This Morning Live (video)

Had a fabulous time back on ITV This Morning whipping up some Greek sunshine for Eamon and Ruth with my yogurt marinated lamb kebabs with homemade flatbreads.

Here’s a sneak peak of the show:

Me with Eamon and Ruth

Two-times Winner of the Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards 2020

Gourmand International World CookBooks Awards

Our award winning author Theo Michaels; we are honoured to announce that two of Theo’s cookbooks published in 2020 by Ryland Peters and Small; Share and Rustica; have won their respective categories in the renowned Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards.

Rustica – Mediterranean village food won the category D02  Health & Nutrition of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

SHARE – delectable sharing boards won the category A11  Entertaining of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

You can see the full list of winners here – GOURMAND INTERNATIONAL

Fruit Bowl, Theo and FiveDinners.com exclusive meal plan

Theo and FiveDinners.com have partnered with Fruit Bowl to offer a 1 week exclusive meal plan via the FiveDinners.com platform to kick off 2021. The meal plan is part of the Fruit Bowl #5in5challenge campaign to get kids eating two of their five-a-day in every dinner for a week.

Recipes were developed by Theo to incorporate at least two portions of ‘your five a day’ in every meal; specifically designed with kids in mind (e.g. sneaky vegetable beef burgers, homemade calzone, chimichangas and more!) all developed in conjunction with Fruit Bowl including videos for every recipe to help parents cook each dish.

Check out their exclusive meal plan here.

Top 20 Cookbooks of the Year – TWICE!

Leites Awards 2020

I don’t often boast (stop it), but I’m honoured to announce both my cookbooks published in 2020 (Share and Rustica) made it into The Best 20 Cookbooks of the Year from the revered Leite’s Culinaria.

The editors at Leite’s write, “Michaels appears twice on this list for good reason: every single recipe we tried stunned us.”

Praise for SHARE:

“While sharing may be the central concept behind this book, we can promise you won’t want to. Theo A. Michaels, former MasterChef semifinalist, manages to craft one surprising and sensational recipe after another.”

Praise for Rustica:

“What it means to eat like a true resident of the Mediterranean with meals that focus on coaxing the best results out of simple, quality ingredients.”

I’m a clown most of time; but this has really touched me. Anyone creative; chefs; authors; artists; carpenters; etc.; put their heart & soul into their work and then put it out there to be judged – it’s crushing when someone doesn’t like it and utterly euphoric when they do..

Without this sounding like a BAFTA acceptance speech (currently folded in my pocket – you never know 😋) I owe a debt of thanks to a million people, to name a few:  Cindy and Julia Charles at my publishers Ryland Peters & Small, Mowie Kay, Kathy Kordalisk Sonya Nathoo, my wife and kids and so many others.

I write this on 22nd December 2020 and I’m hitting the eggnog hard today to celebrate 🎅😘

Comment from David Leite @davidleite The 20 Cookbooks We Cooked From the Most in 2020: “Our 100+ recipe testers stand behind these amazing books, amazing talent, amazing recipes.  And that’s good enough for me”.

Read it in full at http://leit.es/best-cookbooks

Food of Guild Writers

Guild of Food Writers

Theo is now a bonafide member of the Food of Guild Writers. Theo has said he will only speak Thespian to celebrate for the rest of the year.

Link to Theo’s profile

About the Guild

The Guild of Food Writers is the professional association of food writers and broadcasters in the United Kingdom. Established in 1984, it now has around 480 authors, broadcasters, columnists and journalists among its members

Theo’s new business – FiveDinners.com

FiveDinners Meal Planner

Today marks the launch of FiveDinners.com – a new weekly meal planning service created by Theo and his wife.

Each week Theo creates five easy family friendly recipes with one complete shopping list for families and couples to download.

In addition to the actual meal planner there is a host of other key features:

  • change serving size on recipes and shopping list automatically updates
  • create your own meal plans with our recipes
  • live texting service – text Theo direct with questions or help on meal plans and cooking!

Main benefits are:

  • reduce stress of choosing what to cook each night
  • cut food spend dramatically + only shop once
  • drop your food waste

FiveDinners.com – five dinners | one shopping list

Kenwood Brand Ambassador

Theo has been appointed as a brand ambassador for Kenwood.

