Television chef Jennifer Paterson — one half of the hit British cooking duo Two Fat Ladies — died Tuesday of lung cancer, the BBC said.
Paterson, 71, and co-presenter Clarissa Dickson Wright wrote four cookbooks, and their BBC series “Two Fat Ladies” was syndicated in 10 countries, including the U.S.
Loud, funny and unashamedly corpulent, the chain-smoking Paterson and her equally portly partner were famous for their eccentric culinary antics and road trips in their motorcycle and sidecar. Most recently, Paterson and Dickson Wright emerged as cult figures on U.S. television, who contrasted markedly with tamer TV chefs.
“Jennifer was a good friend, a great trooper and a constant source of surprise,” Dickson Wright said.
Rejecting the pretensions of haute cuisine, Paterson and Dickson Wright dipped into treacle tarts, streaky bacon and deviled kidneys without regard to calories, cholesterol or arteries.
Paterson, who got her start cooking lunches for the literary famous of British magazine the Spectator, was regularly seen around London on her Honda motorbike. But viewers knew her best on the trusty Triumph Thunderbird with Dickson Wright riding its Watsonian sidecar.