Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers
Big hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food, they have been cooking
together for more than twenty years. They have created haute cuisine dishes with
Michelin-starred chefs and travelled the world in the pursuit of great food. They’ve
also explored the length and breadth of the British Isles to discover brand new
recipes and create their own fresh takes on cooking classics. The stars of several
hit television shows, they are the UK’s most popular cookery writing duo.
Their first diet book THE HAIRY DIETERS: HOW TO LOVE FOOD AND LOSE
WEIGHT toppled 50 Shades of Grey from the top of the bestsellers charts in summer
2012 and remained in that position for six weeks. It still comfortably tops the list of
the best-selling cookbooks of 2013, outselling its nearest rival by almost two-and-a-half
copies to one. Their second diet book EAT FOR LIFE did equally well whilst their third
GOOD EATING was published last October.
Born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness in North West England, Dave Myers’ versatile skills
have taken him to some unusual places. He worked as a furnace-man in a steelworks whilst
a student, to finance a degree and postgraduate studies in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths, where
he studied egg tempera and the work of the Old Masters. On graduating, Dave joined the
BBC as a make-up artist, specialising in prosthetics. He went on to work on numerous
feature films and high-profile television series, notably LIVES AND LOVES OF A SHE
DEVIL, PRIME SUSPECT and the hit BBC1 series SPOOKS. His career has taken him from
Hollywood to the African deserts. He’s also travelled extensively away from work, picking up
recipes and cultures almost as fast as he’s made friends all over the world, not the least of whom
is Simon King, Dave’s boon travelling companion and the other half of the Hairy Biking duo.
Hailing from Newcastle in North East England, Si is a big, blonde-bearded biker with an
infectious laugh, and a charm and sense of humour that’s a skeleton key when it comes
to getting into people’s hearts and homes. This easy congeniality and warmth served him
well for years in his work as a First Assistant Director and Locations Manager for film and
television (including the HARRY POTTER series of films), but his passions lie elsewhere. A
love of food was encouraged early by Si’s family and particularly his father, who would bring
back exotic ingredients from his voyages with the Royal Navy, and Si’s enthusiasm is
matched by his own children’s willingness to try new kinds of food.
Si and Dave are life-long foodies and passionate cooks; they met through work on the set of
a drama (appropriately enough on a Catherine Cookson adaptation) and they take every
opportunity they can to pack their panniers and head off in search of authentic culinary
and cultural experiences in all corners of the world.
For BBC2 they have made: two series of THE HAIRY BIKERS’ COOKBOOK; THE HAIRY
BIKERS RIDE AGAIN; THE HAIRY BIKERS COME HOME and the four-part series THE
HAIRY BAKERS which won audiences of over four million viewers. This was rounded off
with THE HAIRY BAKERS’ CHRISTMAS SPECIAL drawing audiences of around 5 million.
Meanwhile Dave shocked himself by winning CELEBRITY MASTERMIND, and he and Si
came a creditable second on The Weakest Link. The last few years have been busy for both,
with a giant 30 part series for BBC2 called THE HAIRY BIKERS’ FOOD TOUR OF
BRITAIN followed by THE HAIRY BIKERS’ TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS and two
major prime time series of MUMS KNOW BEST for BBC2. THE HAIRY BIKERS’ COOK
OFF – mixing cooking and celebrity chat – screened on BBC2 in autumn 2010 and ran every
weekday afternoon for eight weeks.
MEALS ON WHEELS ran on BBC2 in autumn 2011 followed by the major BBC2 series
BEST OF BRITISH which screened on BBC Daytime attracting upwards of 1.7m viewers
per episode and an average of 5,000 hits to the website each day. BEST OF BRITISH
also achieved an Appreciation Index (AI) of 92, an all-time record for a daytime BBC2
show. The series was repeated in ten special hour long reversions from January 2012
and a second series screened in early 2013. Meanwhile THE HAIRY BIKERS’
CHRISTMAS PARTY aired in December 2011.
In spring 2012 Si and Dave were seen baking their way across Europe in THE HAIRY
BIKERS’ BAKEATION, for BBC2 primetime. THE HAIRY BIKERS’ MISSISSIPPI
ADVENTURE followed as they biked the length of the iconic river for Mentorn Media
and Good Food. Their BBC2 series THE HAIRY DIETERS: HOW TO LOVE FOOD AND
LOSE WEIGHT was a critical and ratings success; the boys shed more than six stone
between them and the tie-in paperback book remained at the very top of the charts.
EVERYDAY GOURMETS screened in early 2013 on BBC2; THE HAIRY BIKERS’
RESTORATION ROAD TRIP was shown on BBC2 that summer followed by THE
HAIRY BIKERS BACK ON THE ROAD. The boys then filmed THE HAIRY BIKERS’
ASIAN ADVENTURE (BBC2). And of course Dave excelled himself in late 2013 when
he was an enthusiastic and popular contestant on BBC1’s STRICTLY COME DANCING.
Following a break as Si recovered from a brain aneurism, the Hairies got back on their
bikes this year with some brand new and very varied TV series: COOKING THE
NATION’S FAVOURITE FOOD screened in the spring followed by NORTHERN
EXPOSURE. They have two more series in early 2016: THE PUBS THAT BUILT
BRITAIN and OLD SCHOOL, both for BBC2.
In 2010 the Hairy Bikers performed their sell-out BIG NIGHT OUT show in theatres
across the UK. Directed by Bob Mortimer, it was a light-hearted mix of cooking and
chat with some song and dance thrown in. It explored their youth, how they met and
their shared love of food and travel. They completed another ambitious nationwide
theatre tour in April 2013.
In summer 2011 the Hairies brought out a range of chilled prepared meals across
Tesco stores, followed by Booths, using some of their favourite recipes – with a twist.
In November 2013 they brought out a range of low-fat cooking sauces bursting with
flavour, based on recipes from their book followed by a range of low-fat Indian sauces.
In Christmas 2013 they launched a range of cookware which continues to sell in
Boots stores across the UK with a new range hitting the shelves this Christmas.
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