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Rachel: Fight obesity by cooking like gran; Go back to the basics in the kitchen urges top chef.

Byline: SIOBHAN O'CONNOR EXCLUSIVE

RACHEL Allen has told how we need to go back to basics and cook like our grandparents to tackle obesity.

The Cork chef is celebrity judge on TV3's The Restaurant tonight at 9pm where rugby ace Donncha O'Callaghan is feeling the heat in the kitchen.

Rachel said: "Cooking something simple is going to be better any day than something processed, it really is.

"Start simple - a vegetable soup will be a million times better, anyone can do it if they follow a recipe.

"I'm not saying cooking is easy for everyone but if you start simple you can do it.

"It's a win win all round - think about our grandparents' era. Processed food did not exist so you had to cook back then, we need to go back to basics."

The 45-year old said previously that she wanted schools to introduce compulsory cooking. However, she insisted she's not Ireland's answer to Jamie Oliver.

She said: "I was asked in an interview if I thought it would be a good idea and I said yes.

"But I haven't started a campaign or anything like that because there are so many factors involved - staffing, financial.

"Wouldn't it be fantastic if we did have cooking in schools? But it's not quite as simple as that.

"If I was going to do it properly, I'd have to do all the research and talk to all the right people and I'm not in the process of doing that at the moment. Jamie Oliver had a huge amount to change when he was revolutionising the school dinners."

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