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Kids Lockdown Cookbook

Kids Lockdown Cookbook

The Kids Lockdown Cookbook is here! Grab your copy today! During lockdown me and the kids hosted a live cookalong three times a week, every week for 3 months doing a total of 36 live shows! By popular demand I’ve finally produced The Kids Lockdown…

My new book – Rustica!

My new book – Rustica!

Rustica – Mediterranean village food by Theo Michaels – published 22nd September 2020 Rustica is Theo’s fifth cookbook and an inspiration of Mediterranean cooking. Published by Ryland Peters & Small. Photography by Mowie Kay A collection of delicious recipes inspired by the simple dishes enjoyed…

FiveDinners.com – my new meal planning service!

FiveDinners.com – my new meal planning service!

Welcome to our new weekly meal planning service – FiveDinners.com Join hundreds of others now making their mealtimes easier at FiveDinners.com Each week Theo creates five new recipes with one shopping list so you have everything you need in one place when you shop. Our…

My New Book is out now! Microwave Mug Soups

My New Book is out now! Microwave Mug Soups

After the great success we had with my first book last year (Microwave Mug Meals) I’ve been busy writing my second; Microwave Mug Soups which is out now! You can pick up a copy at Waterstones online and Amazon and a plethora of other bookstores…

Theo working with David Lloyd Clubs to bring you fast, delicious and healthy recipes

Theo working with David Lloyd Clubs to bring you fast, delicious and healthy recipes

Curried Chicken and Gnocchi recipe cooked en papillote is part of a new series of brand new recipes I’ve created especially for the lovely folk at David Lloyd Clubs – and this is the first one out! Want something fast, healthy and tasty to ward…

TheoMichaels.com Now Live – new website

TheoMichaels.com Now Live – new website

TheoMichaels.com is now live! The new official home to me – Theo Michaels! TheoCooks.com (where you are now!) will continue to deliver great recipes with lots more coming and focus on all things food. Meanwhile TheoMichaels.com will be my own little home on the internet…

Theo’s Guest Chef Appearance on ITV This Morning June 2017

Theo’s Guest Chef Appearance on ITV This Morning June 2017

Another great show this week on ITV’s This Morning with Philip and Holly (and a surprise appearance by Ryland – who knew he was scared of fish! :)) I whipped up three great summertime microwave mug meals (more microwave mug meal recipes here), this is…

Guest Chef at Paresa Resort Phuket, Thailand

Guest Chef at Paresa Resort Phuket, Thailand

Guest Chef at the Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand.   I wave goodbye to Bangkok and the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit after my first celebrity guest chef appearance and fly into Phuket which only takes about an hour to fly. Check out the links above for traveling in…

Guest Chef at Sheraton Grande Bangkok (Sukhumvit)

Guest Chef at Sheraton Grande Bangkok (Sukhumvit)

Guest Chef at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok. Last week  (May-2017l) I was lucky enough to be invited by the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok to visit as their guest celebrity chef and host a two-night, exclusive food and wine pairing event. Well, I say host,…

Microwave Recipes – Puffin, Chocolate Orange Cake and Jerk Shepherds Pie as seen on ITV This Morning Jan-17

Microwave Recipes – Puffin, Chocolate Orange Cake and Jerk Shepherds Pie as seen on ITV This Morning Jan-17

Microwave Recipes – another great show on ITV’s This Morning with Philip and Holly – I love those guys! Today we cooked three delicious Microwave Mug Meals! Today we had fun microwave cooking my Puffin in a Mug (love child of a pizza and a…

ITV This Morning Christmas Special – Theo cooking Christmas dinner in a mug!

ITV This Morning Christmas Special – Theo cooking Christmas dinner in a mug!

I had another wonderful day with the folks at ITV’s This Morning cooking my Christmas Dinner special – in a mug! If you missed the show you can watch my segment below. The amazing production team at This Morning (whom I have to thank for…

ITV’s This Morning – Theo’s Microwave Mug Meals

ITV’s This Morning – Theo’s Microwave Mug Meals

A great day had for my debut appearance on ITV’s This Morning where I was lucky enough to showcase three recipes from my new cookbook Microwave Mug Meals. I cooked my Stuffed Chicken Breast wrapped in Pancetta on a cumin and chick pea ragu, Laos…

Reveal Magazine – Microwave Mug Meals Cook Book

Reveal Magazine – Microwave Mug Meals Cook Book

Reveal Magazine feature Microwave Mug Meals cookbook by Theo Michaels (that’s meeee!).

