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Shortly afterwards, she lunched with Jennifer Paterson, a cook and columnist at – she had a “eureka” moment when she saw Paterson speed off on a motorbike.

Launching BBC cooking programme in the Nineties, Llewellyn made household names of Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright. With her husband Ben Adler, she defied the odds in growing their company Optomen Productions, which was worth around £7m at the start of the 2008 recession, to nearly £60m in 2014.

She also launched the TV careers of Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, breaking the staid ways of old formats, revolutionising cookery on the small screen and inspiring a generation of gastronomically challenged men to try their hand at cooking. She once described her approach to picking presenters as “a weird mixture of gut feeling, liking people and common sense”.

Llewellyn said Oliver’s departure taught her a valuable business lesson, “not to put all your eggs in one basket”.

In 2004, she brought Gordon Ramsay to prominence on Channel 4 in , transforming him from a terrifying, swearing chef off-screen into an engaging, swearing one on camera, where he ‘“fixed” struggling restaurants.

These sexy, little beauties are super-fun to make, look amazing, loads of people will never have seen or enjoyed them before and the flavour combination here just cooks into the potatoes so, so well. To make this process as simple as possible, place a potato on a board between the handles of two wooden spoons, so that when you slice down into the potato the spoons stop the blade from going all the way through.

The fun and unique part of this side dish is that you need to slice multiple times through the potatoes, but – importantly – without going all the way through, giving you a kind of concertina-style potato.

Spoon the mix over the potatoes, making sure the fat gets down into the cuts you’ve made, then season with sea salt and black pepper.

Roast for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are golden and tender.

Patricia Llewellyn, who has died of breast cancer aged 55, was an award-winning TV producer, a singular presence in a work environment dominated by men.

She excelled at spotting fresh, if not necessarily obvious, talent and inventing new TV shows that became global hits.

Flushed with success, Llewellyn believed younger chefs were needed on TV; she spotted a young, fresh-faced Jamie Oliver chopping spinach in the background of a documentary about the River Café in London. Oliver soon became Optomen’s major earner, with spin-off books and secondary rights helping to keep the company profitable, a situation which came to an abrupt end when, after the third series, Oliver realised how lucrative the show had become and decided to set up his own production company.

He did, however, later acknowledge her “huge impact” on his early TV career and called her “one of the most gifted matriarchs of the TV industry”.