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January 2019: Get Fit on the North York Moors

January is the traditional month for regretting the excesses of December and promising yourself – and others – that this year you are definitely going ...More
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Keith Floyd

Tweed jacket, bow tie, enthusing about food with a large glass of red wine in one hand while the other gesticulated emphatically – that is the image conjured by Keith Floyd’s name for many of us. Four divorces, numerous failed projects, financial difficulties, yet his was still a life of immense fulfilment and value. Delia may appeal to the saint in us; Floyd to the sinner – his food philosophy was all fun and feasting. So raise a glass to junior army officer turned gastronome Keith Floyd, a proper British hero worth celebrating. And, jocularity and bonhomie aside the legacy Keith leaves is a very real one. As the only TV Cook worth watching for a decade Floydie almost single handedly turned the Nation on to food - go ask todays TV Chefs who inspired them - you will find the answer unanimous

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