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Ainsley Harriott's Biography

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Who is Ainsley Harriott?

Ainsley Harriott was born on 28 February 1957 in Wandsworth, south London.

His father was the Jamaican pianist Chester Harriott.

Ainsley Harriott trained as a chef, but he spent some time in the entertainment world as part of the musical duo, The Calypso Twins.

In the cooking world, he progressed to be Head Chef of the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground, before gaining exposure in the media, becoming resident chef on BBC TV’s Good Morning with Anne And Nick.

Ainsley Harriott came to prominence as the presenter of BBC Two's Ready Steady Cook, which had started in 1994, with Fern Britton hosting. He took over in 2000.

He continued to make numerous TV appearances including Ainsley Harriott's Street Food.

In 2015, Ainsley Harriott became one of the celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with Natalie Lowe.

They were the fourth couple to be voted off.

In the New Year's Honours List announced at the end of December 2019 Ainsley Harriott was made an MBE.

He has a Labrador called Bobby.

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