Merrilees Parker
British chef
Merrilees Parker
Merrilees Parker is a British celebrity chef and TV presenter. She is mainly known for presenting television programmes combining food and travel as well as various more traditional cookery programmes. Parker is also renowned for the menu she presented working for the pub The Lansdowne in Primrose Hill in London. Parker's distinguishing characteristics are her no-nonsense cooking style and her passionate method of presenting. Many of her recipes are freely available online.
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  • 2008
    Age 36
    On 10 August 2008, Parker presented a documentary on Channel 4 called 'Kill it Skin it Wear it'.
    More Details Hide Details The publicity for the show stated: "Chef Merrilees Parker admits to liking fur, but can she kill it, skin it and still wear it? She wants to find out if it's possible to source ethical fur as we source ethical food." At the age of 17, Parker worked as a chalet girl in France, where she impressed the chef. Upon returning to the UK, Parker worked for The Eagle which was the first gastropub in London. Later, she opened her own gastropub. Parker has been the chef at the The Lansdowne in Primrose Hill in London. Here she developed her personal cooking style and received good reviews. She was head chef at The Greyhound in Sonning Common. While working for Antony Worrall Thompson's company, Wiz Events, Parker provided consultancy for his restaurants and catered for several events and cookery demonstrations. She now runs her own catering company called Pink, together with Bernadette Fitzpatrick, also of Worrall Thompson's company.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    In 2007, Parker joined the Westminster Arctic Challenge.
    More Details Hide Details This charity event raised awareness and money for several causes. The participants included several members of parliament, representatives of the charities, and a journalist. The participants went on a challenging sponsored trek to the Arctic on husky-powered sledges.
    In 2007, she was a judge on the ITV1 cooking show, Soapstar Superchef.
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    She appeared as a guest chef on Daily Cooks and Saturday Cooks on ITV in 2007, and, in 2008, appeared regularly as a contestant on Daily Cooks Challenge.
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  • 2006
    Age 34
    In 2006, Parker co-presented Food Uncut on UKTV Food with Stefan Gates and Jean-Christophe Novelli.
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  • 2005
    Age 33
    In 2005, she presented the BBC programme Full on Food, together with Heston Blumenthal and Richard Corrigan.
    More Details Hide Details For this programme, she travelled to various cultures to sample their traditional cooking. Amongst the most memorable and inspiring locations she visited for the programme, Parker mentions Hanoi and Peru. For the programme Planet Food, she made several more travel and cookery documentaries in which she visited one country or region per episode, met with interesting local chefs and tasted local foods. Inter alia, she visited the Caribbean, Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Scandinavia. Parker also co-presented Orgasmic Organic and Great Food Live. She appeared on Taste, for British Sky Broadcasting, and on Saturday Kitchen, for the BBC.
  • 2001
    Age 29
    In 2001, she was the regular chef on the BBC day-time show House Call.
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  • 1999
    Age 27
    Parker became a familiar face as a television chef in 1999 on a long-running BBC series Anything You Can Cook, which she presented together with Brian Turner.
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  • 1997
    Age 25
    She began presenting in 1997 on a television programme called Barbecue Bible, in which she was credited as the Home Economist.
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  • 1996
    Age 24
    In 1996, she began her career in television as a researcher on the BBC cookery programme Ready Steady Cook.
    More Details Hide Details She also researched for Channel 4.
  • 1971
    Born on August 11, 1971.
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