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"SMGD Phil 1Phil Vickery does English cooking better than anyone in the country" - Jonathan Meades, Saturday Times Magazine

"Some of the finest English cooking imaginable intense flavours and subtlety that no other chef seemed to match" - Nicholas Lander, Financial Times

"Supreme puddings" - Good Food Guide

"He is not only a talented chef, but something rarer still a sensible and sensitive one" - Independent

"Vickery’s nurturing of unflashy ingredients exemplifies a singular talent" - London Evening Standard

"Honest and unpretentious" - Mirror

Not only has Phil Vickery been a part of the ‘This Morning’ family for over 19 years, with viewing figures in excess of 3 million, he is also regarded as one of Britain’s favourite chefs.

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Over the years, AA Restaurant Guides rated Phil one of the top 20 chefs in Britain; his restaurant was awarded 4 Rossettes for 5 years his restaurant was awarded a Michelin star. He was also county restaurant of the year in the Good Food Guide, and Times newspaper along with Egon Ronay stars also.

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Phil has written a weekly column for one of Britains biggest-selling Sunday supplements, and a many features for the leading women’s magazines and many others.
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Since his career kicked off as a Commis Chef at the Burlington Hotel on Folkestone seafront, Phil has worked his way up the kitchen ranks. On his journey he has taken in the very smart Michael’s Nook hotel in Grasmere, Cumbria, the Michelin starred Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead and Ian McAndrew’s Michelin starred restaurant ‘74’ as Sous Chef.
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Phil then went to the West Country and to The Castle hotel in Taunton as head chef where he won a Michelin star, 4 Rosettes in the ‘AA guide’, the ‘Good Food Guide’s’ Restaurant of the year, ‘The Times’ Restaurant of the Year, ‘Egon Ronay’s Guide’ Dessert Chef of the Year and ‘British Meat Chef of The Year’, among many other awards.
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Phil’s TV career starter after filling in once for Keith Floyd on the Breakfast Programme, and over the past 15 years he has appeared on the BBC ‘Holiday Programme’, ‘Ready Steady Cook’, ‘Proof Of The Pudding’, his own series ‘Phil Vickery’s Pudding Club’ and of course ‘This Morning’, presenting live and pre-recorded cookery items.
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Between his TV work and writing – Phil’s written 20 books, including his most recent, Save Money - Good Diet but it is not a diet book: it lets you cook and enjoy food with a nod to being healthier and more prudent.
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His Gluten-Free books sell worldwide and have won many awards and he is the National Food Ambassador for Coeliac UK (www.coeliac.org.uk)

Watch a short biography of Phil's career so far...

AWARDS

Michelin Star 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Egon Ronay Star 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Egon Ronay Dessert Chef of the Year 1995
A.A. Four Rosettes 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999. 2000 named one of top 20 chefs in Britain
British Meat Chef of the Year 1998
County Restaurant of the Year, Good Food Guide 1998
Jonathan Meades - Times Restaurant of the Year 1995
Member of the Academie Culinaire de France; awarded Chef Laureate 1987
The King Of Prussia, Farnham Royal, Bucks

  • One of the top 30 rated pubs in the UK, Olive magazine February 2005
  • One of the top 20 rated pubs in the UK, The Morning Advertiser March 2005
  • Coveted Egon Ronay Star, Good Food Guide Entry 2006
  • Entry Michelin 2006

TELEVISION

Currently appearing on ITV's This Morning as Resident Chef, 1999 to 2019

Appearances include:

