest issue of Radio Times, published on Tuesday, saying they presented food as theatre instead of teaching the basics.

Asked by the listings magazine whether she worried that shows such as MasterChef intimidated rather than inspired, Smith said: "Yes, I would never be a judge on that. They »

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