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Ainsley Harriott says his mother would be ‘proud’ as he’s recognised in New Year Honours 2020 list


Ainsley Harriott has been made an MBE (Picture: Getty Images)

Ainsley Harriott has said that his late mother would have been ‘proud’ of him following his recognition in the New Year Honours List for 2020.

The TV chef has been made an MBE (Member Of The British Empire) for services to broadcasting and the culinary arts – and while Ainsley has admitted that it’s a ‘great honour’ to make the list, he couldn’t help but think of his mother, who died in 1993.

‘When I was first told about it, I immediately thought about my dear late mum – which really choked me up, because I know how proud she would have been, her boy’s proud too,’ he said.

‘It’s a great honour for me and for everyone who has helped me on my way.’

Ainsley has become one of the best-known culinary figures in Britain, and has been in the industry for more than 30 years.

Before becoming a chef, the 62-year-old was part of the musical duo the Calypso Twins with school friend Paul Boross.

Ainsley presented Ready Steady Cook for 16 years (Picture: PA)

He later worked as head chef at the Long Room at Lord’s cricket ground in London, which later lead to him bagging the role of resident chef for the BBC One daytime show Good Morning With Anne And Nick in 1992.

Ainsley is best known for presenting Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook between 1995 and 2000 and the cooking competition Ready Steady Cook between 2000 and 2010 – and the BBC recently announced they were bringing the show back in 2020, with Rylan Clark-Neal set to present.

Ainsley continues to appear on TV, and also competed in the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2015, becoming the fourth contestant to be voted off. He has also starred in Red Dwarf, My Family, Who Do You Think You Are?, and also appeared in the Fairy Liquid adverts from 2002 to 2007.

He is also a best-selling author, having published twelve books in conjunction with his television shows.

The chef was previously married to former costume designer Claire Fellows, before they separated in 2012. They share two children together – Jimmy and Maddie.

Congratulations Ainsley!



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