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UK: Two Fat Ladies chef embroiled in race row after claiming visit to Muslim area of Leicester was ‘the most frightening experience of her life’


Two Fat Ladies chef embroiled in race row after claiming visit to Muslim area of Leicester was ‘the most frightening experience of her life’

  • Chef was ‘surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English’
  • She describes visit to the ‘ghetto’ after getting lost in traffic and found herself ‘in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing’
  • But she says there’s an upside — she’s thankful for the large number of Asian restaurants in the city as ‘you can eat excellent curry’ there
  • Her comments were criticised by the Muslim Council of Britain and the city’s mayor, who claims her account ‘may help sell books but it is cheap’

     

By Niamh O’doherty

PUBLISHED: 13:23, 16 November 2012 | Daily Mail

Clarissa Dickson Wright said visiting the city made her feel like a pariah and an outcast Clarissa Dickson Wright said visiting the city made her feel like a pariah and an outcast

Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has caused outrage after claiming that visiting a Muslim area of Leicester was ‘the most frightening experience of her life’.

Writing in her new book, Clarissa’s England, she said visiting the city — which has a large Asian population — made her feel like a ‘pariah and an outcast in the middle of my own country.’

And when questioned on her description by a local newspaper, she fumed: ‘I’m surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English.’

But the overweight chef adds that there’s an ‘upside’ to everything — and is at least thankful for the large number of Asian restaurants in the city.

Her description of the town has caused outrage.

The Two Fat Ladies chef dedicates a chapter of Clarissa’s England: A Gamely Gallop Through the English Counties to each county in England, to discussing their culinary, cultural and historical merits.

On Leicestershire, she writes of the city’s ‘ghetto’.

She describes coming off the ring road to escape a traffic jam and becoming lost.

She wrote: ‘I found myself in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing and all the women were wearing burkas and walking slightly behind them.

‘None of the men would talk to me when I tried to find out where I was and how to get out of there because I was an English female and they don’t talk to females they don’t know, while if the women could speak English they weren’t about to show it by having a word with me.

‘I have many good acquaintances and even some friends among the Muslim community, yet here I was, in the heart of a city in the middle of my own country, a complete outcast and pariah.

‘If multiculturalism works, which I have always been rather dubious of, surely it must be multicultural and not monocultural.

‘However, everything has an upside and one of the results of this is that Leicester has a very good selection of Asian restaurants.

‘I can only hope that in generations to come there will be a merging of the cultures and not the exclusion zone that is the ghetto.’

Clarissa Dickson Wright's description of the town, pictured, has caused outrage. When contacted by a local newspaper, the chef said she was surprised any of the people who might object could read what she wrote as it was written in EnglishClarissa Dickson Wright’s description of the town, pictured, has caused outrage. When contacted by a local newspaper, the chef said she was surprised any of the people who might object could read what she wrote as it was written in English

Ibrahim Mogra, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, and a city imam, said: ‘How can she judge an entire community on her one-off rare time of getting lost in Leicester?

The Two Fat Ladies chef dedicated a chapter of her new book to Leicestershire, where she wrote of the city's 'ghetto'The Two Fat Ladies chef dedicated a chapter of her new book to Leicestershire, where she wrote of the city’s ‘ghetto’

‘I find it very hurtful to read because everybody is working so hard to create a peaceful and happy Leicester.

‘It showed a complete lack of appreciation of the fact we are almost two million in this country, doing our bit for our country.

‘When she says that she was in the ‘centre of a city in the centre of her own country, I take objection. This is also my country and this is also my city.

‘I would like to call on Leicester people to be even more welcoming and hospitable than we’ve been so far.’

Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: ‘That is the sort of thing that makes me very angry — when someone breezes in from outside and paints a picture of Leicester that does not have any foundation in reality.

‘It may help sell books but it is cheap.’

The book, which was published in September, claims to be ‘as much an entertaining narrative as it is a travel companion’.

‘Clarissa’s England will amuse, enlighten, surprise and delight all those who read it,’ reads the blurb.

When contacted by local newspaper The Leicester Mercury, the chef, who lives in Edinburgh, said: ‘I’m surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English.

The chef describes coming off the ring road to escape a traffic jam and becoming lost in Leicester, pictured, where she says she found herself in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing The chef describes coming off the ring road to escape a traffic jam and becoming lost in Leicester, pictured, where she says she found herself in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing

‘When you get to 65, you will think back on this conversation and I think you might find yourself in my frame of mind.”