Best Magazine – Microwave Mug Meals Feature

Best Magazine – Microwave Mug Meals Feature

Best Magazine are a lovely bunch of people and I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with them for a while. This time they’ve featured one of my recipes from my new book – Microwave Mug Meals!

Mercury feature Theo’s Microwave Mug Meals

Mercury feature Theo’s Microwave Mug Meals

The guys at the Hertfordshire Mercury Newspaper have always been super supportive and were lovely enough to feature a little article on my new cook book.

“London’s Best Home Dining Services” by Evening Standard (private chefs)

“London’s Best Home Dining Services” by Evening Standard (private chefs)

“London’s Best Home Dining Services” by Evening Standard I won’t brag because anyone that knows me knows how humble and modest I am (anyone that knows me is shaking their head in disbelief about now). See a snippet of the article below! Not much to…

BBC 3CR Weekend Kitchen Oct-2016 with Kim, Justine, Nick Coffer (and me!)

BBC 3CR Weekend Kitchen Oct-2016 with Kim, Justine, Nick Coffer (and me!)

Another great show on the BBC 3CR Weekend Kitchen programme with Nick Coffer, the amazing Justine Pattison and uber-talented Kim co-owner of the Cinnamon Travelling Cafe. This weeks BBC 3CR Weekend kitchen show had Kim making the most incredibly delicious jerk chicken curry that had…

St Albans Food Festival 2016 with Theo’s cooking demo (microwave mug meals)

St Albans Food Festival 2016 with Theo’s cooking demo (microwave mug meals)

I had a great day this weekend on the kitchen demo stage at the St. Albans Food Festival. I was on stage with Jonny Seabrook who’s a great compere and a thoroughly decent chap as well! I’ve done a few of the local food festivals…

Judging at the Quality Food Awards 2016

Judging at the Quality Food Awards 2016

I was recently honored to be invited to judge at the Quality Food Awards 2016 UK. The judging panel is made up of industry experts and the head honcho’s for various businesses within the food industry. Whether that be big scale food suppliers, recipe developers…

Financial Times Article – Private Chef Theo Michaels!

Financial Times Article – Private Chef Theo Michaels!

Great article written by Naomi Rovnick for the Financial Times (FT Money) today (Sunday 18th Sept 2016). Lifestyle Consultants – Hire Your Own Chef featuring Theo Michaels (that’s me!) Check out more of my news here.

Theo performs at Carfest North (on the Kitchen stage – not the main stage!)

Theo performs at Carfest North (on the Kitchen stage – not the main stage!)

What a great day! A whole day of cars, music and food at Carfest North!   I was up there as part of the Simply Good Food TV team performing a cooking demo to the crowd with one of my recipes from my new cook…

Sheredes School Annual Masterchef Competition 2016

Sheredes School Annual Masterchef Competition 2016

Every year I go back to Sheredes (my old school) and we hold an Annual (unofficial) Masterchef competition. It’s really good fun, we do a demo day a month before the competition day where I come into the school and demo a few dishes to…

Don’t mention Booty-Call on the Radio… (Bobotie Recipe)

Don’t mention Booty-Call on the Radio… (Bobotie Recipe)

Who knew there was a South African dish called Bobotie? Well, I didn’t. A funny moment on the Weekend Kitchen show in this episode; at my expense… So… here’s what happens when you mention a booty-call on BBC Radio… By the way, the picture is…

Opening Weber World BBQ Showroom at the Riverside Garden Centre

Opening Weber World BBQ Showroom at the Riverside Garden Centre

Welcome to the new Weber World BBQ Showroom at the Riverside Garden Centre in Hertfordshire. I was recently invited to cut the ribbon at the opening of the new Weber World BBQ Showroom at the Riverside Garden Centre in Hertford. The Riverside Garden Centre is set in…

Photoshoot for my new Cookbook – Day 1! | Microwave Meals

Photoshoot for my new Cookbook – Day 1! | Microwave Meals

Some of you may have heard that I was lucky enough to sign with a publisher to write my first cookbook, a microwave meals cookbook no less! Well, I’ve spent the last 6 months developing new microwave recipes for my book and I finally finished.…

My First Episode on Simply Good Food TV out now

My First Episode on Simply Good Food TV out now

My first episode is out now on Simply Good Food TV! We filmed this cooking video (how to make a Watermelon and Feta Salad Bowl) in the height of summer so was nice to bring a bit of sunshine back into our lives!

