A tribute to our cookery stalwart!

 A tribute to our cookery stalwart!

It was announced by her family yesterday that the woman widely considered to be the first celebrity chef, Marguerite Patten died on the 4th June aged 99, "from an illness stoically borne".

She will be remembered for many things but most-notably how she taught the country how to make the most of its rations during World War Two. Hosting her first TV cookery show on the BBC in 1947 Marguerite presented the nation with recipes using powdered egg and tinned spam!
Born Marguerite Brown, in Bath, she first learned to cook for her family, aged 13, after her father died and her mother had to return to work.
She worked as a home economist at the Eastern Electricity Board, as an actress in repertory theatre, and a promoter of the Frigidaire refrigerator brand.

During World War Two, her cookery ideas were broadcast on the BBC radio programme Kitchen Front.
She was a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour programme from 1946 and made her final appearance in 2011. She regularly appeared as a guest on both Masterchef and Ready Steady Cook in her later years.

Marguerite famously refused to describe herself as a celebrity chef, telling one interviewer: "I am not.To the day I die, I will be a home economist."
She  had countless TV and radio shows and was a cookery writer for Yours magazine for many years. She was awarded an OBE for services to the "art of cookery" in 1991 before becoming a CBE in 2010.

Marguerite suffered a stroke in 2011,  which left her unable to speak. Her daughter Judith said she had brought her mother her favourite homemade baked custard almost every day in the four years since her stroke. "Thankfully before she died she had enjoyed one of my better ones with pureed raspberry and pureed baked apple."

Among those to pay tribute to her were two hosts of BBC Woman's Hour, a tribute will be broadcast on the show today.