About Theo

Theo is a professional chef, presenter, award winning author and previous Masterchef 2014 contestant. 

Theo spent two years as resident chef on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, finishing the last show of the series, is a monthly food columnist for Best Magazine, a Kenwood and CannedFoodUK Ambassador and frequently in the press, on TV, radio and cooking and hosting at food festivals (National Geographic, Taste London, Carfest, etc.).

Theo sits on the CoolBrands Council amongst a select group of successful individuals from across various industries. 

Nine published cookbooks, two winning the Gourmand World Cookbook awards. Some of his titles include Orexi (translated into 3 languages) Rustica, SHARE, CANNED, Grazing and Feasting Boards, Theo’s Family Kitchen and his latest book ‘Cypriana’ is out May 2024. All are published and distributed in the UK and USA plus other territories. 

Theo still gets’ his hands dirty as Executive Chef for an international events company and also owns a cool little coffee and waffle house in Hertfordshire.

Theo has three children and during lockdown Theo was named internationally as the ‘UK’s home economist’ after hosting 36 live kids cookalongs for 3 months (this is what the press said

Theo is also co-founder of FiveDinners.com an online curated meal planning service.

TV Credits include:

  • ITV This Morning (since 2015)
  • Channel 4, Steph’s Packed Lunch – resident chef
  • Big Zuu’s Big Eats (Dave)
  • The Food Network (Sky)
  • BBC Morning Live
  • GB News
  • BBC Radio London
  • Heart FM
  • BBC 3CR
  • Masterchef (2014 participant / 2022 judge / 2024 judge)
Theo Michaels showreel

When things go wrong! 🙂 Here’s a clip from BBC Morning Live after a series of mishaps..

Theo is the face of the 2022/23 #selfstarter campaign with 123Reg – more on that here and a video below.

This or that?! with 123Reg

Publication Credits inc.

  • The Times Newspaper
  • Saturday Times
  • Mail on Sunday
  • The Metro (several recipe series)
  • Daily Mail
  • You Magazine
  • Guardian
  • Best Magazine
  • Femail
  • Closer
  • Delicious
  • Many more…

Want to work with Theo? Contact him here.


Theo A. Michaels

Chef | Author | Presenter | Dad…

Theo was born in London  and comes from a large Greek Cypriot family.

Theo lived in America for five years,  has eaten his way around the world with a backpack and his thirst for adventure not yet sated. He’s swam with piranhas in the Amazon, participated in an impromptu Ayahuasca ceremony in Bolivia, trekked mount Fuji and Macchu Pichhu, and eaten everything along the way (don’t mention Fugu fish in Japan, rat stir fry, guinea pigs, tarantulas or some others he’s trying to forget…)  Theo now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, three children and annoying dog.

After participating in Masterchef 2014Theo resigned from his position as a Board Member of a PLC to follow his passion for ‘food’.

Theo started his food career running a sell-out pop up restaurant for two years cooking 8-course taster menus championing Greek cuisine, became an established private chef receiving recognition by The Financial Times and Telegraph (read his cooking reviews here).

Theo is now the Executive Chef for Elsewhere Events creating imaginative dining experiences for groups of 20 to 400.

Theo was guest chef at the Sheraton Grande Hotel in Bangkok and the exclusive Paresa resort in Kamala Hills, Thailand.

He is known for cooking ‘elegant village food’ inspired by the flavours of Greece and Cyprus while also down to earth family staples keeping food unpretentious and accessible.


Theo’s cookbooks

Canned Cookbook by Theo Michaels
Canned by Theo Michaels (2021) order your copy here
Grazing & Feasting Boards by Theo Michaels (2022)

order your copy here

Theo’s Family Kitchen (2023)

order your copy here

Rustica by Theo Michaels
Rustica by Theo Michaels (2020) order your copy here
Share Cookbook by Theo Michaels
Share by Theo Michaels(2020) order your copy here
Orexi Theo Michaels
Orexi Theo Michaels (2019) – order your copy here
Kids Lockdown Cookbook by Theo Michaels
Kids Lockdown Cookbook by Theo Michaels (2020) – – download your copy here
Microwave Mug Soups By Theo Michaels
Microwave Mug Soups By Theo – order here
Microwave Mug Meals by Theo – order here

Theo’s Recipes

Chef Theo Michaels

Hungry? Visit FiveDinners.com Theo’s online meal planning platform for recipes, meal plans and ready-made shopping lists! 


What’s Going On…

Find out the latest on Theo Michaels at his blog

You can also check out Theo’s food gallery or reviews from his clients.