Being a Judge at the Waterstones Bake-off…

Being a Judge at the Waterstones Bake-off…

The phone call goes abit like this: “Is that Theo?”, “Yes it is”, “Would you like to come and eat lots of cake and judge a bake-off at Waterstones in St.Albans and again at Waterstones Welwyn Garden City?”, “Sorry, did you say eat lots of…

Harpenden Town Mayor’s Fine Dining Night with Theo Michaels (that’s me!)

Harpenden Town Mayor’s Fine Dining Night with Theo Michaels (that’s me!)

Well, I felt as if I was mixing with Harpenden royalty one winters night earlier this month. I was honoured to be asked to host the Harpenden Mayor’s charity fundraising dinner for 40 guests.

My Cooking Demo at Harpenden & St. Albans Food Festival 2015

My Cooking Demo at Harpenden & St. Albans Food Festival 2015

I love food festivals! And this years Harpenden and St. Albans food festivals were no exception. This year has to be the busiest yet and featured some awesome foodies of all walks of life; producers, chefs, farmers and tons of people just strolling around enjoying…

BBC Radio Weekend Kitchen Show with Nick Coffer – another great morning!

BBC Radio Weekend Kitchen Show with Nick Coffer – another great morning!

I really, I mean, really, really, enjoy going on the BBC Weekend Kitchen show with host Nick Coffer. 1. I get to eat loads of great food. 2. I get to meet loads of excellent (and usually very cool) chefs. 3. I don’t have to…

Herts Advertiser review my private dining service by Becky Alexander

Herts Advertiser review my private dining service by Becky Alexander

Becky Alexander is a wonderful and well known food writer and book editor and I recently had the pleasure of cooking for Becky and three other guests. Check out the full article below..

Food Critics and my reviews…gulp!

Food Critics and my reviews…gulp!

I was invited by La Belle Assiette to host a ‘validation dinner’, in their words, they ‘invite 8 guests to take part as the jury…and evaluate the menu prepared by the chef‘. So I get to let my cooking juices run wild and then remain in a…

Just finished filming my first series for Simply Good Food TV

Just finished filming my first series for Simply Good Food TV

Lights! Camera! Action! Where’s he’s gone? Just finished filming my first 6 part series for Simply Good Food TV and thought I’d post a couple of behind the scenes pictures to sneak a look at!

Theo on BBC Radio Weekend Kitchen with Nick Coffer and Hannah Miles

Theo on BBC Radio Weekend Kitchen with Nick Coffer and Hannah Miles

A great day recording (and eating!) on BBC Radio’s Nick Coffer’s Weekend Kitchen show with Hannah Miles and Margaret Knox. Listen to a snippet if you want.

Theo announced as Winner of 2015 Best Lifestyle Service Award!

Theo announced as Winner of 2015 Best Lifestyle Service Award!

OMG! Thank you to everyone that voted for me (or rather TheoCooks) – I couldn’t have done it without you.

BBC Radio 3CR – Theo joins Nick Coffer on his Weekend Kitchen Show

BBC Radio 3CR – Theo joins Nick Coffer on his Weekend Kitchen Show

It’s always a pleasure to join Nick Coffer and two of three other foodie fanatics on his BBC Radio 3CR Weekend Kitchen show and this months show was no exception (and very funny – you can listen to a clip below). It was also the first to…

400 waiting list, 200 guests, 7 Popups and 1 gratifying masochist chef!

400 waiting list, 200 guests, 7 Popups and 1 gratifying masochist chef!

On Friday 26th June 2015 the doors opened to my 7th popup restaurant in Harpenden. That’s now over 200 guests, 7 popup restuarant nights and one very happy (and knackered) chef!

