Chris Bavin is so full of character he was born to be on TV – this was underlined by the announcement that he was to join Mary Berry as co-judge on her new BBC series Britain’s Best Home Cook.
Since a TV production company first stumbled across him in 2011 he has gone from strength to strength and is co-presenter of BBC1’s hugely successful series Eat Well for Less? with Gregg Wallace. The show has had incredible ratings and the accompanying book is a best seller.
In addition to Eat Well for Less? Chris has presented Tomorrow’s Food with Dara O’Brian and The Truth about Meat; he is co-presenter of BBC1’s returning series Food: Truth or Scare with Gloria Hunniford. Chris was the presenter for two series of BBC2’s Britain in Bloom and is a co-judge on BBC1’s prime time competition series Britain’s Best Home Cook with Mary Berry, Chef Angela Hartnett and presenter Claudia Winkleman. Chris is also a regular guest and reporter for The One Show.
Chris is the co-founder of ‘The Naked Grocer’ a retail business that was twice voted ‘National Independent Retailer of the Year’, as well as receiving the ‘Best Contribution to the Community’ award.
Chris’s first job was as a junior flower trader, a job he relished and excelled at. He spent much of his working day in various wholesale markets across the UK, places where Chris felt very much at home. Packed full of all the colourful characters and the buzz that a busy wholesale market provides, Chris felt he had found his vocation.
After selling flowers into the wholesale markets and retail multiples for six years he took a side step to trade fruit and vegetables. This again was something that he not only enjoyed but did very successfully. He has worked in all areas of fresh produce: importing, wholesaling, retailing, food service and catering.
Chris is passionate about educating and raising awareness in children of where food comes from and encouraging them to learn how to increase their consumption of fruit and veg. One of his ambitions is to teach others how eating healthily can be cheap and easy to achieve.
Chris’s first solo cookbook, ‘Good Food, Sorted’, was published by Dorling Kindersley in March 2019. Excitingly, Chris’s second cookbook ‘Fakeaway: Healthy Homecooked Takeaway Meals’ will be published by Dorling Kindersley in January 2020.
Chris has a great interest in farming and all areas of fresh produce and particularly, the history and future of food. He is an active supporter of reducing food waste. Chris lives in Surrey with his lovely wife Millie and their children.
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