Merrilees Parker

Merrilees Parker

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Merrilees Parker (born 11 August 1971) is a British celebrity chef and TV presenter. She is mainly known for presenting television programmes combining food and travel (Planet Food and Full on Food) as well as various more traditional cookery programmes. Parker is also renowned for the menu she presented working for the pub The Lansdowne in Primrose Hill in London.

Parker's distinguishing characteristics are her no-nonsense cooking style and her passionate method of presenting. Many of her recipes are freely available online.

Parker admits to wearing fur, but only if this fur is ethically sourced. This was revealed in the Channel 4 show Kill It, Skin It, Wear It.

Early life

Parker was already passionate about cooking as a young girl, at which time her grandmother assisted her in the kitchen. Her mother is half-Portuguese and her sister, Hannah Foster. She lives in the United Kingdom and speaks French fluently. She was married previously but the marriage has since ended, as mentioned on Channel 4's programme Kill it, Skin it Wear it.


Parker has developed several career paths in parallel, mainly involving cooking.

Career as TV presenter

Parker started her career in TV in 1996 as a researcher on the BBC cookery programme Ready Steady Cook. She also researched for Channel 4.

She began presenting in 1997 on a TV programme called Barbecue Bible, in which she was credited as the Home Economist. Parker became a familiar face as a TV chef in 1999 on a long running BBC...
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