Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright in spotlight at signing
Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright was in Rutland at the weekend signing copies of her new book.
The chef was at Northfield Farm at Cold Overton, near Oakham, on Saturday – just days after Muslims had expressed upset at comments in her book about Leicester.
In her new book, the 65-year-old described a visit to the city "as one of the most frightening experiences of my life".
Ms Dickson Wright said she came off the ring road to escape a traffic jam and found herself lost in a part of the city she described as a "ghetto" where she felt like a "complete outcast".
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Ibrahim Mogra, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, described her comments as hurtful.
Ms Dickson Wright, who is a friend of the owners of Northfield Farm, was signing copies of her book Clarissa's England: A Gamely Gallop through the English Counties.
The chef and author was the star attraction at the farm's Christmas fair, where stall-holders were selling goods.
Ms Dickson Wright was invited to defend her views on BBC Radio Leicester on Friday and said: "I'm not going to apologise. I'm not saying it's entirely accurate for the whole of Leicester, but I am describing an experience I went through."