TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright dies aged 66

17 March 2014 by
TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright dies aged 66

TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, former presenter of BBC programme Two Fat Ladies with the late Jennifer Paterson, has died aged 66.

Dickson Wright, who was from St John's Wood in London, died in Edinburgh on Saturday, according to the BBC.

Reportedly fired from the bar for practising without chambers, Dickson Wright took on a variety of jobs â€' including a chef at a drinking club in St James' place, a cook-housekeeper in Sussex and a manager of a cook book shop in Portobello Road.

She then moved to Edinburgh, where she managed another cookery book shop before being approached to make a pilot TV programme for the BBC.

The series Two Fat Ladies was commissioned for BBC Two, and became well-known for the women's matter-of-fact style and travels around the country on a motorbike with a side car.

The show ran successfully from 1994 to 1999, until Paterson's death, after which Dickson Wright went on to present several programmes on her own, and published an autobiography in 2007.

According to" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">The Scotsman newspaper, next year would have marked her 27th year since giving up alcohol.

A statement from Dickson Wright's agency confirmed her death and said: "Loved dearly by her friends and many fans all over the world, Clarissa was utterly non-PC and fought for what she believed in, always, with no thought to her own personal cost.

"Her fun and laughter, extraordinary learning and intelligence, will be missed always, by so many of us."

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