The Hairy Bikers
UK’s Most Popular Cookery Writing Duo
Enhance your next event with the irresistible charm and enthusiasm of Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers.
Big hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food, they have been cooking together for more than twenty years. They have created haute cuisine dishes with Michelin-starred chefs and travelled the world in the pursuit of great food. They’ve also explored the length and breadth of the British Isles to discover brand new recipes and create their own fresh takes on cooking classics. The stars of several hit television shows, they are the UK’s most popular cookery writing duo.
Their first diet book The Hairy Dieters: How To Love Food And Lose Weight toppled 50 Shades of Grey from the top of the bestsellers charts in summer 2012 and remained in that position for six weeks. It still comfortably topped the list of the best-selling cookbooks of 2013, outselling its nearest rival by almost two-and-a-half copies to one. Their second diet book Eat For Life did equally well and their third, Good Eating was published last October.
In spring 2012 Si and Dave were seen baking their way across Europe in The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation, for BBC2 primetime. The Hairy Bikers’ Mississippi Adventure followed as they biked the length of the iconic river for Mentorn Media and Good Food. Their BBC2 series The Hairy Dieters: How To Love Food And Lose Weight was a critical and ratings success; the boys shed more than six stone between them and the tie-in paperback book remained at the very top of the charts. Everyday Gourmets screened in early 2013 on BBC2; The Hairy Bikers’ Restoration Road Trip was shown on BBC2 that summer followed by The Hairy Bikers Back On The Road. The boys then filmed The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure (BBC2). And of course Dave excelled himself in late 2013 when he was an enthusiastic and popular contestant on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Following a break as Si recovered from a brain aneurism, the Hairies got back on their bikes with some brand new and very varied TV series: Cooking The Nation’s Favourite Food followed by Northern Exposure, The Pubs That Built Britain And Old School, both for BBC2.
Born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness in North West England, Dave Myers’ versatile skills have taken him to some unusual places. He worked as a furnace-man in a steelworks whilst a student, to finance a degree and postgraduate studies in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths, where he studied egg tempera and the work of the Old Masters. On graduating, Dave joined the BBC as a make-up artist, specialising in prosthetics. He went on to work on numerous feature films and high-profile television series, notably Lives and Loves of a She Devil, Prime Suspect and the hit BBC1 series Spooks. His career has taken him from Hollywood to the African deserts.
Hailing from Newcastle in North East England, Si is a big, blonde-bearded biker with an infectious laugh, and a charm and sense of humour that’s a skeleton key when it comes to getting into people’s hearts and homes. This easy congeniality and warmth served him well for years in his work as a First Assistant Director and Locations Manager for film and television (including the Harry Potter series of films), but his passions lie elsewhere. A love of food was encouraged early by Si’s family and particularly his father, who would bring back exotic ingredients from his voyages with the Royal Navy, and Si’s enthusiasm is matched by his own children’s willingness to try new kinds of food.
TV credits include: THE HAIRY BIKERS’ BAKEATION, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ MISSISSIPPI ADVENTURE, THE HAIRY DIETERS: HOW TO LOVE FOOD AND LOSE WEIGHT, EVERYDAY GOURMETS, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ RESTORATION ROAD TRIP, THE HAIRY BIKERS BACK ON THE ROAD, THE HAIRY BIKERS’ ASIAN ADVENTURE (BBC2). And of course Dave excelled himself in late 2013 when he was an enthusiastic and popular contestant on BBC1’s STRICTLY COME DANCING.