Great British Menu continues this week (Thursday, March 25, 2021) on BBC Two with host Andi Oliver at the center – but how did it get famous?
And who is her famous daughter?
Everything you need to know about the TV personality can be found here.
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Great British Menu Andi Oliver: What is she famous for?
Andi Oliver – short for Andrea – is a British chef, broadcaster, actress and singer.
She actually started her career in a band that performed in front of a live audience.
The singer later began presenting, often incorporating her love of cooking.
She co-hosted Channel 4’s Baadasss TV alongside Ice-T.
Andi appears frequently on the BBC World Service and in the BBC’s annual coverage of the Glastonbury Festival.
The TV personality, known for her flamboyant sense of style, presented a six-part cooking show Neneh and Andi Dish it Up.
The BBC Two series began in April 2007 and Andi teamed up with her good friend, Buffalo Stance singer Neneh Cherry.
Since then, Andi has hosted Truth About Food, The Big Eat, and BBC’s Christmas Kitchen with Matt Tebbutt, among others.
Andi also stars in the 2009 drama Ladies Detective Agency, set in Botswana, and in Trakked, Take Me and How to Build a Girl.
In 2017 she replaced Prue Leith as permanent judge for The Great British Menu with Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton.
She later replaced Susan Calman as the presenter.
When she’s not broadcasting, Andi runs Andi’s restaurant in London with Kelly Miles.
Great British Menu Andi Oliver: Which band was she in?
Andi is a former member of the band Rip Rig + Panic.
One of their notable TV appearances came when they appeared on an episode of the cult comedy show The Young Ones.
After 1983 Oliver got involved in Kalimba, an African-inspired band.
In 1990, she teamed up with her brother and started the Mighty Hog.
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How old is Andi Oliver?
Andi was born in London in 1964.
She is currently 57 years old.
Both of Andi’s parents were born in Antigua – her father joined the RAF and her mother was an elementary school teacher.
Thanks to her father’s career, she traveled a lot in her youth.
Tragically, Andi’s brother Sean died of sickle cell anemia in 1990 at the age of only 27.
He was the bass player in Rip, Rig + Panic and wrote Wishing Well for Terence Trent D’Arby.
Great British Menu Andi Oliver: is she married?
Andi Oliver met her partner Garfield Hacknett over 20 years ago while working at The Globe Speakeasy in Shoreditch.
He works as a cultural mediator and leads the band The Feds.
The couple bonded over their mutual hatred of camping.
They live in Clapton and love hanging out in Millfields Park with a music system and great food.
Who is Andi Oliver’s famous daughter?
Andi’s daughter is the TV presenter Miquita Oliver, who became famous with Simon Amstell on Popworld and T4.
Andi was a single mother to Miquita, now 36, and times have been very difficult at times.
She said: “It was always up and down and that seems normal to me.
“Sometimes we have money and sometimes we don’t.
“Everyone thinks that because they see you on TV you have to be rich, but I’ve never been driven by money.”
The mother and daughter duo took part in the Eight Go Rallying: The Road to Saigon in 2018.
With a group of celebrities, they took part in a 2,500 mile rally in Southeast Asia.
Miquita’s godmother is the accident actress Amanda Mealing, another good friend of Andi.
Great British Menu Series 16, episode two
The second installment in Series 16 focuses on main and dessert courses.
Main courses include a venison dish honoring the only British woman to have won a Nobel Prize in Science and a tribute to West Midlands manufacturing.
Desserts include two layered chocolate dishes – one made with edible paper in homage to Samuel Johnson, the other with an ingenious chocolate cross-section of a road inspired by the invention of smooth asphalt.
But whose kitchen inventions will veteran judge Lisa Goodwin-Allen prefer?
The Great British Menu will continue at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2021 on BBC Two.
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