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Delia Smith biography and information
Delia Smith was born in Woking, Surrey, and left school at 16 without any qualifications. She tried out hairdressing, being a shop assistant, and working for a travel agency before getting a job in a tiny restaurant called The Singing Chef in Paddington at the age of 21. She worked her way from washing-up to being able to do actual cooking, reading recipe books at the British Museum in her spare time.
Smith was taken on as a cookery writer for the Daily Mirror's new magazine in 1969. In 1972, she began writing a column for the Evening Standard, and continued doing so for 12 years. It was during this time that she began hosting cookery shows on television.
Smith's 1998 television series, Delia's How to Cook, caused a 10 percent increase in egg sales, coining the term the "Delia Effect"--describing a run on a previously underselling product recommended by a high-profile face. This was seen again with her 2008 book, How to Cheat at Cooking.
Book and writing awards
CBE (2009) in recognition of her contribution to television cookery and recipe writing.