BBC The Great British Menu: Andi Oliver’s time in a punk band, his famous daughter and his grief over his brother’s death
The Great British Menu returns to BBC Two TV screens tonight (Tuesday February 1), where some of Britain’s top chefs compete and showcase their culinary skills in a bid to cook at a banquet.
Host Andi Oliver will return to present the program alongside a new line-up of judges, including Tom Kerridge, Nisha Katona and Ed Gamble.
But would you like to know more about the host, Andi? Here’s some more info on the show’s presenter, including her time in a punk band, her famous daughter, and her grief over her brother’s death at the age of 27.
BBC The Great British Menu: Who is Andi Oliver?
Andi, 58, was part of the punk band Rip Rig and Panic in the 1980s, which also included Swedish singer Neneh Cherry.
Andi’s brother, Sean, was also part of the musical adventure, but sadly died in 1990 at the age of 27 after suffering from sickle cell anemia.
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In an interview with The Guardian newspaper Andi said if she could bring her brother back, she would.
She told the publication: “He died when he was 27; he suffered from sickle cell anemia. I miss him everyday.
The star paid tribute to his brother Sean around his birthday last year, writing on Instagram: “It was my dear brother Sean’s birthday on Monday. If you knew him, raise a glass, light a candle or not I miss him all the time but I’m so grateful I had him at all.
Andi’s partner is Garfield Hackett, and the couple live together in their house in east London. They met at a place in Shoreditch where Andi worked. Since meeting, they have opened their own restaurant together, Wadadli Kitchen.
In addition to her own restaurant, Andi has carved out a successful career in television and radio.
She first appeared on the Great British Menu as a substitute judge for Prue Leith, who left to join rival show the Great British Bake Off. Andi later became a host of the program.
Andi has also been a regular voice on BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet show and the same station’s Food show. She also presented Beat the Chef, which aired on Channel 4, and was on the jury for ITV’s Food Glorious Food.
Andi’s successful career is mirrored by her daughter, Miquita Oliver, 37, who has also had TV and radio opportunities.
She hosted Popworld on Channel 4 before presenting her own program, the Month with Miquita, broadcast on 4Music. For the BBC, Miquita presented Young, British and Broke: The Truth About Payday Loans and was featured in 24 Hours in the Past.
She also landed gigs on radio, working with both BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Andi and her daughter, Miquita, have since appeared in a BBC Two documentary exploring their Caribbean identity, named the Caribbean with Andi and Miquita.
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