We asked you to tell us who your favourite TV chef was, and gave you five suggested names, with the option of commenting to let us know of your own personal favourite if they hadn’t been listed.
It wasn’t too much of a surprise that cockney cheeky chappie Jamie Oliver came top. Hmm, not a personal favourite of mine, though I do have a couple of his books. I find his TV programmes a bit superficial, and there’s too much about his cool lifestyle and not enough about the food for my liking.
You can see who came second, too. Grr! It was a bit of a shock that Mrs Smith rated so highly. As I commented, this site is most definitely Not Delia, and I wouldn’t have expected enough of her fans to be visiting and voting to make a difference. I can only imagine it’s because people were searching for recipes by Delia and looked at the results for Not Delia instead.
Keith Floyd, who wasn’t specifically named in the poll, got the most frequent mentions in the “other” category. I’m not too surprised by that as he was probably the first TV chef to get out of the kitchen and go out and about – his programmes were as much about local culture and the provenance of good ingredients as they were about cooking food.
Is there anyone you can’t believe didn’t get a mention? Comments are still open – please tell us all about your favourites!