City director honoured for career
EVERYONE at Norwich City Football Club would like to congratulate joint majority shareholder and director Delia Smith on her achievement of being awarded by BAFTA.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) presented Delia with a BAFTA Special Award during a tribute event last night at their headquarters in London. The Award is in honour of Delia’s outstanding contribution to television cookery and services to broadcasting over the last 40 years.
Andrew Newman, Chair of BAFTA’s Television Committee, said: “Delia Smith is one of the most influential voices in television cookery and has played an important role in not only pioneering the genre in television but also shaping the perception of cooking in the nation’s consciousness.
“Delia was the first TV cook to be recognised by her first name alone and her achievements have paved the way for today’s cooking programmes and formats. It is unlikely that Jamie, Nigella, Gordon, The Hairy Bikers, and much-loved competitions such as The Great British Bake Off or Masterchef would have happened without her contribution,” he added.
On hearing the news, Delia Smith said: "After the initial shock, I’m very proud to receive this honour from BAFTA as I've been a passionate movie buff ever since I was a small child, and television broadcasting has been a huge part of my life. So thank you so much BAFTA!"
Delia Smith began her TV career in 1973 as presenter of a new BBC One series entitled Family Fare. Her first cookery book How to Cheat at Cooking had been published in 1971 and, several books later, Delia approached the BBC with the idea for their first televised cookery course. The result, Delia Smith’s Cookery Course Part One, was broadcast in 1978, followed by Part Two in 1980 and Part Three in 1981.
Delia’s later series for the BBC have included One is Fun in 1991, Delia’s How to Cook, which ran for three series between 1998 and 2002, and Delia’s Classic Christmas, which gained an audience of nearly 4 million in December 2009, and marked her first Christmas programme for nearly 20 years.
Delia Smith has sold over 21 million books worldwide. Her latest book, Delia’s Cakes , was launched in February this year with an online cookery school on the Delia Online website.