Andy Bates is a champion of British food and family-style cooking. After finishing school, he headed to Canterbury College to study catering, spending part of his third year working in a restaurant in Normandy, France.
Andy ran a number of market stalls in London, selling his award-winning signature cold-raised pies and scotch eggs – this ultimately led to him getting his first break on television thanks to a keen-eyed tv producer.
Andy loves to create modern twists on classic dishes from traditional British to international street food inspired by his travels for his Food Network tv series, ‘Street Feasts’. He is also a regular contributor on the BBC Two series, Food & Drink and, more recently, ITV.
Andy regularly participates at food festivals and events both in the UK and around the world including the Abu Dhabi Street Food Festival and Taste of Dubai.
Andy has become a leading expert on street food and new food trends – his first cookbook offers modern twists on classic dishes. He is the founder of catering business ‘Eat my Pies’ which specialises in classic British pies, Scotch eggs and tarts. Andy lives by the quote “You should always finish on a little bit of pudding”.