24 Facts About Ainsley Harriott


Ainsley Denzil Dubriel Harriott was born on 28 February 1957 and is an English chef and television presenter.


Ainsley Harriott is known for his BBC cooking game shows Can't Cook, Won't Cook and Ready Steady Cook.


Ainsley Harriott attended Wandsworth Comprehensive School then trained at Westminster Kingsway College, and obtained an apprenticeship at Verrey's restaurant in London's West End, later working as a commis chef.


Ainsley Harriott formed the Calypso Twins with school friend Paul Boross, releasing a hit record in the early 1990s, "World Party".


Ainsley Harriott became head chef at the Long Room of Lord's Cricket Ground.


Ainsley Harriott was asked to present More Nosh, Less Dosh on BBC Radio 5 Live, and has appeared as an extra in Hale and Pace.


Ainsley Harriott became the resident chef on Good Morning with Anne and Nick and later the main presenter of Can't Cook, Won't Cook and originally a chef on Ready Steady Cook before he went on to host it in 2000, both shows involving members of the public.


Ainsley Harriott has presented more straightforward how-to-cook programmes such as Ainsley's Barbecue Bible, Ainsley's Meals in Minutes, Ainsley's Big Cook Out and Ainsley's Gourmet Express.


Ainsley Harriott played the part of a GELF chief in the sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf in 1993.


In 1998, for the show's 10th anniversary, Ainsley Harriott presented a special edition of Can't Cook, Won't Cook called Can't Smeg, Won't Smeg with the cast of the show cooking a meal while remaining in character.


In 2000, Harriott made his debut on US television with The Ainsley Harriott Show, syndicated by Buena Vista Television, which ran for more than 100 episodes.


Ainsley Harriott was guest chef on Something for the Weekend on 10 May 2009 and 21 February 2010 alongside guests JLS.


In February 2010, Ainsley Harriott joined the morning show GMTV with Lorraine featuring cookery recipes.


From 2002 until 2007, Ainsley Harriott appeared in TV adverts for Fairy Liquid.


Ainsley Harriott knew that his great-grandfather Ebenezer Ainsley Harriott was in the colonial West India Regiment, and had assumed that they were descended from slaves.


Ainsley Harriott appeared in the final My Family Christmas special in 2010 "Mary Christmas".


On 5 September 2015 it was revealed Ainsley Harriott was paired with professional dancer Natalie Lowe for the thirteenth series.


Ainsley Harriott was the fourth contestant to be voted off and finished twelfth.


Ainsley Harriott was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and the culinary arts.


Ainsley Harriott is a best-selling author, publishing twelve books as well as numerous others in conjunction with his television shows.


Ainsley Harriott played the role of the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show at the New Theatre, Cardiff in March 2010, at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley in October 2010, and again at the Richmond Theatre in November 2010.


Ainsley Harriott made a guest appearance in the BBC radio comedy series Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off as himself in 2006.


Ainsley Harriott was dragged to safety by a group of people including DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles.


Ainsley Harriott married former costume designer Clare Fellows, the youngest sister of comedian and actor Graham Fellows.