Legendary U.K. Celebrity Chef Delia Smith Is Quitting TV

Grilled steaks vs. high stakes.
Grilled steaks vs. high stakes. Photo: Delia Smith Online

Celebrity chef Delia Smith, who has hosted more than a dozen television shows and sold more than 21 million books since beginning her career in the early seventies, announced she will quit television, explaining that she can no longer bring the pizazz or muster the drama now commonly associated with competitive cooking shows. “If you do a TV program now,” she said, “it’s got to entertain.” Smith will instead turn her focus to a recently launched online cooking school. [Reuters]