  • 25 regional films celebrating Great British Foods, 2002 to 2005
  • 15 films on Bar-b-que, Kids Cooking, Christmas, 2005 2006
  • Filmed at Prince Charles's organic Home Farm 2006
  • Taste of Europe 10 films highlighting great foods, summer 2004
  • Vickery's Voyages 8 food /travel strands Tunisia, Spain, Teneriffe, Florida Keys, St Lucia, Majorca, Cyprus, Sri Lanka 2006
  • 5 outdoor films concentrating on picnic´s, Bar-b-que, Caravan, Al Fresco and Camping 2006
  • Fork To Table series 6 films
  • Taste Of Southern States 6 films winning Best Broadcast Programme Award for Phil’s Taste of America strand at the Visit USA Travel Media Awards, covering TV, radio and online. There were 130 nominations over 8 Categories 
  • 2009 Christmas Mini Films
  • Simple Easy Cookery strands June 2009
  • Chefs Challenge Easter 2008, June 2008
  • Phil’s Coastal Cuisine June 2011, including Padstow lobsters, Peterhead haddock, Essex oysters, Oban langoustine, Jersey, many varieties of fish, Conway mussels.
  • Taste Of Italy July 2011, Positano.
  • Alaska Salmon Fishing 2 part series to include whales, bears and the sustainable salmon and halibut industry October 2011.
  • 5 part Island Hopping strand October 2011 to include Sark, Anglesey, Gibraltar, Bute and Isles Of Scilly.
  • Taste of Vietnam, 2012
  • Taste of Israel 2012
  • Peruvian Amazon Adventure 2013
  • Far East Foodie, cooking in Bangkok, on the Eastern Oriental Express through Malaysia, Georgetown and Singapore.
  • Week long trip to Cambodia, including Phnom Penh’s best food outlets. 2014
  • Hong Kong Foodie, five films including tea, bar-b-q pork and Dim Sum 2014
  • Taste Of Brazil,4 films taking in the street food, culture & meats
  • Taste Of Australia, 3 unique films, including Barrier Reef cooking
  • Christmas Food Special Switzerland & Austria 2016 
  • Snow Special Dolomites Dec 2019
  • Turks & Caicos 3 films June 2019
  • Terry Walton garden expert 2017 to 2018 

OTHER TV

Presenter This Morning iPad App 2010

Presenter and chef ITV Food Website 2011

Phil Vickery’s Pudding Club, his own prime-time show for Anglia TV, now in its second series.

A regular on BBC 2 Ready, Steady, Cook! and Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook! over 200 appearances since 1996.

Masterchef judge, 1999, 2000.

The Holiday Programme Guest presenter, Spice Islands, Zanzibar 1999

Who’ll do the Pudding? 12 programmes, 1998

ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh Show 2008/09/10/11

Channel 4’s Paul O’Grady Show 2008/09

Regular slots on BBC’S Breakfast show 2008/09/10

ITV’S Prime Time Dishing The Dirt, 4 part documentary on current food issues October 2009

Channel 4 the 5 o’clock Show 2010

ITV’s 10 Mile Menu spring 2011

ITV’S Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway June 2011

ITV/Gordon Ramsay’s Culinary Genius May 2017         

ITV Save Money Good Diet June/July 2019 

JOURNALISM

Sunday People Magazine weekly cookery page, 1997 to 2003
Woman and Home monthly 4-page Cook for a Lifestyle feature, 2000 2001
BBC Good Food Magazine columnist, 1997 to 2005
Olive 2005/2006
Delicious Magazine 2003 to 2005, 2011
Best Magazine 2005 2006
Women’s Own 2006 to 2008
Sunday Express Christmas 2013
BBC Radio 5 LIVE Richard Bacon show resident chef on ‘Help’ section 2010 2011
South Africa Sunday Times 2010 article on the food and wine scene in Cape Town and surrounding areas.
Sunday Mail full serialization ITV’s Save Money Good Diet June/July 2019 

BOOKS

  • Save Money Good Diet

    Save Money Good Diet
    Softcover – 30 May 2019
    Publisher: Kyle Books

    More nutrition, fewer calories and less money - this is the foundation of the recipes in Save Money Good Diet.

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  • Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook

    Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook
    Hardcover – 9 Nov 2017
    Publisher: Kyle Books

    Being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes needn't mean an end to enjoying food. In his bestselling gluten-free cookbooks, Phil Vickery showed it's possible to overcome dietary restrictions and still eat well.

