Alex Polizzi

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Alessandra Maria Luigia Anna Polizzi
Born
Alessandra Maria Luigia Anna Polizzi di Sorrentino[1][2]

28 August 1971 (1971-08-28) (age 47)[3]
Poplar, London, England
EducationUniversity of Oxford
OccupationHotelier, businesswoman, television presenter
Years active2008–present
EmployerChannel 5, BBC
Known forThe Hotel Inspector
Alex Polizzi: The Fixer
Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial
Spouse(s)Marcus Miller (m. 2007)
Children3
Parent(s)Alessandro Polizzi
Olga Polizzi (née Forte)
RelativesOliver Peyton (brother-in-law)
Charles Forte, Baron Forte (grand father)
Sir Rocco Forte (uncle)

Alex Polizzi (born Alessandra Maria Luigia Anna Polizzi di Sorrentino;[4][5] 28 August 1971) is a British hotelier of Italian descent and the presenter of the British television series The Hotel Inspector on Channel 5.[6]

Early life[edit]

Polizzi comes from a family of hoteliers, with her maternal grandfather being Lord Forte. Her mother is the Hon. Olga Polizzi, a hotel designer who is Lord Forte's daughter and the sister of Sir Rocco Forte.[7] Her father was Italian marquess Alessandro Polizzi di Sorrentino,[8] who died in a car accident in 1980.[9]

Polizzi read English at St Catherine's College, Oxford. She trained at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, and worked for Marco Pierre White.[9]

Career[edit]

Polizzi and her husband started a wholesale bakery, Millers Bespoke Bakery, supplying bread to Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and Fortnum & Mason.[10]

She manages the Hotel Endsleigh in Milton Abbot, near Tavistock in Devon, which is owned by her mother.[11]

Polizzi backed the Leave campaign during the 2016 British referendum on membership of the EU, but has spoken subsequently of her concern that Brexit could threaten the supply of labour into the hospitality and hotel industry.[12][13]

Television[edit]

Since 2008, Polizzi has presented the Channel 5 series The Hotel Inspector, replacing Ruth Watson. The show sees Polizzi visiting struggling British hotels to try to turn their fortunes around by giving advice and suggestions to the owners/managers, and often undertaking renovation projects on their behalf.

She also fronts the BBC Two series, Alex Polizzi: The Fixer,[14] which focuses on her turning around family businesses, not just hotels.[15] The first series aired in 2012; the second in 2013; a third in 2014 and a fourth has been confirmed to air in 2015. Polizzi also presented a revisited series called The Fixer Returns in 2013, as well as a Christmas special, which aired in December 2013.

In October 2014, Polizzi launched a new Channel 5 series, Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy,[16] where she visits either lesser-known places within Italy or well-known towns and cities and, using local connections, shows areas that tourists would not ordinarily experience.

On 30 October 2014, it was announced that Polizzi would host a new BBC Two series, Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial, where she visits various food outlets. The series began airing on 20 April 2015.[17]

On 31 March 2017, Polizzi released Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi[18] and then Our Dream Hotel on 6 June.[19]

From 7 February 2018 she invited her Irish brother-in-law, the restaurateur Oliver Peyton, to join her in a new Channel 5 series Peyton And Polizzi’s Restaurant Rescue, where they pool their experience to play firefighters and turn round failing restaurants.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Polizzi lives in London with her husband Marcus Miller, whom she married in 2007, along with their daughters and son. Polizzi is bilingual, being fluent in both English and Italian. [21] Her sister Charlotte is married to Oliver Peyton, an Irish restaurateur and a judge on the BBC television series, Great British Menu. [22] Sir Rocco Forte is also her uncle. [23]

She had a Roman Catholic upbringing, and spent 'every Sunday of her childhood' at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Farm Street, in London.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
2008— The Hotel Inspector Presenter Channel 5
2012–2015 Alex Polizzi: The Fixer BBC Two
2014— Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy Channel 5
2015 Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial BBC Two
Alex Polizzi's Italian Islands Channel 5
Alex Polizzi: Hire Our Heroes BBC Two
2017— Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi Channel 5
Our Dream Hotel
2018— Peyton and Polizzi's Restaurant Rescue Co-presenter
2018— The Wright Stuff Regular commentator and panellist Channel 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/E3J34SS9w8z39PFkm0f5S_ZCt1A/appointments
  2. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 1, p. 1472
  3. ^ "Alex Polizzi – British Hotelier and Television Presenter". Hotel & Resort Insider. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  4. ^ https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/E3J34SS9w8z39PFkm0f5S_ZCt1A/appointments
  5. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 1, p. 1472
  6. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (24 January 2008). "News Media Channel 5 Polizzi checks in as new Hotel Inspector". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Alex Polizzi". TVLives.com. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  8. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 1, p. 1472
  9. ^ a b Rivkin, Annabel (20 January 2012). "Alex Polizzi, a most unlikely sex bomb". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  10. ^ Barber, Lynn (30 October 2005). "At last, a country house where fun isn't frowned on". The Observer. London. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  11. ^ "Relative Values: Olga Polizzi and her daughter Alexandra". The Sunday Times. 1 July 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2013. (subscription required)
  12. ^ "Remain Or Brexit? How The Stars Are Voting". Huffingtonpost.co.uk. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Group names pro-Brexit business heads". BBC News. 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  14. ^ "Re-launch celebration after Yeadon store's refurb". Wharfedale Observer. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi poached by BBC for new show". The Daily Telegraph. London. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  16. ^ "From Venice to the Amalfi coast: Alex Polizzi reveals her secret Italy". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  17. ^ Twofour. "Twofour commissioned to produce Alex Polizzi For Hire". Twofour.co.uk. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi". Channel 5. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Our Dream Hotel". Channel 5. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Peyton And Polizzi’s Restaurant Rescue". Channel 5 website, 2018-02-07.
  21. ^ "Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi says she loves not being angry on new show - Sunday Post". Sunday Post. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  22. ^ "Get the lowdown on cookbook author and Great British Menu judge Oliver Peyton". The Sun. 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  23. ^ "Group names pro-Brexit business heads". BBC News. 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  24. ^ "The UK's Favourite Churches". Favouritechurches.org.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2018.

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