Exclusive Interview with Dean Edwards

Celebrity Chef Dean Edwards on Gareth Ainsworth’s Greatest Goal, Spraying Lorraine Kelly with Cake Batter and Serving Mange Tout to Del Boy

Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe caught up with daytime telly favourite and MasterChef finalist Dean Edwards ahead of their annual this year’s Food Fair.

Dean, we’re delighted that you’ve kindly agreed to be one of the celebrity guests at Eden’s Food Fair. It’ll be your second visit to High Wycombe in quick succession as you played in the Sellebrity Soccer match in aid of the Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust last year. Are you developing a soft spot for the town?

I’ve actually played at Wycombe Wanderers Twice now and its always a fantastic occasion, the fans always turn out in huge numbers raising much needed funds for the incredible charities involved. The Gaffer, Gareth Ainsworth, actually scored one of the greatest goals I’ve ever seen during a game, an overhead kick from outside of the box. I’m hoping for a great turn out at the food fair.

You were clearly influenced by your Dad, who we hear was also a great cook. How important is it to encourage children to be creative in the kitchen?

I come from a foodie family, mealtimes were always a family occasion and it’s important to pass this onto my daughter Indie as I want her to develop her own passion for food. I’m very lucky that she is open to trying most things and I always find that getting her involved in the cooking process encourages her to try new ingredients and cuisines.

It has to be tough being a Dad, being on the TV and trying to maintain a normal life, how do you manage it?

I’m just a normal bloke who is fortunate enough to get to do something I absolutely love on a daily basis. I honestly do pinch myself every day when I think about how much life has changed for me and I’m so grateful for some of the things that both myself and my family have got to experience over the years.

You’ve been gracing our TVs on ‘Lorraine’ and many other shows for over ten years now. You’re clearly a fan favourite with your passion for food and cool delivery. What’s been your most memorable TV moment?

I think it has to be cooking for two of my heroes, first up the amazing ‘Man V Food’ star Adam Richman and then Del Boy himself David Jason. I’m a huge ‘only Fools and Horses’ fan so this was a dream come true, I actually served him up some mange tout, I kid you not.

When you’re cooking live on TV every week, there has to have been some mishaps, what’s your favourite blooper?

Things always go wrong on live TV but the best one for me was spraying Lorraine Kelly with a load of cake batter, not only did I cover her dress but then the whisk attachment popped out and landed on the floor, all I could do was laugh it off and whisk away the old school method.

Fantasy dinner party time. Which four guests would you most like to invite to your place for dinner?

Easy one for me for pure entertainment it would be Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington. I’m a bit of a Star Wars geek too so Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker would be a welcome addition to the table. Finally, just for pure comedy I’d like to see what Gordon Ramsay thought of my food? Would I have a kitchen nightmare cooking for one of my food idols?

You cook wonderfully accessible and healthy food. But you must have a guilty culinary secret. What floats your boat when nobody is looking?

Ok we all have one, unfortunately I have two!! The first being a cheese, red onion and chip sandwich with the fresh white bread, the second is Daim bar, my favourite chocolate ever ha ha.

What’s the worst thing someone has cooked for you and who cooked it?

Strangely enough I don’t often get people cooking for me so there’s not been a lot of opportunity for that. My partner Liz keeps threatening to cook me her speciality dish of super noodles topped with mozzarella, I think I’ll keep trying to dodge this dinner.

It’s a balmy summer’s day and you’re in the garden. What’s on the stereo, on your plate and in your glass?

Ok I’m a huge fan of the BBQ, nothing crazy, some chicken wings with a spicy and sticky glaze along with a cooling blue cheese and sour cream dip would do me every time. All washed down with a crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a quality 80s-90s playlist pumping out on the stereo.

Dean Edwards can be seen with Cbeebies ‘I Can Cook’ host, Katy Ashworth cooking live on stage during Eden’s annual FREE family friendly food fair on Saturday 6th July. This free family-friendly event features live music, the Bucks Bake Off cake arena, a host of the finest local producers alongside Eden eateries. For a full schedule visit edenshopping.co.uk/foodfair .