With their irresistible enthusiasm, Si King and Dave Myers have become national treasures.
Big hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food, they have been cooking together for more than twenty years.
Born and bred in Barrow-in-Furness, Dave Myers’ versatile skills have taken him to some unusual places. He worked as a furnaceman in a steelworks as a student, to finance his studies in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths, where he then joined the BBC as a make-up artist specialising in prosthetics. Hailing from North East England, Si is a big, blonde-bearded biker with a charm that’s vital when it comes to getting into people’s hearts and homes. He worked for many years as a First Assistant Director and Locations Manager for film and television, including the Harry Potter films.
Their television back catalogue includes over 20 series’ including Mums Know Best, Bakeation, Meals on Wheels and Asian Adventures. In 2012, the boys shed more than six stone between them on Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight. The tie-in paperback book knocked 50 Shades of Grey off the top of the bestsellers charts and sold 1.5 million copies. They have since published a second Hairy Dieters book and launched an online-subscription based weight-loss club: The Hairy Bikers’ Diet Club.
The Hairy Bikers have written fifteen books to date, including Perfect Pies, Big Book of Baking and Great Curries. Dave and Si most recently published Meat Feasts on September 2015, and their memoirs, Blood, Sweat and Tyres, on 5th November.
Viewers watched Si and Dave on BBC2′s The Pubs That Built Britain, which sees them exploring hundreds of years of history and extraordinary traditions of various British watering holes. Northern Exposure, a programme that sees Dave and Si head north on a Baltic adventure in search of local flavours and cuisines, aired in the autumn of 2015; while earlier this year, the pair celebrated Chinese New Year for a series on BBC2.
Si and Dave recently presented Chicken & Egg on BBC2, where they biked across Europe, the Middle East and America in search of the best chicken and egg recipes, while Dave also fronted his new show Operation People Power, which aired on BBC1 at every day from Monday 12th to Friday 16th December. You can currently watch The Hairy Bikers’ on their show Comfort Food (BBC1).
Dave and Si are both Members of the Food Writers’ Guild. Dave lives with his wife and step-children in Barrow-in-Furness, whilst Si lives in Newcastle and has three children