Zena Skinner

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Zena Skinner
Born(1927-02-27)27 February 1927
Died6 March 2018(2018-03-06) (aged 91)
OccupationTelevision presenter, chef, writer

Zena Skinner (27 February 1927 – 6 March 2018) was a British chef, writer, and cookery expert on television and radio.[1]

Skinner was born in Luton, and served in the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II.[2] After the war, she worked as a demonstrator at the Eastern Electricity Board showroom in Royston.

Her first TV appearance was in 1959. She presented cookery programmes for the BBC and, later, Channel 4.[2] She also contributed to the Radio Times, and wrote several cookery books.

Skinner appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs, on 3 March 1969.[3] She founded a charity, Keech Hospice Care, in Luton and raised funds for it.[4]

Skinner died on 6 March 2018, aged 91.[4]


  1. ^ Benedict, David (7 September 1998). "Here's something I prepared earlier". The Independent. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ansell, Frazer (24 April 2013). "TV chef entertains Garston pensioners". Watford Observer. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Zena Skinner". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Zena Skinner, TV chef and author, dies". BBC News. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.