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 furnace-man in a steelworks as a student, to finance his studies in Fine Artsat Goldsmiths, where he then joined the BBC as a make-up artist specialising in prosthetics. Hailing from North East England, Si is a 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 and Asian Adventure. In recent years, viewers watched Si and Dave on BBC2′s The Pubs That Built Britain, which saw them exploring hundreds of years of history and extraordinary traditions of various British watering holes. Northern Exposure saw Dave and Si head north on a Baltic adventure in search of local flavours and cuisines, and last year the pair also 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 own BBC1 show Operation People Power. Most recently, the Bikers cooked some of their favourite dishes for BBC1 series Comfort Food.
The Hairy Bikers have written eighteen books to date, including Perfect Pies, Big Book of Baking and Great Curries. Their most recent publications are Chicken & Egg; a tie-in to the TV series and Fast Food; the latest edition in The Hairy Dieters series. Back in 2012, the guys 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, leading to the launch of online-subscription based weight-loss club: The Hairy Bikers’ Diet Club.