Posted: April 3, 2012

Delia Smith’s conservatory tells us something about her

The conservatory that Delia Smith cooks in tells us something about the attitude she projects, according to a blogger.

Julia Raeside wrote in The Guardian TV & Radio Blog that all celebrity chefs can be judged to a certain extent from the background to their cooking, from Jamie Oliver’s flat on ‘The Naked Chef’ to the tiny space used by Rachel Khoo in ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’.

When it comes to Delia, Ms Raeside suggested her conservatory is something of a status symbol, which may be treated as welcome praise for those who have their own glass extension with conservatory blinds.

“She’s letting you know she’s done quite well for herself but she’s also not too posh to get down on her hands and knees in the vegetable patch just visible through the window,” she said.

In contrast, someone like Heston Blumenthal will tend to create a sort of “science lab” atmosphere in his cooking space, which is stripped of the decorative pots that feature in many other kitchens.

Despite having been in the public eye since the 1970s, 70-year-old Delia continues to exert a real influence on the modern cooking sphere; with the launch of her recipes causing significant ripples among retailers.

According to the Reading Post, the joint majority shareholder at Norwich City FC unveiled a new chicken recipe last month and Waitrose saw a 3,500 per cent year-on-year rise in sales of chickens – such is her influence upon Britain.

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