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  • Seriously Good Gluten Free Baking

    Seriously Good Gluten Free Baking
    Hardcover – 12 May 2016
    Publisher: Kyle Books

    This book is not about Michelin-star food, but about showing how gluten-free cooking can be exciting and tasty, with the added benefit of making you feel and look better. - Aldo Zilli, Daily Express

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  • Essential Seriously Good Gluten Free Cooking

    Essential Seriously Good Gluten Free Cooking
    Hardcover – 11 Feb 2016
    Publisher: Kyle Books

    It's no surprise that Phil's book is being hailed as a godsend for sufferers. - Mail on Sunday

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  • Seriously Good Gluten Free Cooking For Kids

    Seriously Good Gluten Free Cooking For Kids
    Hardcover – 12 April 2012
    Publisher: Kyle Books

    Phil Vickery is not only a talented chef, but something rarer still, a sensible and sensitive one. - The Independent

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  • Seriously Good Gluten Free Cooking

    Seriously Good Gluten Free Cooking
    Hardcover – 30 April 2009
    Publisher: Kyle Books

    If someone you know has a gluten intolerance, this should get a place on your bookshelf. - BBC Good Food

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  • Game

    Game
    Hardcover – 7 Aug 2014
    Publisher: Kyle Books

    Vickery offers a new, modern take on working with game, showing us the best ways to prepare, cook and cure a range of versatile wild food. - Food & Travel

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  • Pork

    Pork
    Hardcover – 24 Oct 2013
    Publisher: Kyle Books

    Phil and award-winning butcher Simon really know their meat, and Pork covers everything from pig rearing methods to cooking it. Recipes range from simple suppers to complicated curing - something for everyone. - Good Housekeeping

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  • The Great Outdoors Cookbook

    The Great Outdoors Cookbook
    Hardcover – 26 May 2011
    Publisher: Kyle Books

    Whether you're already a seasoned outdoor chef, a weekend enthusiast or hoping to try your hand at cooking outdoors for the first time this summer, there are plenty of ideas to inspire. - Hello!

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  • Britain The Cookbook

    Britain The Cookbook
    Hardcover – 15 Sept 2007
    Mitchell Beazley: 1st edition

    This handsome book is a celebration of the strength and depth of Britain's food heritage. Focusing on 10 different regions, TV chef Phil Vickery has put together a range of inventive recipes using some of the country's leading ingredients. THE VERY BEST OF BRITISH FOOD. - BBC Good Food Magazine

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  • Puddings

    Puddings
    Hardcover – 16 Oct 2009
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

    The book is authoritative yet friendly - it is THE definitive book on puddings and is destined to be come a must-have on every cook's shelf. It's sure to become a classic.

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    JUST FOOD (Headline, January 2000)

    • Short listed for the prestigious Andre Simon Award 2004
    • Featured in Cookery Books of the Year in the Independent, Daily Telegraph and Daily Express
    • Daily Mirror Book of the Week
    • BBC Good Food Magazine Best Buy

    Kit Chapman's Great British Chefs includes a chapter on Phil

    Phil & Fern’s Family Food (Granada July 2003)

    • WHSmiths & Woolworths; cookery book of the month

    The Proof Of the Pudding(Simon & Schuster 2003)

    • Sunday Independent: ‘He’s perhaps the finest puddings chef in the land’
    • Home & Garden; ‘200 mouthwatering recipes’
    • Sunday Herald Magazine:’ A comprehensive romp through the British pud canon’
    • Daily Mirror M Magazine: ‘His desserts are so good’
    • BBC Good Food Magazine: ‘He’s passionate about Britain and British ingredients’ & ‘Phil is known for his fabulous desserts’
    • Short listed for the Andre Simon award 2003

    A Passion For Puddings (Simon & Schuster 2005)

    Britain the Cookbook (Mitchell Beazley 2007)

    Puddings (Simon & Schuster 2009)

    Seriously Good Gluten-Free Cooking (Kyle Cathie 2009)

    • No1 best Seller Amazon books.
    • Shortlisted Guild Food Writers special health award 2010

    Seriously Good Gluten-Free Baking (Kyle Cathie 2010)

    • Delicious magazine best books 2010
    • Waitrose specialist book of the year 2010

    Both Gluten-Free books are selling in many countries around the world including Argentina, France, Australia, Italy, Germany, Holland, USA, Canada and Finland, in English and translated versions.

