Olly Smith

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Olly Smith (born 18 September 1974) is a TV presenter, wine expert and newspaper columnist. He is the presenter of The Secret Supper Club[1] and Iron Chef UK for Channel 4, and has regularly appeared on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, BBC Breakfast, Great Food Live, Food Uncut "Fern" and Taste, and formerly presented the Richard & Judy Wine Club on Channel 4. Smith presented Cheers from Chile (Spanish name: Descorchando Chile, "Cheers from Chile"), a 13 part series on Chilean wine broadcast in the Chilean TV channel Canal 13. Smith is married with two children. His brother is the British comedian Will Smith.[2] He grew up in Jersey, Channel Islands, and was educated at Charterhouse School and Kings College, Cambridge.

Professional career[edit]

He works with P&O Cruises, in particular the multi award-winning wine bar and restaurant known as The Glass House on board the MS Azura, and his new second wine bar and restaurant also called "The Glass House' on board Ventura, and blends the house wines for the rest of their fleet. Smith also creates the wine lists for Marco Pierre White's Ocean Grill across P&O's fleet.

Since June 2009, he has written a weekly wine column for Live magazine[3] in The Mail on Sunday. Smith writes his free online wine bulletin at hotbottle.co.uk and currently writes a weekly column in Waitrose Weekend. His book Eat & Drink is published by Headline and his Wine App is featured in The Sunday Times World's Best Apps. Smith also designed The Glass with Zalto for tasting and evaluating both red and white wine.

Smith has also worked as the presenter and Celebrity Ambassador for a number of live events including the BBC Good Food Show, MasterChef Live, The Ideal Home Show, Tapas Fantasticas, The Hampshire Food Fare, Love Cooking, Taste of London, Taste of Edinburgh, Three Wine Men and The Belfast Wine Festival among others.

In September 2008 Smith was also one of five UK wine writers to launch an online wine ratings magazine for the UK called The Wine Gang and still operates extensively across the web via his Twitter account, Facebook page and his official website. He is a sounding member of Three Wine Men events together with Oz Clarke and Tim Atkin MW.

Smith appeared on a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link on 5 April 2008. The show's host, Anne Robinson, was investigated by the BBC after asking Smith to feel her breasts during the show.[4]

Smith has also hosted the Corporate Cheese and Wine Event for deafblind charity Sense, along with Alex James, Blur bassist-turned-cheesemaker. He offered his advice on fine wines and cheeses, entertained guests and encouraged bids in the auction led by Sotheby’s, which helped raise substantial funds for Sense.

Smith's latest work is in presenting the British version of the Japanese cult classic cooking show "Iron Chef".

In 2013, Smith officially launched The Virgin London Marathon with celebrity chef Michel Roux Jr. Smith is running his first ever marathon in support of local Sussex charity Rocking Horse and is being trained by Michel Roux Jr, himself a veteran of numerous marathons.

Voice-overs[edit]

Smith is also a voice-over artist, narrating Chic Eats for The Discovery Channel, performing voices for ITV's BAFTA award-winning show The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers as well as writing and presenting Dude, Where's My Title? for Radio 4. He also performed opposite his hero Sir Roger Moore in The Fly Who Loved Me Christmas cartoon for UNICEF.

Writing[edit]

Smith previously wrote for film and TV including Pingu, Wallace and Gromit and Charlie and Lola. Smith has formerly written regular column for Waitrose Weekend, Waitrose Kitchen, Sainsbury's Magazine, Wine & Spirit magazine, Men's Health and features for such publications as The Independent on Sunday, London Lite, Waitrose Food Illustrated and Country Life.

Awards[edit]

Smith was nominated for The International Wine and Spirit Communicator of the Year 2008 and won the award with a unanimous vote from the judges in 2009. Smith is the youngest person to win the award.

In the same year he also won The Drinks Business Young Achiever Award. In 2011 Smith was named by Off License news among the top 75 most influential people in the UK wine trade.

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