Simon Rimmer

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Simon Rimmer
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Simon Peter Rimmer

(1963-05-05) 5 May 1963 (age 56)
Occupationcook and television presenter
Years active1990–present
TelevisionSomething for the Weekend (2006–12)
Sunday Brunch (2012—)
Daily Brunch (2014)
Win It, Cook It (2014)
Tricks of the Restaurant Trade (2016—)
Eat the Week with Iceland (2017—)

Simon Peter Rimmer (born 5 May 1963[1]) is an English cook and restaurateur, best known for his on-screen partnership with Tim Lovejoy.


Rimmer originally studied fashion and textile design [2] and later taught himself to cook.[3] In 1990, he bought Greens, a vegetarian restaurant in West Didsbury, Manchester in 1990.[4] Rimmer opened his second restaurant, Earle, in Hale in October 2006,[5] though this was later sold to a local restaurateur in 2016.[6] In 2013, Rimmer served as a judge for British Sausage Week, helping to choose the winners and promote the event.[7]

Rimmer's television career began with Granada Breeze before appearing regularly on programmes including This Morning, The One Show, The Gadget Show & Pointless Celebrities.[8] He has presented Making a Meal of It for BBC Two,[9] Win It, Cook It,[10] Tricks of the Restaurant Trade,[11] Eat the Week with Iceland [12] & Secrets of Our Favourite Snacks [13] for Channel 4 & Breaking Into Tesco for Channel 5.[14] Rimmer is, however, best known for his work alongside Tim Lovejoy with whom he presented Something for the Weekend on BBC Two between 2006 and 2012 [15] & Sunday Brunch, a show with a similar format on Channel 4.[16]

Rimmer has also appeared as a contestant on various TV shows. In 2006, he pitted his cooking talents against other skilled chefs on the first series of Great British Menu; losing in the North of England heat to Marcus Wareing.[17] In 2008, he appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, choosing 'The History of Tranmere Rovers' as a specialist subject.[18] In August 2017, it was confirmed that Rimmer would take part in the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Karen Clifton.[19] The pair were eliminated in week six.[20]

Rimmer's first book, The Accidental Vegetarian, was published in October 2004.[21] His second book, Rebel Cook, was published in October 2006.[22] His third book Lazy Brunch came out in spring 2008, co-written with Lovejoy and based on a feature in Something from the Weekend.[23] In spring 2009, Rimmer published his fourth book, The Seasoned Vegetarian.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Rimmer supports Liverpool F.C., and was present during the Hillsborough disaster.[25]


Year Title Role Notes
2006–2012 Something for the Weekend Co-presenter With Tim Lovejoy
2012— Sunday Brunch Co-presenter 6 series; with Tim Lovejoy
2014 Daily Brunch Co-presenter 1 series; with Tim Lovejoy
Win It, Cook It Presenter 1 series
2016— Tricks of the Restaurant Trade Co-presenter 3 series; with Kate Quilton, Adam Pearson & Sophie Morgan
2017— Eat the Week with Iceland Presenter 1 series
2017 Secrets of Our Favourite Snacks Co-presenter With Sophie Morgan
Strictly Come Dancing Participant Series 15
2018 Britain's Favourite Food Presenter Two-part series


  1. ^ ltd, company check. "MR SIMON PETER RIMMER director information. Free director information. Director id 906854120". Company Check.
  2. ^ Claridge, Brian (18 June 2017). "Sunday Brunch presenter Simon Rimmer on nickname, regrets and first kiss". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  3. ^ Greenaway, Heather (1 October 2011). "Top chef Simon Rimmer cooks takeaway dinners for Craig Bellamy to keep striker fit". dailyrecord. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Earle By Simon Rimmer - Hale, Cheshire on OpenTable". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  6. ^ "TV chef Simon Rimmer ends Hale association as Hogan's of Hale owner acquires Earle". Altrincham Today. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Interview with Simon Rimmer – the face of British Sausage Week 2013". 16 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Simon Rimmer". IMDb. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Making a Meal Of It episodes - BBC Food". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Win It Cook It". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Tricks of the Restaurant Trade: Tricks of the Restaurant Trade". Channel 4. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Eat the Week with Iceland: Eat the Week with Iceland". Channel 4. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  13. ^ Harrison, Phil; Robinson, John; Harris, Sophie; Arnold, Ben; Verdier, Hannah; Gibbings-Jones, Mark; Mueller, Andrew; Howlett, Paul (23 May 2017). "Tuesday's best TV: Secrets of Our Favourite Snacks; Long Lost Family: What Happened Next". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  14. ^ West, Dave (29 February 2008). "Simon Rimmer ('Breaking Into Tesco')". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  15. ^ Something for the Weekend, retrieved 22 September 2019
  16. ^ "Sunday Brunch: Sunday Brunch". Channel 4. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  17. ^ North: Part 1, retrieved 22 September 2019
  18. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind, 2007/2008, Episode 5". BBC. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Simon Rimmer is confirmed for Strictly 2017!". Strictly Come Dancing. 13 August 2017.
  20. ^ "BBC One - Strictly Come Dancing - Simon Rimmer". BBC. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  21. ^ Rimmer, Simon. (2010). The accidental vegetarian : delicious food without meat (New ed.). London: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 9781845335557. OCLC 477281872.
  22. ^ Rimmer, Simon. (2006). Rebel cook : bending the rules for brilliant food. Lowe, Jason. London: Cassell Illustrated. ISBN 9781844034505. OCLC 176782014.
  23. ^ Rimmer, Simon. (2008). Lazy brunch. Lovejoy, Tim, 1968-, Something for the weekend (Television program). London: Quadrille. ISBN 9781844005932. OCLC 181069386.
  24. ^ Rimmer, Simon. (2009). The seasoned vegetarian : a second serving. London: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 9781845334253. OCLC 267222214.
  25. ^ Methven, Nicola (29 September 2017). "Hillsborough survivor Simon Rimmer on why he'll waltz to You'll Never Walk Alone". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 22 September 2019.

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