About Theo

Theo is a chef, presenter and award winning author and previous Masterchef 2014 contestant – see what he’s been up to recently here.

Theo is resident chef on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, monthly food columnist for Hertfordshire Life and Best Magazine, a Kenwood Ambassador and frequently in the press and media and food festivals (National Geographic, Taste London, Carfest, etc.).

Theo sits on the CoolBrands Council 2022/23 amongst a select group of successful individuals from across various industries. 

Theo has eight published cookbooks, two of which won the 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook awards. Some of his titles include Orexi (translated into 3 languages) Rustica, SHARE, CANNED and most recently is Theo’s Family Kitchen and is currently working on his next book to be published autumn 2024.

Theo still gets’ his hands dirty as Executive Chef for an international events company and also co-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.

Credits include:

  • Channel 4, Steph’s Packed Lunch – resident chef
  • Big Zuu’s Big Eats (Dave)
  • The Food Network (Sky)
  • ITV’s This Morning (since 2015)
  • BBC Morning Live
  • GB News
  • BBC Radio London
  • Heart FM
  • BBC 3CR
  • Masterchef (2014 participant / 2022 judge / 2023 judge)


  • The Times
  • Saturday Times
  • Mail on Sunday
  • The Metro
  • Daily Mail
  • You Magazine
  • Guardian
  • Best Magazine
  • Femail
  • Closer
  • Delicious
  • Many more…
Theo Michaels showreel

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


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 now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and three children.

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 opening a pop up restaurant for two years cooking 8-course taster menus championing Greek cuisine (bookings would sell out in less than a minute of going live). Theo also became established as a private chef which received recognition by The Financial Times and Telegraph in 2017. Both services won the regional ‘Best Lifestyle Service’ award  – (read his cooking reviews here).

Theo is now the full time Executive Chef for Elsewhere Events creating imaginative dining experiences for Elsewhere’s venues and popup events around the world and an accomplished author having 8 published cookbooks.

Theo has been a 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 and cooking at large scale events.

Theo’s recipes can be found at TheoCooks.com or on his Cooking Youtube Channel.

Theo is represented by Fletcher Associates


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

Visit TheoCooks.com for recipes created by Theo or check out his YouTube channel for his video recipes

Theo Michaels Youtube Channel

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.