Hairy Bikers’ Best of British episode 10 – Cookbooks: Cookery books are a huge business but they are more than just collections of recipes, they are social documents that reveal a great deal about who we are and what we eat. In this programme, the bikers cook dishes from their favourite cookbooks and also meet food historian Ivan Day, who has one of the world’s most extensive historical cookbook collections in the UK. They also tell the story of some of Britain’s most iconic food writers, such as Elizabeth David and Isabella Beeton.
Stunning food and fascinating stories told by the popular culinary duo.Dave and Si continue their culinary journey through time as they celebrate British food.
Hairy Bikers’ Best of British episode 10 – Cookbooks
David Myers and Si King collectively known as the Hairy Bikers, are British television chefs. They have presented a range of television shows that combine cooking with the travelogue format, mostly for the BBC but also for the now-defunct Good Food channel. They have also produced a range of cookery books published to accompany their various television series.
Myers and King have known each other since the 1990s, with both having backgrounds in television production. Their first appearance on UK television was as presenters of The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook, which began on the BBC in 2004 and continued for four series.
The followed this with The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain, The Hairy Bikers’ Mums Know Best, Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels, Hairy Bikers’ Best of British, The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation, Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight, The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure, The Hairy Bikers’ Northern Exposure and The Hairy Bikers’ Pubs That Built Britain for BBC Two, and The Hairy Bikers’ Mississippi Adventure for Good Food.
Both Myers and King have a background in TV and film production. Myers is a professional make-up artist, specialising in prosthetics, while King served as locations manager on numerous productions including the Harry Potter films and Byker Grove.
They met in 1992 on the set of a TV drama entitled The Gambling Man which was based on a Catherine Cookson novel. King was the second assistant director and Myers was head of prosthetics, hair and make-up on the production. Both have a tattoo of Che Guevara on their right arm. The pair got the tattoos in 2006 while filming in Argentina. Simon King is a supporter of Newcastle United.