Dean Edwards (Saturday)

Dean Edwards at Nottingham Food FestivalDean Edwards has been a regular chef on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’ since 2010 but first made his debut on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ in September 2009 where he featured in a weekly cookery slot, creating dishes for the ITV audience. He has been an incredibly popular addition to the show, which in the past has launched the television careers of chefs such as John Torode, Gino D’Acampo and Phil Vickery.

After coming second in BBC’s Masterchef Goes Large in 2006, he sought to change his life radically by leaving his career as a “digger driver” to pursue his love of cooking and food.

A stint at the 2 Michelin-starred Midsummer House in Cambridge followed and after which, Dean returned home to Bristol

Dean appeared on Food Uncut in 2006, which generated a lot of interest from various productions companies resulting in him landing 11 part series ‘Take on the Takeaway’ which aired on BBC2 in the summer of 2007. Dean has also appeared on ‘Market Kitchen’ and ‘Saturday Cookbook’.

Dean’s love of food was inspired by his father, who cooked beautifully but was a tradesman by profession. Although he became a digger driver, Dean always cooked for the love of it, so he was persuaded to enter Masterchef by his friends and family. He went all the way to the final and was pipped at the post but inspired thousands of viewers to call in and pledge their support for Dean and complain that he should have won. The BBC’s food website was swamped too.

In recent times he has worked with brands such as ‘Kingsmill’ bread, ‘Kikkoman’ soy sauce, ‘British Asparagus’ and ‘Three Barrels Brandy. He has also been a regular contributor to ‘Fabulous Magazine’ since 2010. Dean’s first cookbook entitled ‘Mincespiration’ was published in February 2013.