Antony Worrall-Thompson is an award winning celebrity chef, author, television presenter and broadcaster. His appearances in shows such as Ready Steady Cook, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, and as the host of BBC2’s Saturday Kitchen, have made him one of the most popular chefs in Britain.
He studied hotel management at Westminster Kingsway College taking his first catering job in Essex. In 1978, he moved to London and became sous-chef at Brinkley’s Restaurant in the Fulham Road, becoming head chef one year later. The following year he took a sabbatical in France, eating and working his way around the local cuisine. After this he returned to England and started producing pans with his business partner Hassan.
Antony Worrall Thompson opened his first restaurant – Ménage à Trois – in Knightsbridge in 1981, notable for only serving starters and puddings. He then launched several successful restaurants, including Wiz and Woz in West London and Metro in Jersey — all of which reflect his somewhat individual approach to food.
In February 2009, his restaurant holding company AWT Restaurants was placed into administration. Four restaurants closed – the Notting Grill in west London, the Barnes Grill in south-west London, together with two pubs in Henley-on-Thames, the Lamb Inn and the Greyhound with the loss of 60 jobs, Worrall Thompson personally bought back the remaining Windsor Grill in Berkshire, the Kew Grill in south-west London, and delicatessen the Windsor Larder.
He has won the Mouton Rothschild Menu Competition, and the Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne (MOGB).
He made his first television appearance on BBC2’s Food and Drink, before appearing on Ready Steady Cook from 1994.
In 2003, he appeared in the second series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, which led to him replacing Gregg Wallace as the host of BBC2’s Saturday Kitchen.
Worrall Thompson has also represented the Midlands and East of England in series one of the BBC’s Great British Menu.
Antony is one of Britain’s most entertaining chefs and his presentations are always a blast!