Theo Michaels, Masterchef 2014

Theo Michaels

About Theo Michaels

Celebrity Chef | Author | Sometimes on the telly and radio 🙂

Theo has full Greek Cypriot blood, but born and bred in the UK. Theo has lived in America for five years and eaten his way around most of the planet with a backpack. He is now married with three children and no way will his wife backpack again.

Theo combines his love of fresh Greek Cypriot and global cuisine with the reality of modern life with a little innovation thrown in.

After reaching the heats of the semi-finals on Masterchef 2014 Theo resigned from his IT business of 15 years to follow his passion for ‘food’ and never looked back.

Theo is successful published author; his first cook book; Microwave Mug Meals published by Lorenz Books was a huge success and he has just finished his second book out later this year (2017).

In Theo’s day-job he is an accomplished private chef (booked six months in advance) and runs a successful pop-up restaurant (waiting list 700+). For his events, Theo is known for cooking ‘elegant village food’ inspired by the flavours of Cyprus and his travels. Here are some of Theo’s reviews.

When creating recipes or cooking for the public Theo firmly believes in keeping things in context of modern life: “We would all like to eat like a Greek; grazing over dinner with the family for several hours. But the reality of modern life in the UK isn’t conducive; we’re too busy! But with a little innovation everyone can cook using fresh ingredients no matter how much time they have”.

Theo has appeared numerous times on ITV’s flagship daytime show This Morning as a guest chef and is regularly on BBC’s Weekend Kitchen radio show. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast News, Sky TV, The Food Network among others. Theo is often called upon by the national press for comment and interview on private dining, food and drink trends and for recipe inspiration. He’s also regularly spotted cooking at food festivals. Theo’s inspiration for food varies from his roots, his travels, to cooking for his family and his love of anything cooked over charcoal.

Theo Michaels was born in London (a while ago), has lived in America for five years and eaten his way through a lot of the globe with a backpack. He is now married with two children and no way will his wife backpack again.

Over to Theo:


Thanks for visiting my site! After Masterchef, (more here on that) I decided to hang up my suit and start a new life donning an apron instead. My background is Greek Cypriot which is where my family are from and is the food I love – but I’m a bit of a gastronomic slut and love food from all over the world..

I don’t know if it’s my Greek Cypriot blood that has incorporated the act of creating and sharing food with people into my DNA or that it’s just become habit after trying to woo my now wife for years through various candlelit dinners.

Food for me is simple – it brings people together; the family that eats together, friends whiling away a few hours, or me sitting in a distant land smiling as I eat the most hideous of dishes and the locals all smiling back knowing how God-awful it is – in lieu of the spoken word – we’ve bonded…

It is a pleasurable function of life that should be shared and enjoyed; otherwise what’s the point? Might as well become a vegan… 🙂 All my recipes on my blog come from the heart and is the food we eat at home, some of the more challenging recipes I create I’ve saved for my popup restaurant and private dining events.

My epicurean quest for culinary fulfillment has almost always gone hand in hand with my thirst for exploring foreign lands, which is why I felt obliged to share some of the travel stories that have inspired the food I love to cook.

But ultimately, I want my recipes on to be accessible and easy for families and people to cook and enjoy.


You can contact me here or..

…follow my Youtube channel or hear about what I’m doing on twitter.


Twitter @theocooks

5 Responses to About Theo Michaels – Chef, Author, TV and Radio bloke…

  1. suzy says:

    Nice one Theo!

  2. Hi Theo,

    I missed MC this year as I was in Hospital. Yes, there are TV’s in the rooms but being in Spain means no English Channels (not a great help to recovery LOL). I came across your blog by accident in my search for slow cooked Greek Lamb recipe. I’ll be cooking this today for a feast with the In-laws tonight. Your recipe and instructions look easy enough so here goes and I’ll come back to comment on the recipe.

    Love your style and attitude we could almost be related (hee hee).


  3. Jazzna says:

    hiya theo,

    tho you left the masterchef race to the final, you remain in my memory as one of the funniest quirkiest and most relaxed guys with an apron! hehe
    the kitchen/dinner table is not just a place of perfectly executed dishes, its also a place of fun and laughter…
    thank you for making this series of masterchef even more so enjoyable with your presence…
    wishing you all the best in the future, stay the cool cat that you are! 🙂
    xx jazzna

  4. Jo says:

    This design is spectacular! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos (in Laos), I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really love what you have written!

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