‘Visiting Leicester scared me and I am not scared easy. It frightened me because it was part of my country that I was born in and there are a lot of radical Muslim preachers in this country.

‘I was in London when the July 7 bomb attacks happened and this, to me, was proof for those people who have been saying we’re getting ghettoisation of Muslim areas.

‘I have never believed that political correctness was a reason not to say what I have experienced.’

She said she had ‘done a lot’ for Leicestershire, campaigning for the protected geographical status of Melton pork pies and Stilton.

‘THE EXCLUSION ZONE THAT IS THE GHETTO’

 In her book Clarissa’s England, the chef describes her visit to Leicester.

‘I had one of the most frightening adventures of my life there. I turned off the ring road because there had been a car crash and I wanted to avoid being stuck in traffic, and soon found myself lost. I couldn’t tell you where I was but it was not terribly far from the city centre.

‘As we know, Leicester has a very high Asian Muslim population and I found myself in an area where all the men were wearing Islamic clothing and all the women were wearing burkas and walking slightly behind them.

‘None of the men would talk to me when I tried to find out where I was and how to get out of there because I was an English female and they don’t talk to females they don’t know, while if the women could speak English they weren’t about to show it by having a word with me.

‘Eventually I had to stop at a newsagents and the only way I could discover my location was to buy a map of the city. Somebody, very reluctantly, pointed to where I was and then I had to work out the rest for myself.

‘I am not a particular admirer of Islam or indeed, I should add, almost any other religion, but I have many good acquaintances and even some friends among the Muslim community, yet here I was in the heart of city in the middle of my own country a complete outcast and pariah.

‘If multiculturalism works, which I have always been rather dubious of, surely it must be multicultural and not monocultural. I just wanted to relate this to you because I think you ought to be aware of such things.

‘However, everything has an upside and one of the results of this is that Leicester has a very good selection of Asian restaurants where you can eat excellent curry.

‘The city also has a thriving market attended by farmers from the local countryside and quite a number from the Asian community too, who sell not only herbs and spices and Asian vegetables but also delicious ready-made goods.

‘So thinking back to the East End of London of my childhood, I can only hope that in generations to come there will be a merging of the cultures and not the exclusion zone that is the ghetto.’

Two Fat Ladies presenters Clarissa Dickson Wright, left, and the late Jennifer Patterson, who died in 1999 Two Fat Ladies presenters Clarissa Dickson Wright, left, and the late Jennifer Patterson, who died in 1999

8 thoughts on “UK: Two Fat Ladies chef embroiled in race row after claiming visit to Muslim area of Leicester was ‘the most frightening experience of her life’

  1. .
    Good on you say it how it is the truth and forget the cowards that want to silence of you because they live side by side and are appeasers and enablers of these ghetto situations.

  2. Well said Clarissa — on the button
    David Cameron— Islam is a great religion– the man’s an idiot who knows nothing of islam

    • Sad thing Tommy he has to say that or all the votes will go to Labour furthering their cause do you not think he see, he hears, and lastly smells the truth. But to be honest now it is the public should I say the none Muslims does not know whom to vote for the TORYS are doing their best in this aready made state of Islam called the UK only some or a lot of us do not know it, for those that do then we do not seem to be able to put anything of real structure in place that will make a difference we are having free speech taken away we thiought the TORYS would end the Eu and make our own laws again but Cameron has lied to us that is the reason most of us voted them in we wanted to end immigration and stop the power Of Islam neither have happened and Mosque after Mosque is now being applied for with no new laws to say we have enough we want a prty in to ban islam in this country before it is too late.
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/tony-blair/9420909/Tony-Blair-The-West-is-asleep-on-the-issue-of-Islamist-extremism.html
      He is now trying put right what he caused you will go down in history has the biggest tratior the UK has ever known the complete ruination of a nation.

      Vote The british freedom Party. personally immgrate becuase this is now an unstoppable course we are on the majority are doing nothing apathy and confusion riegns they dio not know what to do about it which party to vote for when they all play the samr tune with a few different sentences here and there without a clear way to vote our selves out of it should not we be petioning in the millions saying no to Islam, not to immigration the ones there is no work should be going home not leeching of our country taking it down into the abss we are now heading for. You may think I ama dome mongere I wish this was true reseach the facts your selves we need to ne out doing hugh demos better to be brave now than forced to part of an Islamic state. But I guess most on this blog already know this.

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  4. Bigoted racist xenophobe. Disgusting woman yet she will get away with it.

    Leicester is safe and vibrant and our cultures have enriched the city with excellent community events and schooling

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