After almost two decades as one of the country’s favourite TV chefs, Ainsley Harriott has become something of a national institution. Best known for his twenty-one series of Ready, Steady, Cook, and with many solo primetime cooking series under his belt, he is established as the master of fresh, fun, accessible cuisine.
Ainsley trained at Westminster College before embarking on a career in London’s top hotels and restaurants – and through his years of experience working in professional kitchens, he has developed a deep understanding of his craft. In the early 1990s Ainsley was invited to become resident chef on BBC TV’s Good Morning With Anne And Nick. This in turn led to Ready, Steady, Cook and his tv career took off. Series include Ainsley’s Barbeque Bible, Ainsley’s Meals in Minutes, The Hidden Camera Show, Ainsley's Gourmet Express and most recently Ainsley Harriott’s Street Food and, with Len Goodman, Len and Ainsley’s Big Food Adventure. He also hosted The Ainsley Harriott Show and Ready, Set, Cook for the US and Off The Menu for South Africa.
He is also a best-selling author and has sold over two million books worldwide. Titles include Ainsley’s Barbecue Bible, the Meals in Minutes franchise and Friends and Family.
Ainsley’s own food range has gone from strength to strength and is a familiar sight on UK supermarket shelves.