Ainsley Harriott (born 28 February 1957) is an English celebrity chef and television presenter.
Trained at Westminster College of Catering, Ainsley obtained an apprenticeship at Verrey's restaurant in the West End and later worked as a commis (trainee) chef. The son of pianist Chester Harriott, whose cousin was free jazz alto saxophonist Joe Harriott, his talents also lay in comedy and singing as well as cooking and Harriott formed the Calypso Twins with schoolfriend Paul Boross, releasing a hit record in the early 1990s, "World Party". The Calypso Twins went on to be regular performers at The Comedy Store, London and Jongleurs They also performed in America and on TV and radio shows. Ainsley became head chef at Lord's Cricket Ground's Long Room. He was asked to present More Nosh, Less Dosh on BBC Radio 5, and also has appeared as an extra in Hale and Pace including a musical sketch for 'R.Sole Real Estate Agents' where he appeared as a sailor.
Harriott has worked as a chef in London hotels and restaurants including the Dorchester, Brown’s, The Hilton, The Westbury, Café Pelican and Quaglino’s.
He then crossed over to television to become the resident chef on Good Morning with Anne...