Jenny Bristow

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Jenny Bristow
Jenny Bristow.jpg
Born Jennifer Bristow
Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Occupation Home economics teacher (former)
Celebrity chef, Author
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Bobby Bristow (?–present) 3 children
Website jennybristow.com

Jennifer Ann Bristow BEM is a Northern Irish cook and cookery writer. She is best known for her cookery television series produced by UTV.

Personal life[edit]

Bristow was brought up on her family's dairy farm near Coleraine.[1] Before her broadcasting career, Bristow worked as a home economics teacher.[2][3] She has three children.[3]

Television series[edit]

Bristow made her first television appearance on Ulster Television's Farming Ulster in 1989 demonstrating how to cook with potatoes, which led a producer at the station to offer Bristow her own series.[4]

  • High Days and Holidays[5]
  • High Days and Other Days (1992)[6]
  • Cookin' in the Kitchen (1995)[7]
  • Jenny's Country Cooking (1997–1998, 2 series)[8]
  • Cooked in a Flash (1999–2000, 2 series)[9]
  • Jenny Bristow Cooks Gloriously Good Food (2001)[10]
  • Jenny Bristow Cooks for the Seasons (2002–2003, 2 series)[11]
  • Jenny Bristow Light (2003)[12]
  • Jenny Bristow: A Taste of Sunshine (2005)[13]
  • Jenny Bristow's USA (2007)[14]

All of the above series were produced by UTV, and were filmed in a converted barn at Bristow's farm near Cullybackey.[2] Bristow's series have been transmitted in other ITV regions (Border,[7] Central,[6] Grampian,[6] Granada[5][7] and LWT,[6] and on television stations in the United States and Australia.[3]

Ratings for Bristow's series have peaked at 215,000 viewers in Northern Ireland.[15]

Writing career[edit]

Bristow has so far published twelve cookery books.[1] Books accompanying Bristow's most recent series have been published by Belfast-based publisher Blackstaff Press.[16] Recipes from Bristow's books have appeared in the Belfast Telegraph[17] and Sunday Life[18] newspapers.

Other work[edit]

As well as her television and writing work, Bristow takes part in cookery demonstrations and corporate and charitable events.[1] Bristow has taken part in corporate events such as the Balmoral Show[19] and Women on the Move,[20] as well as fundraising events for UNICEF,[21] Macmillan Cancer,[21] the British Heart Foundation[22] and Northern Ireland Hospice Care.[23] Bristow has also been involved in awareness campaigns encouraging people to consume less salt[24] and getting children to practice healthy eating.[25]

In 2007, a Ballymena-based company introduced a biscuit range using recipes created by Bristow.[26][27]

Bristow was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and the food industry in Northern Ireland.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c jennybristow.com: About Me; accessed 15 June 2008
  2. ^ a b Belfast Telegraph: "Jenny gets seasoning just right"; dated 29 September 2002; accessed 15 June 2008
  3. ^ a b c Belfast Telegraph: "My taste for the good life"; dated 26 September 2005; accessed 15 June 2008
  4. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "Cooking in the kitchen is Jenny's passion": dated 23 October 2001; accessed 19 January 2009
  5. ^ a b BFI Film and TV Database; accessed 15 June 2008
  6. ^ a b c d BFI Film and TV Database; accessed 15 June 2008
  7. ^ a b c BFI Film and TV Database; accessed 15 June 2008
  8. ^ BFI Film and TV Database; accessed 15 June 2008
  9. ^ BFI Film and TV Database; accessed 15 June 2008
  10. ^ BFI Film and TV Database; accessed 15 June 2008
  11. ^ BFI Film and TV Database; accessed 15 June 2008
  12. ^ BFI Film and TV Database; accessed 15 June 2008
  13. ^ BFI Film and TV Database; accessed 15 June 2008
  14. ^ BFI Film and TV Database; accessed 15 June 2008
  15. ^ Sunday Life: "Jenny scores over TV footie"; dated 16 June 2002; accessed 15 June 2008
  16. ^ Blackstaff Press; accessed 15 June 2008
  17. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "Foodies corner"; dated 5 November 2001; accessed 15 June 2008
  18. ^ Sunday Life: "Sneak peek at Jenny"; dated 29 September 2002; accessed 15 June 2008
  19. ^ The News Letter: "Balmoral Show gets under way"; dated 14 May 2008, accessed 15 June 2008
  20. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "Jenny shares her recipe for success"; dated 24 March 2006; accessed 15 June 2008
  21. ^ a b Belfast Telegraph: "Jenny's special cookery class" dated 23 March 2000; accessed 15 June 2008
  22. ^ The News Letter: "Help to raise funds for BHF Heart Nurses; dated 4 December 2007, accessed 15 June 2008
  23. ^ The News Letter: "Raise 'dough' for hospice coffee morning with Jenny"; dated 17 May 2007; access 15 June 2008
  24. ^ The News Letter: "Stay healthy – eat less salt"; dated 20 March 2007, accessed 15 June 2008
  25. ^ The News Letter: "Science is put on the menu"; dated 31 May 2007, accessed 15 June 2008
  26. ^ jennybristow.com: Newsletter – Winter 2007; accessed 15 June 2008
  27. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "Biscuit firm eyes States"; dated 21 January 2008; accessed 15 June 2008
  28. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b29. 

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