Kevin Woodford

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Kevin Woodford
Born (1950-06-04) 4 June 1950 (age 68)
Willaston, Douglas, Isle of Man
Culinary career

Kevin Woodford (born 4 June 1950) is a Manx celebrity chef, actor, television presenter, businessman, hotelier and former restaurateur.


He originally trained as a chef and then moved into education as a lecturer in professional cookery. After gaining a higher degree in the Management of Organisations he returned to education as Head of Hotel and Catering Studies at a Granville College in Sheffield.

He was a Senior Examiner for City and Guilds Professional Cookery Examinations, judge at several International Cookery Competitions and worked as a hotel and restaurant consultant for various national and some International organisations.

Kevin is currently working with Stena Line to develop menus for their 7 Irish Sea passenger ferries. Kevin is also helping train their galley chefs and on board service managers as part of a package developing sales and improving the customer experience.

Television presenting and acting career[edit]

His first TV appearance was on This Morning, and this was followed by him presenting The Reluctant Cook for BBC2, followed by Surprise Chefs for ITV. He then became a regular chef on the BBC cookery show, Ready Steady Cook, as well as presenting Can't Cook, Won't Cook for which he won a National Television Award for Best Daytime Presenter. More recently, he presented and co-produced a 104 part series of a CBBC cookery show, Planet Cook in which he played "Captain Cook". It later aired on Channel 4 and the series was first shown coast to coast in Australia and was a huge hit.

He has also presented Songs of Praise and the live topical debate magazine show The Heaven and Earth Show.

He travelled the world as Jill Dando's co-presenter on BBC Summer Holiday and Presenter for BBC's Holiday programme for 5 years.

He has also acting roles in Doctors (Robert Hale). For BBC's 'Fasten your Seatbelt' series he demonstrated his ability as a New York taxi driver, entertainer on board 'Oriana', deck hand on a tall ship, and concierge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong.

He presented Big Kevin, Little Kevin for the BBC, has written and published 7 cookery books and is the only chef in Europe to have had his own recipes used on a set of Isle of Man postage stamps and was the recipient of 'This is Your Life' for BBC1. He has also appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank.[1]

Woodford began reporting on consumer show Watchdog in 2015.

Business ventures[edit]

Woodford owned a restaurant in Douglas, Isle of Man for several years.

In 2009 he developed a small boutique hotel called Birchfield House in Douglas.

Woodford is also an after dinner speaker

Personal life[edit]

Woodford is married and has a son and daughter


  1. ^ Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 4 March 2001. ITV. 

External links[edit]