Crafty cook Michael Barry dies

Michael Bukht – otherwise known as Michael Barry, the “crafty cook” – has died at the age of 69.

Crafty cook Michael Barry dies

Under his pseudonym, Bukht was known to millions as a presenter on BBC2 television’s highly-popular Food and Drink series, along with Chris Kelly and Jilly Goolden, during the 1980s and 90s.

He performed the role of chef on the programmes, demonstrating the cooking of dishes and handing out “crafty” tips to viewers, and he wrote several cookery books.

Bukht studied history at King’s College London and began his long and varied career in television and radio in 1963 as a BBC trainee.

He co-founded the Classic FM radio station in 1992, and was awarded an OBE in 1996.

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