LONDON: Norwich Citys return to the Premier League is a personal triumph for club director Delia Smith, a woman who made a fortune teaching Britons simple recipes for success in the kitchen.
Smith, whose most famous book is called simply How to Cook, once explained on television the best way to boil an egg.
She sparked a nationwide debate in 2003 by saying she would quit cookery writing to concentrate fully on Norwich City, a club she helped rescue from bankruptcy.
Majority shareholder with her husband Michael Wynn Jones, and a director since 1996, Smith runs two restaurants at the 'Canaries ground and cracked open the champagne on Wednesday when Norwich sealed promotion from the First Division.
Im totally overwhelmed, said Smith, who has invested about £7mil (US$12.4mil) in the club. Were both absolutely thrilled.
Norwich reached the Premier League without kicking a ball after rivals Sunderland had their goalkeeper sent off and slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.
Norwich, relegated from the money-spinning top flight in 1995, lead the table with 85 points and just four games left. They cannot be denied one of the two automatic promotion slots and are well-positioned to become champions. Reuters