Ainsley Harriot
Name: Ainsley Harriot
Hobbies/Interests: animals, food & drink, football
Endorsements: Thornton & Ross - Covonia Cough Mixture; Procter & Gamble - Fairy Liquid
Charities: Action for Children; British Heart Foundation; Children With Leukaemia; Comic Relief / Sport Relief; Motability; Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Samaritans; The Patients' Association; The Prostate Cancer Charity; World Cancer Research Fund

Ainsley Harriot is the larger than life presenter of BBC TWO's Ready Steady Cook. Besides being one of TV cookery's most ebullient characters, he's also a chef of some repute.

Over the last 25 years Ainsley has cooked up quite a career for himself. He's worked in top restaurants and as a caterer to celebrities, as a singer and comedian on radio and television and, most famously of all, as one of Britain's best-loved celebrity chefs.

Ainsley's lifelong passion for cooking is a tribute to his mother Peppy who encouraged him to help with the cooking for family and friends in what was always an open house in Balham, south London.