Annabel Karmel

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Annabel Karmel MBE
Karmel in 2013
Karmel in 2013
Born (1957-05-10) 10 May 1957 (age 61)[1]
Occupation Chef
Nationality British
Genre Cookery

Annabel Jane Elizabeth Karmel MBE (born 10 May 1957), is the author of books on nutrition and cooking for babies, children and families.


Prior to her career in infant nutrition Karmel was a talented musician.[2] Her first book was The Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner, published in 1991.[3] It was endorsed by Great Ormond Street Hospital, the UK’s leading children’s hospital.[citation needed] Karmel has since published 37 books[3] on feeding babies, toddlers and families as well as eating in pregnancy and books on cooking with children.

Newspapers and magazines[edit]

Karmel writes regularly for national newspapers and also contributes to Practical Parenting & Pregnancy, Prima Baby, BBC Good Food, Baby London, Surrey, Hampshire and Tesco's Baby Club. She appears frequently on radio and television, and completed a series on the Richard & Judy Show, as the Foodie Godmother where she travelled around the country solving the problems of fussy eaters. She also filmed a 10 part series with Sky Active called Mummy That's Yummy. In 2011 Karmel aired her TV show Annabel's Kitchen, commissioned for CITV, with major sponsors being Fairy Liquid and Procter and Gamble.

Karmel's iPhone app Annabel's Essential Guide to Feeding your Baby and Toddler features 120 recipes and episodes from TV series Annabel's Kitchen. Karmel also works with NUK making a range of feeding equipment for making baby food.[citation needed] These are available in the UK and US.


Karmel has a popular range of food products for toddlers and babies. In 2007, Karmel launched a range of chilled ready meals for toddlers, she also has a range of ambient and organic sauces and pastas as well as teaming up with Disney to make a range of healthy snacks. Her food products are stocked in all major UK supermarkets. Karmel also has her menus in some of the largest restaurant chains; leisure parks and nurseries in the UK, serving up more than one million children's meals each year.

Karmel is a patron for the charity Julia's House, a hospice dedicated to children with life limiting conditions. She is also working with closely with CLIC Sargent in 2013 on 'The Great Mums Get Together' campaign.


Karmel was awarded an MBE in June 2006 in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her work in the field of child nutrition. In 2009, Karmel won the LIfetime Achievement Award at the Mother and Baby Awards.[3]



  1. ^ "Annabel Jane Elizabeth KARMEL". 
  2. ^ "How I make it work: Annabel Karmel". The Sunday Times. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Shiva Kumar Thekkepat (23 April 2014). "Annabel Karmel on how she turned to cooking". Friday Magazine. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 

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