Award-winning TV chef and broadcaster Andi Oliver has had a rich and varied career, with food and music at the forefront throughout.
She’s a regular face on TV: she’s currently a main judge on the Great British Menu and an integral part of Saturday Kitchen as both guest host and chef, both on the BBC. She regularly hosts a strand of short films entitled Pub Wars for the BBC’s The One Show, and will host a new Channel 4 daytime cooking gameshow, Beat The Chef, later this year.
After fronting the band Rip Rig + Panic with Neneh Cherry in 1981, Andi went onto work in TV in the 1990s, debuting on Backstage at The Brits before going on to present the hit cult show Badass TV with Ice-T and the award-winning documentary Crazy Sexy Cool. Andi also covered Glastonbury for the BBC for six years, as well as fronting the BBC’s coverage of various other festivals.
During this period, Andi also worked in radio, hosting a hugely popular afternoon show on GLR for three years, and presenting The British Council show, The Selector, for eight years, which was broadcast in over 15 countries and won a Silver Sony Award for best weekly music show in 2005.
In 2006, she presented The Truth About Food for the BBC, and in 2007, she and Neneh Cherry hosted the BBC2 cooking series, Neneh and Andi Dish it Up.
Andi is a regular panel member on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet alongside Jay Rayner, and is a regular contributor to Radio 4’s award-winning The Food Programme. In 2018, she followed in the footsteps of Yotam Ottolenghi and Giorgio Locatelli and was appointed head judge alongside Sheila Dillon for the prestigious BBC Food and Farming Awards.
During her career, Andi was invited to perform a piece for a gala performance of The Vagina Monologues at The Royal Albert Hall with Isabella Rossellini, Maureen Lipman and Meera Syal, which led to a three-month West End run with Michelle Gomez, Samantha Bond and Linda Robson.
She was featured in the first series of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and is soon to be seen in a cameo in the upcoming film written by Caitlin Moran, How to Build a Girl.
Andi was (and is) in the kitchen throughout all of this, and for four years she ran a successful ephemeral restaurant, The Moveable Feast. After being creative director of The Birdcage, she launched her own kitchen at The Jackdaw and Star, a renovated pub in the heart of Homerton. Her award-winning restaurant — Andi’s — is set to launch her new food project, Wadadli Kitchen — Real Caribbean Home Cooking in 2019/ 2020.
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