May 5, 1963
His television career began with Granada Breeze and he has also appeared regularly on programmes including This Morning, Granada Tonight, A Taste for Travel, Lunchtime Live and The Afternoon Show, Gloria’s Open House – Channel 5, Xchange for CBBC and a spot of co-presenting on UKTV's Great Food Live and BBC1's To Buy or Not to Buy. Simon presented This Little Farmer for BBC One and Making a Meal of It, also for BBC Two. He was the mentor on the Channel 5 programme Breaking Into Tesco in which people competed to get their food products sold by Tesco.
His first book, The Accidental Vegetarian, was published in October 2004. His second book, The Rebel Cook, was published in October 2006. His third book Lazy Brunch came out in spring 2008. It was co-written with Tim Lovejoy and based on a feature in Something from the Weekend. In spring 2009, Mitchell Beazley published his fourth book, The Seasoned Vegetarian.
Rimmer pitted his cooking talents against other skilled chefs on the programme Great British Menu.
During the 2013 British Sausage Week he served as a judge of the regional finals in several regions in the UK, helping to choose the winners and promote the event. He would comment how "impressed" he was at the effort put in by the local butchers.
Rimmer is married with two children, and lives in Chorlton Cum Hardy. He supports Liverpool F.C. but chose the history of Tranmere Rovers as his specialist subject on the BBC quiz Mastermind. On his second appearance on the quiz show Pointless Celebrities, partnering Kim Woodburn, Rimmer won the jackpot for charity thanks to his knowledge of Sex Pistols singles.
- "All about Simon Rimmer". Channel 4.
- "Top chef Simon Rimmer cooks takeaway dinners for Craig Bellamy to keep striker fit". Daily Record.
- Simon Rimmer, who owns restaurant Earle in Hale, Trafford is one of the celebrity chefs at this year's Good Food Show. Messenger. 28 May 2009.
- "Simon Rimmer". Jillie Bushell.
- "101 great goals".
- Greens Restaurant
- Earle Restaurant
- Eat The Chef - Video Recipes by Simon and others
- Simon Rimmer recipes
- The Cheshire Cookery School