Presenter of BBC's 'Eat Well for Less'
Britain's Best Home Cook Judge
Britain in Bloom
Food: Truth or Scare
Fruit & Veg Importer
Regular guest and reporter for The One Show
Wanted: A Simple Life
Phone: +44 20 8846 0966
Chris Bavin is so full of character he was born to be on TV – this was underlined by the announcement that he was to join Mary Berry as co-judge on Britain's Best Home Cook.
After a TV production company first stumbled across him in 2011 he has gone from strength to strength and is co-presenter of BBC1’s hugely successful series Eat Well For Less? with Gregg Wallace. The show has had incredible ratings and the accompanying book is a best seller.
In addition to Eat Well for Less?, Chris has presented Tomorrow’s Food with Dara O’Briain and The Truth about Meat; he is co-presenter of BBC1’s returning series Food: Truth or Scare with Gloria Hunniford. Chris presented two series of BBC2’s Britain in Bloom and is a co-judge on BBC1's prime time competition series Britain's Best Home Cook with Mary Berry, Chef Angela Hartnett and presenter Claudia Winkleman. Most recently Chris presented the new BBC1 series 'Wanted: A Simple Life', in which he encourages couples to leave the city for a simpler lifestyle in the countryside or by the coast. He is also a regular guest and reporter for The One Show.
Chris is the co-founder of ‘The Naked Grocer’ a retail business that was twice voted ‘National Independent Retailer of the Year’, as well as receiving the ‘Best Contribution to the Community’ award.
Chris’s first job was as a junior flower trader, a job he relished and excelled at. He spent much of his working day in various wholesale markets across the UK, places where Chris felt very much at home. Packed full of all the colourful characters and the buzz that a busy wholesale market provides, Chris felt he had found his vocation.
After selling flowers into the wholesale markets and retail multiples for six years he took a side step to trade fruit and vegetables. This again was something that he not only enjoyed but did very successfully. He has worked in all areas of fresh produce: importing, wholesaling, retailing, food service and catering.
Chris is passionate about educating and raising awareness in children of where food comes from and encouraging them to learn how to increase their consumption of fruit and veg. One of his ambitions is to teach others how eating healthily can be cheap and easy to achieve.
Chris has a great interest in farming and all areas of fresh produce, in particular the history and future of food. He is an active supporter of reducing food waste.
Chris’s first solo cookbook, ‘Good Food, Sorted’, was published by DK books in March 2019. In his latest book, Fakeaway (published in January 2020), Chris takes all of his enthusiasm for making quick and healthy meals and applies it to all of our favourite takeaways.
Chris lives in Surrey with his lovely wife Millie and their children.