Simon Rimmer is best known as the resident chef on BBC2’s Something for the Weekend.
He opened his first restaurant, Greens, in 1990, with two cookery books and hardly any experience in the kitchen, but with an overwhelming passion to create a great destination.
He is now the resident chef on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch which started on Sunday 25 March 2012, which replaced Something for the Weekend.
Rimmer has also appeared as a contestant on various TV shows. In 2006, he pitted his cooking talents against other skilled chefs on the first series of Great British Menu; losing in the North of England heat to Marcus Wareing.
In 2008, he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, choosing ‘The History of Tranmere Rovers’ as a specialist subject. In August 2017, it was confirmed that Rimmer would take part in the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Karen Clifton.
Rimmer’s first book, The Accidental Vegetarian, was published in October 2004. His second book, Rebel Cook, was published in October 2006. His third book Lazy Brunch came out in spring 2008, co-written with Lovejoy and based on a feature in Something from the Weekend. In spring 2009, Rimmer published his fourth book, The Seasoned Vegetarian
Simon is a vocal supporter of the hospitality industry and a long time friend of our festival and we are thrilled he is returning to our Chef Demo Stage on Monday 1st April 2024.