Biking around enjoying some amazing food

Who would have thought that two bikers would make such great tv chefs? Well that is the case with the Hairy biker’s Si King and Dave Myers. They have brought a new spin on the whole world of the television chef with their deeply unconventional show. They literally are hairy, and they are bikers as the roll around the country on their motorbikes sampling food and cuisine, interview other chefs and knocking out some cracking recipes themselves. Let’s find out a bit more about these two lads and their cooking adventures.

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Often found whipping up some delicious dishes on a variety of shows starting from The Hairy Bikers Cookbook. It might come as a surprise then to find that they are not trained chefs. In fact, they have a long history working behind the scenes of films and tv. King was a locations manager for the seminal children’s work Byker Grove and even the Harry Potter films. Myers was a make-up artist with a speciality in prosthetics. They clicked as friends on set in a production in 1992. Years later their experience, friendship and love of food meant that they were approached to do a travel and cooking show. They readily agreed and mounted their bikes to begin a quest that would take them around the country looking at various chefs and their staff working away on Lincat LMR9 Medium Duty 6 Burner Gas Range Oven like the ones available from https://www.247cateringsupplies.co.uk/catering-appliances/commercial-ovens-and-ranges/commercial-ranges/lincat-lmr9-medium-duty-6-burner-gas-range-oven .

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The format was simple they would banter away with each other in a natural way that was reminisce of the two fat ladies (who also had a bike but this one with a sidecar). They would also do straight pieces to camera addressing the audience directly a la that other cooking maverick Keith Floyd. Their biggest show was a mammoth 30 date tour around the country culminating with them cooking dish that they thought was the counties most famous and what it was most famous for.

It’s not been all plain sailing. King had a bad cycling accident when he was knock off his bike during filming for a Christmas show series. They were also classed as morbidly obese and decided to launch the Hairy Dieters series. They have also tried to help preserve the meals on wheels service. The ups though were their successful Big night out show that was directed by the comic Bob Mortimer. It was a show based around their youth and experience in cooking that featured songs comedy and cooking. Myers also enjoyed himself immensely when he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, Their latest adventure is driving around the Mediterranean sampling the cuisine but also getting a nice suntan and having a laugh on the way.…

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If you can’t cook or won’t cook

Food based television shows are incredibly popular and one such show was Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook. It’s a note of personal sadness that its no longer on the BBC. Perhaps they were afraid in these litigious times that someone would get food poisoning or something. The basic premise of the show was genius as most simple ideas are. 2 members of the public who had absolutely no interest in cooking or any degree of skill in it whatsoever were put in front of one of the Celebrity chefs Kevin Woodford (on the Tuesday and Thursday shift, Ainsley Harriot (taking Monday and Friday) and Lesley Waters in the midweek) and presented with a dish to cook. They were nominated by a long-suffering partner, wife or friend who was presumably sick to the back teeth with having to cook every night or be faced with a takeaway or microwave meal when they didn’t want to. It was the Chefs job to get these incapables to try and create the dish following along with them careful in the kitchen. It should have been pretty easy for them to master it over a Lincat LMR9 6 Burner Gas Range Oven like the ones that you see at https://www.247cateringsupplies.co.uk/catering-appliances/commercial-ovens-and-ranges/commercial-ranges/lincat-lmr9-medium-duty-6-burner-gas-range-oven . Although some of the more dim-witted ones forgot to even turn the oven on

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The contestants were then prepared to try and cook the dish. To there credit the chefs never included anything too difficult. “This week were going to be cooking Lobster thermidor in the Provencal manner with a light pudding of sugar spun topped crème brulee and cappuccino foam” did not come from the lips of the chefs. Instead it was nice little curries or simple Spanish dishes or a light French classic. The idea was to inspire the non-cooks that with a little practice and a good try they might become enthused and cook a bit more. Surprisingly humiliation was not the name of the game in those day.

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The carnage that ensued was legendary with the mock anger of Kevin and Ainsley adding to the joy of the show. Some of the Legendary mess ups were when Kevin said they had to stop completely when the non-chef happily poured a load of sugar into a savoury dish or when Ainsley had to come and turn on the gas when one asked him why his chicken wasn’t frying like his was. “let um cook! Let um cook!” Ainsley would scream as the contestant took them off the heat after a scant few minutes. Things got burnt, accidently mashed or mixed into the wrong part of the recipe even though everything was all laid out. So many catchphrases came out of the show. “Tickle those taste buds and “Lets Rattle those pots and pans” being Kevin and Ainsley’s favourite although Ainsley’s slightly suggestive insistence that Percy Pepper always needed to go over Suzi Salt and vice versa sticks out in my cooking now.

A really great little show. I …

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