Marguerite Pattern

Marguerite born 1915 became a home economist for the Ministry of Food during World War II. She provided ideas for rationed food and became well known when her ideas were broadcast on BBC radio in a programme called Kitchen Front and a show entitled Woman’s Hour.

Following on from this she went to work at Harrods for their Ministry of Food Advice Bureau, where she worked giving demonstrations on cooking and household appliances.

Her first TV cookery show began in the late 1940s and she continued to present on television for many years. Her work started with a show called Designed for Women and continued to the 21st Century with Carlton’s show Taste.

Marguerite has written over 100 books spanning an vast range. She has written several books with recipes to benefit health such as her recent book entitled ‘Eat to Beat Arthritis’.

My brief synopsis of Marguerite and her work does not do justice to her prolific career. Many call her the first ‘celebrity chef’ and you will find her recipe books on the shelves of many grandparents. At over 90 Jamie Oliver claims Marguerite as a close friend and she worked with him on his school dinner campaign. All in all a very impressive lady!

Photography taken from The Daily Mail.

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