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Delia Smith to be honoured with BAFTA special award

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Delia Smith will be celebrated with a special BAFTA award next month at a tribute event to mark her outstanding contribution to television cookery and services to broadcasting.

'A BAFTA Tribute: Delia Smith' will mark Smith's 40th year in TV.

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"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," said BAFTA TV committee chair Andrew Newman.

"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."

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!"

Smith began her TV career in 1973 on BBC One's Family Fare and went on to front shows including Delia Smith's Cookery Course and her How To Cook series.

She has sold over 21 million books worldwide and launched her own online cookery school Delia Online earlier this year.

The event takes place on Tuesday, April 30 at BAFTA headquarters.

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