Award winning TV chef and broadcaster Andi Oliver has had a rich & varied career with food and music being at the forefront throughout.
Andi is a regular face on our TV’s – She is currently a main judge on the BBC’s Great British Menu & an integral part of the Cactus TV programme Saturday Kitchen team as both guest host and chef, also for the BBC. She regularly hosts a strand of short films entitled Pub Wars, for the BBC’s The One Show and this spring she will be found hosting a new Channel 4 daytime cooking gameshow – Beat The Chef, produced by TwoFour.
After fronting the band Rip Rig and Panic with Neneh Cherry in 1981 she went onto work in TV in the 90’s, debuting on Backstage at The Brits. She then went on to present the hit cult show Badaas TV with Ice T and the award winning documentary Crazy Sexy Cool. For 6 years Andi covered Glastonbury for the BBC as well as fronting various other BBC festivals.
During this period Andi hosted a hugely popular afternoon show on GLR for three years and presented The Selector for 8 years, a show for The British Council, broadcast in over 15 different countries. In 2005, with Andi at the helm, it won a Silver Sony Award for best weekly music show.
In 2006 she presented The Truth About Food for the BBC and in 2007 she and Neneh Cherry hosted BBC2 cooking series, Neneh and Andi Dish It Up.
Andi is a regular panel member on BBCR4’s The Kitchen Cabinet alongside Jay Rayner and a regular contributor to R4’s Award winning ‘The Food Programme’. In 2018 she followed in the footsteps of Yotam Ottolenghi & Giorgio Locatelli and was appointed Head judge alongside Sheila Dillon for the prestigious BBC Food & Farming awards.
During her career, Andi was invited to perform a piece for a gala performance of the Vagina Monologues at The Royal Albert Hall with amongst others , Isabella Rossellini, Maureen Lipman & Meera Syal, which led to a 3 month West End run with Michelle Gomez,Samantha Bond & Linda Robson. She was featured in the 1st series of The Number One Ladies Detective Agency and is soon to be seen in a cameo in the upcoming film written by Caitlin Moran – How To Build A Girl.
Andi was (and is) in the kitchen throughout all of this, perfecting her skill, and for 4 years she ran a successful ephemeral restaurant – The Moveable Feast. After being creative director of The Birdcage she launched her own kitchen at The Jackdaw and Star, a renovated pub in the heart of Homerton. She launched her award winning restaurant – Andi’s – in 2016 & is set to launch her new food project – Wadadli Kitchen – Real Caribbean Home Cooking – in 2019/ 2020.