Matt Tebbutt may be known for his cooking skills on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, but there’s more to cooking star than a fine dish and good conversation.
Since his 21-year marriage, his published books and his visit to A&E not once but twice for cat bites, the 48-year-old presenter has much more to offer than his culinary prowess, reports My London.
An interesting starter course, if you will, is that he was also born on Christmas Eve – just like boy band superstar Louis Tomlinson, so there’s a connection you never knew you needed.
Matt has been a familiar face on British television for years, having made his debut in Saturday Kitchen in 2009.
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He’s also hosted Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped and ITV’s Save Money: Good Food, as well as appearances on Market Kitchen, The Great British Menu and Drop Down Menu, so it’s safe to say his cooking experience is quite extensive. .
And yet, despite making delicious plates of food in his day, Matt likes to keep his own meals 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.”
He added: “Well thought out cuisine with really fresh ingredients, simply cooked in good company and good wine is my ideal meal.
Matt has published a fairly extensive range of cookbooks, including Guilty Pleasures and Weekend: Eating at Home: From Long Lazy Lunches to Fast Family Fixes, which was published in November last year.
Matt argued with the Bake Off star
Having a somewhat outspoken personality tends to come with the territory of being, well, a television personality.
And Matt isn’t shy about showing his, having previously clashed with a Bake Off contestant during an appearance on Daily Kitchen Live in 2021.
Former runner-up Ruby Tandoh, who competed in the 2013 series, called Tebbutt a “g**” online after Matt appeared co-hosting alongside Jack Monroe, who is famous for campaigning against food poverty.
Matt had made discouraging comments about Monroe’s preferred use of bottled lemon juice over fresh lemons.
In a rather dramatic moment, he said he found the bottled juice “distressing”, and that it reminded him of a “pancake day 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.”
Is Matt Tebbutt married?
Matt is married and recently celebrated his 21st wedding anniversary with his wife Lisa, having been together before their television debut.
The couple ran the Foxhunter restaurant in Nant-y-Derry, Monmouthshire, which won the AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales in 2004.
After 13 years, the restaurant closed in 2015.
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.
Sharing a photo with his 71,800 Instagram followers, he captioned the pic, “Me morphine drip and emergency appendectomy.”
He thanked the staff at The Grange Hospital in Gwent, praising the “brilliant health service” and saying he was “so grateful”.
Matt has made two previous trips to A&E for treatment for a cat bite.
Matt was originally focusing on a career as an RAF pilot when he decided to change direction and become a chef.
In an interview with Yours magazine, he said: ‘I was an RAF Air Cadet while studying anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and got into the habit of cook for my fellow cadets in the squadron.
“I discovered that I wasn’t too bad. It changed the course of my life.
“I decided that signing up for a career in the RAF was not the right thing for me and took a frying pan instead!”
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