Arts and Entertainment Celebrity MasterChef winner Ade Edmondson

Spoiler alert: The Young Ones and Bottom actor Ade Edmondson has been crowned the winner of Celebrity MasterChef after serving up a "mindblowing" menu.

Football: England seek revenge and glory days: Venison is Venables' surprise debutant in a game the players, rather than the coach, cannot afford to lose

ALTHOUGH Alexi Lalas may walk out for the United States at Wembley tonight whispering 'Wow, Bruce Springsteen played here', the guitar-playing defender's colleagues are likely to be thinking more of Puskas, Charlton and Beckenbauer.

Football: Venison for the main course

INTERESTING bloke, Terry Venables. He has got this great gift of plausibility. Having made the recall of John Barnes - which was both unpredicted and unpopular - sound like the most obvious thing in the world, he may now be working on a justification for giving Barry Venison his international debut against the United States next week.

Food and Drink: A feast justifies the joint effort: We have lost the habit of Sunday lunch, so now it can become a special treat

SUNDAY LUNCH with a capital L and all the trimmings has been forced to change with the times. Traditionalists and butchers may mourn a national institution's loss of status, but in fact it is a great liberation: given an occasional airing, it can be appreciated in its original glory.

Country Matters: Sika and muntjac roam with the roe

THIS WEEKEND members of the British Deer Society are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their organisation with a modest jamboree at Blair Castle, the high, white, turreted home of the Duke of Atholl in Perthshire. No more suitable site could have been arranged, for Atholl is one of the most celebrated deer forests in Scotland, and the castle is packed with mementoes of the chase.

Peking duck

China claimed a scientific breakthrough yesterday when it reported that a researcher had artificially bred the world's first eggless duck, Reuter reports from Peking.

The new merchants of venison: What is to be done about the glut of wild red deer? Joanna Blythman reports on supermarket plans to persuade us to eat their healthy meat

VENISON has an image problem. It conjures up images of the sporty rich tucking into joints they have just shot on some chum's estate. Many people have never eaten venison; even fewer have eaten a prime saddle of roe or sika, the two most prized types of the meat. But could it be that venison's time has come? It is healthy. It seems to be green. And now it has a powerful advocate in a major supermarket chain.

Country Matters: The benefits of eating Bambi

FOR several hunded years deer parks have been a key feature of the British landscape. Originally the hunting preserves of monarchs, designed to provide sport for the royal household, they became highly valued - in the days before any form of preservation was available - as reservoirs of meat on the hoof, available all the year round.
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