Ainsley Harriott

Flamboyant chef Ainsley Harriott has notched up fourteen series of Ready Steady Cook, alongside numerous primetime cookery series featuring his fresh, fun and accessible cuisine.

His career started at the age of 16 when Ainsley began training at Westminster College. He went on to become a junior trainee in West End restaurant Verrey's, where he graduated to commis chef, before moving to The Strand Palace.

He continued to work in professional kitchens, including The Dorchester, Brown's, The Hilton, The Westbury, New Bond Street, Café Peilican and Quaglino's.

In 1997, Ainsley's first solo series Barbecue Bible took him around the world, sampling and cooking the very best open-air food. Ainsley's Meals in Minutes, Ainsley's Big Cook Out and Ainsley's Gourmet Express soon followed. Soon after this he became resident presenter on Ready, Steady, Cook. He also presented the one-off BBC show 50 Things to Eat Before You Die, where viewers nominated their favourite dishes of all-time.

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Books
Just Five Ingredients, BBC Books, Jul 2009
Ainsley Harriott's Low Fat Meals in Minutes, BBC Books, Jan 2007



Olympic Cookbook, BBC Books, 2004
Ainsley Harriott's All New Meals In Minutes, BBC Books, 2006
The Feel-Good Cookbook, BBC Books, 2006
The Top 100 Recipes from Ready Steady Cook, BBC Books, 2003
Low Fat Meals in Minutes, BBC Books, 2002
Gourmet Express, BBC Books, 2002
Barbecue Bible, BBC Books, 2000
The Big Cook Out, BBC Books, 1999
Meals In Minutes, BBC Books, 1999
Can't Cook Won't Cook, BBC Books, 1997

Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley Harriott's Recipes



 
Smoked haddock chowder
Smoked haddock chowder

Ainsley Harriott makes this New England speciality grander by adding prawns or cooked mussels

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
25 min

Fire-glazed duck with fresh plum dipping sauce
Fire-glazed duck with fresh plum dipping sauce

This Oriental-style duck is delicious served with the fresh plum sauce. If you don't have any plums, nectarines make a surprisingly good substitute.

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
40 min

Mixed berry trim tiramisu
Mixed berry trim tiramisu

This is an excellent lower fat alternative of a much-loved dessert. The best thing about it is that it is so delicious that you won’t even notice that you have chosen the healthier option!

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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easy

Total time
10 min

Chinese crispy bubbled belly pork
Chinese crispy bubbled belly pork

This is an easy way to make lovely, crispy Chinese-style pork, which looks dramatic and exciting on the barbecue.

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
1 hr 15 min

Lemon caramel strawberry nests
Lemon caramel strawberry nests

If you like the taste of toffee apples, just wait until you taste these sticky summer puddings that are literally assembled in minutes.

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
25 min

Chargrilled Monkfish Steaks with Homemade Oven Chips
Chargrilled Monkfish Steaks with Homemade Oven Chips

Give fish & chips a modern twist with Ainsley Harriotts healthy alternative - created to celebrate the National Fish & Chip shop awards

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
35 min

Yogurt hotcakes with bananas and honeycomb butter
Yogurt hotcakes with bananas and honeycomb butter

Ainsley Harriott’s sweet moreish breakfast pancakes go perfectly with banana and honey

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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easy

Total time
25 min

Cinnamon and pecan butterscotch buns
Cinnamon and pecan butterscotch buns

These sticky buns from Ainsley Harriott make a great weekend breakfast treat. Kids just love to get involved with all the mixing, kneading and rolling

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
3 hrs 10 min

Lamb chop and potato towers
Lamb chop and potato towers

The combination of barbecued peppers, potatoes and tender pink lamb drizzled with a really scrumptious dressing will instantly become a party favourite.

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
30 min

Lamb rogan josh
Lamb rogan josh

Ainsley Harriott cooks tender lamb in a blend of aromatic spices and yogurt for an Indian classic

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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easy

Total time
1 hr 40 min