DELIA Smith has said she thinks cooking has become "very poncy, very chefy", as she also revealed she does not like or enjoy the current trend for "theatre on a plate".
The veteran TV presenter was speaking after she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to cookery, at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
Pressed on whether there are currently any food fads or cooking techniques which she dislikes, having written many cookbooks throughout her career, she admitted there are.
She said: "Cooking has become very poncy, very chefy - if I get one more plate put in front of me with six dots of sauce on it, I will go mad.
"The joy, years ago, of going to a really special restaurant and having a really special meal, has gone.
"It is very hard to find one that isn't trying to be theatre on a plate ... I don't like it at all."
Stressing that the focus of cooking should be on flavoursome ingredients, she said she would rather eat meat once a month but with "all the flavour it should have", and that food quality is suffering through mass production.
She added: "The mass production takes away the real flavour - now people just want to tear out the breasts of chickens and ducks, they don't want the rest."