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Lifting the Lid

Andi Peters

What can I say about Andi Peters that hasn't been said before? Well, he started his career as a Children's BBC continuity announcer while I started announcing for the grown ups on BBC1 and BBC2. And our paths have crossed one more time, with cooking playing an important part in both our lives.

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Paul Hollywood

He was trained as a sculptor, but lucky for us, decided to turn his hand at baking and is now one of the best known artisan bakers in the UK. But will the dashing Paul Hollywood rise to the occasion (yes, it had to go in somewhere) and reveal what makes him genuinely tick?

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Jay Rayner

Can the Observer's restaurant critic and novelist cut the mustard in our Lifting the Lid feature? 

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Paul Merrett

Chef and TV personality Paul Merrett makes a mean bread and butter pudding. But will he spill the beans in our quick fire round? Paul spent the first three years of his career as an apprentice chef at the Ritz in London’s Piccadilly. Now, he is the Chef and Joint Owner of The Victoria in SW14.

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Silvena Rowe

Silvena Rowe's distinctive style of cooking combines her Eastern European heritage with a modern British twist. But will the feisty and energetic Bulgarian born chef handle the heat of the quick fire round?

 

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Paul Zerdin

Arguably, the UK's top ventriloquist, Paul Zerdin and his posse of Sam, Baby and Albert may look cute and cuddly on the outside but when they open their mouths, you're certain to get a taste of their razor sharp tongues. Here Paul lifts the lid on his foodie habits.

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John Humphrys

Known for his inimitable style of interviewing, he has had politicians' feathers ruffled and he is the presenter of Radio 4's flagship current affairs breakfast programme Today and also BBC2's quiz series Mastermind.So can the tables be turned and more importantly, can John handle heat of the Indian kitchen? We put him under pressure to respond to the questions below.

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Stefan Gates

In his own words, he has the best job in the world. He's a food adventurer who spends his life cooking, eating, talking and travelling to discover the world and its people. Just like Stefan, there's a bit of a gastrounaut in all of us. Here, he reveals some of his culinary eccentricities and a recipe for his Bum Sandwich (sorry mum)

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Phil Wilding

Philip Wilding is a journalist, writer and producer for both radio and TV. He once wrestled Phill Jupitus to the floor, but they soon made up and went on to launch the BBC 6 Music network.

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James Asher

Worldbeat recording artist and producer James Asher performs as a drummer with several musical ensembles - Moondance (ceilidh band), Peter Willson Quartet(jazz), Big Al Trio(boogie woogie) and Howlin` Blues(blues). He also recorded over 20 albums in his own right: see www.james-asher.co.uk

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Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin is a versatile presenter, journalist and newsreader. She is a guest presenter on the One Show and presents Missing Live and Real Rescues on BBC One

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Charlie Clements

Actor Charlie Clements played the hapless, lovesick property salesman Bradley Branning on the UK's number one soap Eastenders for four years and more recently, he was literally treading the boards in a Dickens based stage play called the Haunting. Here, Charlie talks about one of his passions and that's cooking good food.

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