Biggest Private Dining to date – 63 black tie event! BOOM!

Biggest Private Dining to date – 63 black tie event! BOOM!

I have no idea whether this is of interest to anyone but I’m well chuffed and had to tell someone! Last weekend I cooked and served  the largest private party so far – a black tie event for 63. I cooked a beautiful three course meal,…

TheoCooks – shortlisted for Best Lifestyle Service!

TheoCooks – shortlisted for Best Lifestyle Service!

My Private Dining and Popup Restaurant made it through to the shortlist of nominations for the Best Lifestyle Service for the MumsGuideTo.co.uk 2015 Business Awards! We’ll find out who’s won later this year!

Mercury Newspaper – Celebrity Chef To Star In New Channel (that’s me btw..)

Mercury Newspaper – Celebrity Chef To Star In New Channel (that’s me btw..)

The lovely folks at the Hertfordshire Mercury wrote a great article on my new upcoming series with Simply Good Food TV. You can read more about the new series in the previous post, but for those that want to see the print copy, here it…

Theo’s first series starts soon on Simply Good Food TV!

Theo’s first series starts soon on Simply Good Food TV!

I write this post with a nice smile on my face, no, I haven’t done something naughty (yet…) I’ve agreed to film a brand new Greek inspired series for the new online channel and app – Simply Good Food TV. It’s a brand new concept…

The Chocolate Brownie Bid Has Begun!

The Chocolate Brownie Bid Has Begun!

The lovely folks at the Sick Childrens Trust have just launched their Big Chocolate Brownie Auction today! It only lasts 1 week and features dozens of excellent (much better than me!) chefs (OK, including me as well) donating their brownies to charity – and you…

Masterchef changed my life – Theo writes for Cibare Magazine

Masterchef changed my life – Theo writes for Cibare Magazine

While chatting with the lovely lady who owns Cibare food magazine we came up with the idea of me writing an article about Life After Masterchef. It’s almost 10 months since I graced TV screens with bad jokes, too much hair gel and the odd incredible dish.. Here…

Watch Theo, Lisa Faulkner & Matt Tebbutt on The Food Network

Watch Theo, Lisa Faulkner & Matt Tebbutt on The Food Network

You can watch me with the beautiful Lisa Faulkner and Matt Tebbutt on the Food Networks ‘The Big Eat’ below. Watch me cook my signature Greek Feta Balls on a bed of Watermelon Carpaccio and Lisa’s gorgeous Gambas Pil Pil (or Prawns in Garlic as…

Merry Christmas! I made the Best of 2014 recipes on BBC’s Weekend Kitchen with Nick Coffer

Merry Christmas! I made the Best of 2014 recipes on BBC’s Weekend Kitchen with Nick Coffer

Merry Christmas to one and all! My Christmas came early with the news that my Kleftiko dish made it onto the BBC’s Best of 2014 Recipes on the Weekend Kitchen with Nick Coffer! If you can handle my dulcet tones you can listen to a…

St Albans & Harpenden paper review my Popup – and a surprise celebrity guest!

St Albans & Harpenden paper review my Popup – and a surprise celebrity guest!

So in October 2014 I held another fantastic popup evening in Harpenden and the lovely folks from the St. Albans and Harpenden Review came along to have a taster of my 8 course Greek inspired menu. I was also honoured to have the beautiful and kind…

Press Release: Honestly Good Olive Oil & Theo get slippery together!

Press Release: Honestly Good Olive Oil & Theo get slippery together!

Honestly Good is proud to have teamed up with 2014 Masterchef semi-finalist and culinary talent, Theo Michaels, to create new recipes that showcase not only how delicious fresh, raw extra virgin olive oil tastes but also enjoying the health benefits of the original superfood.

Another Great day with Nick Coffer on BBC 3CR Radio

Another Great day with Nick Coffer on BBC 3CR Radio

Tune in today to listen to the lovely and well acclaimed Justine Pattison, Drew and me chat and eat with Nick Coffer on BBC 3 Radio (Three Counties). Always great fun with super talented chefs and lots of delicious food – I haven’t eaton since Friday in preparation…


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