Antony Worrall Thompson
Celebrity chef Antony Worral Thompson became a household name as the host of 'Ready Steady Cook'. His energetic and humorous style which have made him so popular with TV viewers, are what also makes Antony Worral Thompson a perfect speaker at any event.
An award-winning chef, Antony Worrall Thompson is an excellent speaker and a fantastic personality to have at any event. Dynamic and entertaining he will impress a corporate audience with his culinary tales and live cooking demonstrations.
Antony Worrall Thompson is part of a select band of chefs who the great British public recognises by his first name alone! The term ‘celebrity chef’ only skims the surface of his career. He’s a TV entertainer and a highly articulate, passionate campaigner for food issues. Known for his soft humour and big opinions, Antony’s manner has ensured him long lasting popularity.
The chef’s cooking career has spanned over three decades and his TV career has encompassed food programmes such as Ready Steady Cook, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and current affairs – Panorama, Daily Politics, Question Time. He formerly presented the Daily Cooks Challenge leading it to high success and great ratings.
Always at the forefront of new developments in food, Antony Worrall Thompson is increasingly involved in food and health issues from diabetes, to the GI diet, diet and heart disease. Frequently speaking at NHS events, and campaigning for organic food movements, he ensures he gives back to communities.
He’s a prolific author of recipe books and wrote for the Saturday & Sunday Express and regularly contributed to specialist food magazines. He has been awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne (MOGB) – the chef’s Oscar.
Antony Worrall Thompson was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and studied Hotel and Catering Management at Westminster College. He worked for various establishments in Essex before becoming sous chef at Brinkley’s Restaurant in the Fulham Road, London. He became head chef after only one month. He followed this by taking six months ‘educational sabbatical’ in France, eating and working in 3-star establishments.
Returning to Brinkley’s as head chef, Antony changed the menus according to his experience gained in France and then moved to Dan’s Restaurant in Chelsea. He soon opened Ménage a Trois in Knightsbridge (widely known to be the Princess of Wales’ favourite restaurant) to abundant publicity and reviews. He opened a restaurant at One Ninety Queen’s Gate where the restaurant won the Time Out Eating Guide’s Best New Restaurant award in 1990 and featured in Egon Ronay’s Guide 1991 as a new entry with two stars.
Since then the chef has opened and closed numerous successful restaurants, he now leads a team at The Greyhound and Kew Grill, both award-winning venues.
Antony is a regular judge for the Academie Culinaire’s Annual Awards of Excellence. He speaks to students at catering colleges around the country and offers opportunities to apprentices to work for him as well as organising the Young Chef of the Year competition. He regularly does live cookery demonstrations at events around the country including BBC Good Food Show, Harrods, Ideal Home, The Hyatt in Sydney and Melbourne, The Restaurant Show, the Dublin Food Show and British Business Forum in Oman.
He is passionate about organic farming and grows many herbs and vegetables for his restaurant.
An influential and authoritative chef, Antony can educate any audiences on food matters, sustainable living and the restaurant business. Antony is an excellent speaker and regularly performs at corporate events.