Brian Turner was born and brought up in Yorkshire, his culinary background shaped by his experience of eating and learning to cook 'good English food' - steak pudding, fish and chips, pork pies and trifle were all family favourites when he was a lad. Now one of the country's top chefs and restaurateurs, and chairman of the Academy of Culinary Arts, he has never lost sight of the Great British traditions that formed the foundation stone of his career. With his typical brand of banter and good humour, he leads us through his collection of classic recipes, from mulligatawny soup and Welsh rarebit to shepherd's pie and spotted dick - everything from comfort food to sophisticated dishes for modern entertaining.
After finishing catering college in Leeds, Brian Turner moved to London where he honed his culinary skills at several of the capital's top hotels and restaurants, starting with Simpson's in the Strand. He worked for the Capital Hotel for 15 years before opening his own restaurant, Turner's, in 1986. He is also a regular on television programmes such as Ready Steady Cook and is hosting a new ITV show, Too Many Cooks, starting in November 2004. Spring 2003 saw the launch of his new London restaurant, 'Brian Turner Mayfair', which champions British food.