    2011 International Association Of Culinary Professionals food awards finalist health & special diet.

    Seriously Good! Gluten Free Living App for Apple iPhone & iPad launched worldwide October 2010

    The Proof Of the Pudding (Simon & Schuster 2009) Updated version published 2009 with 20 new recipes

    Britain The Cookbook Re printed Nov 2009, new cover and appearance

    Phil Vickery’s Guide to Outdoor Food (Kyle Cathie 2011)

    PORK preparing, curing and cooking all that’s possible from a pig (Kyle Books 2013)

    • World Gourmand Books award UK winner 2014

    Game, New Ways To Prepare Cook & Cure (Kyle Books Aug 14)

    • ‘My favourite game book’ Rose Prince Saturday Telegraph October 2015

    Essential Seriously Good Gluten Free Cooking 200 everyday recipes, from around the world Kyle Books 2016

    Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook in Association with Diabetes UK Kyle Books 2017

    Save Money Good Diet Kyle books along with the ITV series June 2019

    LIVE EVENTS

    Phil performs regular cooking demonstrations at regional food and drink festivals and on cookery courses. He has also recently appeared at the following events:

    BBC Good Food Show Celebrity Theatre - 1997 to 2007 & 2013 to 2015
    Ideal Home Show 2000, 2001, 2003, 2010 to 2014 and 2017
    BBC Good Food Get Cooking! Show 2000
    East of England Show - 2003 and 2004
    Pembrokeshire Fish Festival - 2003
    British Food Week, Stavanger Norway - 2003 and 2004
    A regular on This Morning, ITV1 - 2006 to 2019
    Award winning FSA Scotland Road Show, some 12 events – 2006 to 2010
    Taste Of Grampian 2006, 2008 and 2012
    Padstow Christmas Food Festival 2012 to 2014, 2016 and 2018
    Westmoreland Fair 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017
    Clumber Park Show 2014 and 2017
    Saga Cruises 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Gluten Free/Sugar Free)
    Nottingham Food Fare 2015
    Plymouth Food Fare 2015
    Eden Project Food Festival 2015 and 2016
    Parham Food Fare 2015
    Great Eccleston Country Show 2015 and 2016
    Unilever Unique Food Solutions (Gluten Free consultant) 2015 to 2017
    Nestle Gluten Free 2015 and 2016
    Estrella Dam 2016 Gluten Free
    Coventry Food Fair May 2018
    Sandringham Food Fair July 2018
    Bishop Auckland Food Fair June 2018
    Seaham Food Fair June 2019
    Rutland Food Fair July 2019
    Gloucester Food Fair July 2019
    ITV This Morning Live 2017 to 2019

    PR

    Phil has taken part in media promotions for the following products and events:

    Birds Custard promotion 2001
    John West Tuna promotion 2001
    Official Queen Mothers Birthday Cake commissioned by Royal Mail 2000
    British Meat Keep Sunday a Day of Roast campaign 2000
    British Pork, 2001 to 2006
    Phil Vickery British Home Stores cookware 1999 to 2000
    Jus-Rol Pastry Celebrity Chef 1998 and 1999
    Canderel 2003 and 2006
    Watercress Campaign 2003 and 2004
    Quaker Oats December 2003
    Carnation 2004 to 2006, 2008 to 2010
    Florida Grapefruit Campaign 2004 to 2006
    Bailey’s Campaign 2005
    Bramley Apple Celebrity Chef for 3 years
    Flora Buddy packs 2005
    Herta Sausages 2006
    Mission Foods 2006-2008
    Busy Bees Pre School Nurseries 2008
    British Turkey Campaigns 2005 to 2011
    Warburton’s Gluten Free products launch 2010
    Stork 2010
    Spam Appreciation 2010
    Aldi Supermarket 2008 to 2012

    • Winning Supermarket Of The Year Which Magazine 2009
    • The Grocer Supermarket Of The Year 2009

    National Yorkshire Pudding Week September 2011
    Schloer, get Sunday Lunch campaign, 2013 to 2014
    Bramley Apple Campaign 2014
    Unilever Unique Food Solutions (Gluten Free) 2015 to 2016
    Nestle 2015 (Gluten Free)

    WEBSITES

    Phil has pages on the following websites:
    www.thismorning.co.uk/vickery
    www.angliatv.com/puddingclub
    www.bbc.co.uk/foodnation
    www.aldi.co.uk
    www.sixtyplusurfers.co.uk
    www.vickery.tv 

    iPhone & iPad App

    Seriously Good Gluten-Free Living 2010 to 2013