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Five Top TV Chefs

Friday Five

Because I've been watching Heston's Marvellous Menu: Back To The Noughties on iplayer, here are my five favourite TV chefs...

#5. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The problem of choosing this topic for a list is that, well, I don't really like cookery programmes! I don't like cooking, avoid it at every possible opportunity, and have been reliably informed I have the palate of a soggy square of beige wallpaper. So, what I liked about River Cottage was that it wasn't just about cooking stuff. That, and Fearnley-Whittingstall always sounds like he should be reading a Radio 4 bedtime story.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

#4. Ainsley Harriott

To be honest, I can't remember ever seeing Harriott cook. I do remember many an evening spent doing homework to an accompaniment of camera 'nudge nudge wink winks' as the culinary challenged set themselves up for disaster. When I was at uni daytime cookery was always stuff like Britain's Best Dish and other shows which just made you feel inadequate. The contestants on Ready Steady Cook were 100% more relatable!

Ainsley Harriott

#3. James Wong

Ethnobotanist James Wong offers an addictive mix of gardening, cookery, and science. He's also gently inoffensive in terms of onscreen personality!

James Wong

#2. Fanny Craddock

Okay, I know I said that I don't like straightforward cookery shows... but there is nothing straightforward about Fanny Craddock! I love how kitsch it is. All that eye-searing wallpaper, the over the top presenting, and the way Fanny herself kind of looks like a modern day Elizabeth I. Plus, let's face it, I will defend the prawn cocktail to the bitter end.

Fanny Craddock

#1. Heston Blumenthal

The man himself! Would I want to eat the food Blumenthal creates? Doubtful. Would I be willing to pay the going rate? Absolutely not. But what I love about Heston Blumenthal's television work is that that doesn't really matter. It still makes for great viewing, as well as challenging even the most uninterested of us to think again about what we want to put on our plates.

Heston Blumenthal

Who tops your list? Let me know in the comments! :)

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