Matt Tebbutt has been a staple of British television for years, hosting many popular cooking shows. He is best known for BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, but also hosted Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped and ITV’s Save Money: Good Food.
But Tebbutt’s career is far from the most interesting thing about him — from his 21-year marriage, to twice attending A&E for cat bites, to his published books, there’s a lot more to know. on the star than his cooking skills.
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Tebbutt first appeared on our television screens in 2009, presenting Saturday Kitchen on BBC One. Since then he has been a regular guest host on the show before making it a permanent feature. He has also co-hosted Food Unwrapped and Save Money: Good Food, as well as appearances on Market Kitchen, The Great British Menu and Drop Down Menu.
But despite this impressive range of appearances, he prefers his own food to be simple. He told the Great British Food Awards: “My go-to dish is a really good piece of meat or fish cooked simply and simply.
“I don’t like stuff and mousse – there’s nothing nicer than a piece of grilled meat with good seasonal produce. Well thought out cuisine with really fresh ingredients, simply cooked in good company and good wine is my ideal meal.”
Tebbutt has also published several books, including Guilty Pleasures and Weekend: Eating at Home: From Long Lazy Lunches to Fast Family Fixes, which was released in November last year.
Matt argued with the Bake Off star
Tebbutt is well known for his outspokenness and clashed with a former Bake Off contestant during an appearance on Daily Kitchen Live in 2021. Ruby Tandoh, who was a runner-up on the highly rated show in 2013, called Tebbutt from ‘g**’ online after Matt appeared co-hosting alongside Jack Monroe, famous for campaigning against food poverty.
This was after Tebbutt made discouraging remarks about Monroe’s use of bottled lemon juice rather than fresh lemons, saying he found the bottled juice “distressing” and reminded him of a “day of pancakes in the 70s”.
The Bake Off finalist said: “What’s the point of co-hosting a cooking show with @BootstrapCook [Jack Monroe] for affordable and accessible recipes if you spend half your time gorging on bottled lemon juice and frozen spinach. GROW honestly.”
Separately, Tebbutt once had to apologize after swearing live at the start of an episode of Saturday Kitchen after he didn’t realize a microphone was on.
Is Matt Tebbutt married?
Before it first appeared on our screens, Matt Tebbutt and his wife Lisa ran the Foxhunter restaurant in Nant-y-Derry, Monmouthshire. Matt and Lisa recently celebrated their 21st birthday.
The restaurant closed in 2015 after more than 13 years, but not before winning AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales in 2004. The couple have two children, a son named Henry and a daughter named Jessie.
Last month, Tebbutt left fans worried after he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. Posting to his Instagram, the chef posted a photo captioned, “Me, morphine drip and emergency appendectomy.”
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An appendectomy is an operation to remove the appendix if it becomes infected. He thanked the staff at The Grange Hospital in Gwent, praising the “brilliant health service” and saying he was “so grateful”.
It’s not the only recent occasion the TV star has spoken highly of the NHS, having thanked it for its help when he had to go to hospital twice for treatment for a cat bite.
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