Ainsley Harriott is a popular entertainer, TV Presenter and guest speaker. He was born in London – England and his father was the Jamaican pianist Chester Harriott.
Ainsley was a very gentle boy in his childhood and his father was running a bakery shop. Additionally his mother was also a helping hand within the bakery. Where, in his school days Ainsley used to learn making cakes, by watching his father.
Ainsley Harriott trained as a chef at Varrey’s Restaurant. But he spent some time in the entertainment world, as part of a musical duo called ‘The Calypso Twins’, working the London comedy club scene.
In the cooking world he progressed to be Head Chef, of the ‘Long Room’ at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Before gaining exposure in the media, becoming resident chef on BBC TV’s ‘Good Morning with Anne & Nick’. Ainsley came to the mainstream as the presenter of BBC 2’s ‘Ready Steady Cook’. Which had started in 1994, with Fern Britton hosting – he took over in 2000.
Ainsley continued to make numerous TV appearances including ‘Ainsley Harriott’s Street Food’. In 2015, Ainsley became one of the celebrities on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. He was partnered with Natalie Lowe, and they were the fourth couple to be voted off.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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