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Ainsley Harriott Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Ainsley Denzi Harriott
Place Of Birth
London, UK
66 years old
Birth Date
February 27 1957

Ainsley Harriott Facts

Child Star?
Celebrity Chef, Television Presenter
Education & Qualifications
Wandsworth Comprehensive School
Net Worth
Maddie Harriott, Jimmy Harriott
Chester Leroy Harriott, Peppy Strudwick
Jacqueline Harriott, Chester Harriott

About Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley Harriott MBE, or Ainsley Denzil Dubriel Harriott MBE, was born on February 28, 1957, in London, England.

Ainsley Harriott is an English celebrity chef, television presenter, and entertainer known for his cooking television series like 'Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook', and 'Ready Steady Cook', which are telecast on BBC. Apart from being a chef, Ainsley Harriott is also a talented singer.

In the early ’90s, Harriott, along with his friend Paul Boross, had formed the Calypso Twins. The duo performed regularly at the Jongleurs and Comedy Store and released their record titled 'World Party', which was a hit. He performed in radio and television shows and became head chef at the Long Room of Lord’s Cricket Ground. He became the main presenter of 'Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook' and the resident chef on 'Good Morning With Anne And Nick'.

In 1993, Harriott played a role in the sci-fi comedy show 'Red Dwarf', where he played the part of a GELF chief. Ainsley made his debut on American television in 2000 with 'The Ainsley Harriott Show'. The show was very successful, and it had over 100 episodes. He hosted the show 'Ready… Set… Cook!' along with 'Something For the Weekend', where he was the guest chef.

In 2008, he featured in the docuseries 'Who Do You Think You Are?'. He partnered with dancer Natalie Lowe to participate in the thirteenth season of 'Strictly Come Dancing' and finished twelfth in the show. In the 2020 New Year Honors, Harriott was appointed Member Of The Order Of The British Empire (MBE) for his services to culinary arts. He has published twelve books and has his own range of food. He also hosted a special edition of the comedy TV series 'Can't Smeg, Won't Smeg'.

Ainsley Harriott Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Ainsley Harriott’s net worth?

The net worth of Ainsley Harriott is approximately $4 million.

How much does Ainsley Harriott earn per year?

The annual earnings of Ainsley Harriott are not yet known. His net worth indicates a stable annual income.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Ainsley Harriott?

Ainsley Harriott is 6 ft 2 in (190 cm) tall.

How old is Ainsley Harriott?

As of 2022, Ainsley Harriott is 65 years old since he was born on February 28, 1957.

Childhood And Education

Ainsley Harriott was born to parents Chester Leroy Harriott and Peppy Strudwick in London, England. Ansley has a sister named Jacqueline and a brother named Chester. Ainsley attended Wandsworth Comprehensive School. He was part of the Wandsworth Boys’ Choir. After training at Westminster Kingsway College in London, he did an apprenticeship at Verrey’s restaurant, which is located on Regent Street. He worked as a commis chef later.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Ainsley Harriott’s partner?

Ainsley Harriott was married to his partner Claire Fellows, but the couple divorced in 2012 after being married for 23 years. As of 2022, Ainsley is single and not dating anyone.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Ainsley Harriot released a hit record called 'World Party' in the early ’90s when he was a part of the Calypso Twins duo with his friend Paul Boross. They performed on television and radio shows. Harriott appeared as an extra in 'Hale And Pace'. He was asked to present 'More Nosh, Less Dosh' on BBC Radio 5 Live after he became the head chef at the Long Room of Lord’s Cricket Ground.

He was also part of the chat show 'Good Morning With Anne And Nick' where he was the resident chef. He has been a presenter of many how-to-cook programs. Harriott became the main presenter of 'Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook' and 'Ready Steady Cook'. 'The Ainsley Harriott Show' was his debut on US television, and then he hosted the show 'Ready… Set… Cook!', which was the US version of the show 'Ready Steady Cook'. He appeared in various television advertisements and joined the show GMTV with Lorraine in 2010.

Harriot was appointed Member Of The Order Of The British Empire in 2020. He made an appearance in 'Who Do You Think You Are?', which was a genealogy documentary series. He published many best-selling books that have sold over 2 million copies as of 2022, including titles like 'Ainsley’s Good Mood Food' and' The Feel-Good Cookbook'. He presented the awards ceremony of The Television and Radio Industries Club, which he was the president of from 2004-2005. Harriott made a guest appearance in 'Giles Wembley-Hogg Goes Off' in 2006.

Charity Work

Ainsley Harriott has supported the charity Help For Heroes, which helps injured service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and has also been associated with the organization Not On Our Watch, which aims to end mass atrocities worldwide. He has supported the causes of human rights, refugees, disaster relief, and veterans.

What awards has Ainsley Harriott won?

Prince Charles awarded Ainsley Harriott the honor of MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2020 New Year Honors for his service to broadcasting and culinary arts.

Ainsley Harriott’s Hobbies And Interests

Apart from cooking, Ainsley Harriot is good at singing and comedy. He used to play the recorder at school. He loved art in school and still loves it. He is interested in classical music and listens to it on Classic FM. He likes being creative. He enjoys writing and is the author of many best-selling books. He loves playing the online card game 'Spider Solitaire' and could play it for hours.

Other Interesting Ainsley Harriott Facts And Trivia

  • On May 23, 2022, Harriot’s elder sister Jacqueline fell into a water feature at the 'Chelsea Flower Show'. Harriot saved her from drowning, and she was pulled to safety.
  • Maya Angelou’s autobiography 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings' resonates with Harriott the most.
  • His most loved and prized possession is his chipmunk soft toy called Puda.
  • His favorite movie that he can watch countless times is 'The Incredibles'.
  • His biggest inspiration is chef Clifford Walker, whom he met while working at Verrey’s restaurant.
  • Harriot’s happiest moment that he will cherish forever was watching Arsenal win against Liverpool in 1989.
  • 'I’ve Got Life' by Nina Simone is a song that holds a lot of meaning for him. Being on Radio 5’s Live 'More Nosh, Less Dosh' in 1993 changed the course of his life.
  • Not learning his mother’s recipes is his biggest regret.
  • His net worth is pegged at $4 million.
  • 'Ainsley's Gourmet Express' was amongst the most popular cooking TV series from the chef.
  • Ainsley Harriott is best known for his performances in popular cooking shows in the BBC television series. Some of his noteworthy performances were in 'Ready Steady Cook' and 'Can't Cook, Won't Cook'.
  • Ainsley Harriott completed his training at Westminster Technical College and then pursued an apprenticeship at Verrey's restaurant in West End, London.

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