Theo said “I’ve been a fan of Kenwood products for ages and even other brands within the Kenwood group (I’ve got great DeLonghi coffee machine that’s been running for a decade!) so it is with huge honor that I accept the invitation to become part of the Kenwood family.”

Grab a discount on any Kenwood product using the code: THEO10

Theo appears on the Kenwood RealCooks website, and is now hosting a live cookalong with Kenwood Kids Club on their youtube channel here.

LIVE cookalong – #KidsCookWithTheo

Theo started doing LIVE cookalongs at the very start of the UK lockdown to help give kids (and parents!) something to do during the Corona Virus isolation period.

View all previous and upcoming episodes here.

Theo says ‘it’s just me, my kids, in my kitchen making a mess, cooking easy simple dinners and trying to have an hour of normality during these, frankly surreal times. Hopefully the kids watching will have some fun, learn a thing or two and maybe, just maybe, the parents will get dinner at the end! This won’t be pretty…’

#KidsCookWithTheo is live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm (GMT) with the ingredients needed for each session announced the week before.

It is live streamed on Theo’s YouTube channel and his instagram

My new cookbook ‘SHARE’ out today

Share Cookbook by Theo Michaels

I’m so proud to announce that SHARE is now out and available!

Click here to order a signed copy!

The philosophy behind SHARE is all about creating an interactive and exciting dining experience to be ‘shared’ amongst friends and family. SHARE was inspired by the work I do at events where I’ve been creating sharing boards and grazing tables for 10 people to twenty foot long grazing tables for 300 guests.

SHARE is my fourth cookbook, it’s published by Ryland Peters & Small and the extremely talented Mowie Kay did the photography, and my good friend Jean-Cristophe Novelli kindly wrote my foreward.

SHARE is broken down into 10 chapters ranging from Meze, Feast, Ocean, BBQ, Vegan, Sweet and many more; there is literally something for everyone with over 80 recipes and detailed step-by-step guidelines on how to build your own grazing table.

Here’s a few sneaky peaks from the book..

Click here to order a signed copy!

Theo Michaels SHARE cookbook - ocean chapter
Theo Michaels SHARE cookbook – ocean chapter
Theo Michaels SHARE cookbook - brunch chapter
Theo Michaels SHARE cookbook – brunch chapter
Theo Michaels SHARE cookbook - garden chapter
Theo Michaels SHARE cookbook – garden chapter

Click here to order a signed copy!

Check out my other books including last years best seller, ‘Orexi! Feasting at the modern Greek table’

Orexi Theo Michaels
Orexi Theo Michaels – click here to order a signed copy.

Speaking at National Geographic Food Festival

Theo National Geographic Food Festival

I was honoured to be invited by National Geographic to speak at their first festival in London and finish with a book signing.

I was also lucky enough to be interviewed by the lovely Katrina Ridley, who I’ve met a couple of times, in the National Geographic Speakers Corner – great day and managed to flog a few books as well 🙂

Ahhh… the look of affection. I think…
That’s right, I’ll warm up for Raymond Blanc, it’s just how I roll… 🙂

New recipe video series with Cyprus BBQ

I’ve had a Cyprus BBQ (and every other Greek I know) for as long as I can remember. As such, I am chuffed to have developed a host of new recipes as part of a video series using the exceptional Cyprus BBQ – it’s all about the rotisserie!

Check out our new video series here.



Delicious Magazine podcast – Interviewed by Gilly Smith on Greek food, my family and…

Have a listen to my first ever podcast with the lovely Gilly Smith for one of Delicious Magazines ‘How to cook like…’ series.

Listen to the sizzle and spits of me cooking two recipes from my new book Orexi and chatting all things Greek, family and few laughs for good measure…

Heirloom Tomatoes with white balsamic and pomegranate dressing
Heirloom Tomatoes with white balsamic and pomegranate dressing
Stuffed seabass wrapped in vineleaves
Stuffed seabass wrapped in vineleaves
Gilly Smith, Theo Michaels and gorgeous friend!
Gilly Smith, Theo Michaels and gorgeous friend!

Twitter HQ – book signing and serving a few of my dishes for lunch.

Theo at Twitter HQ in London

Well, how cool is this! I was honoured to be invited by the cool cats at Twitter HQ in London to sign a few copies of my new book Orexi and the awesome food team (Fooditude) prepared a few recipes from my book to serve the Tweeps for lunch.

Loved it! Here are some pics…

My Seabream and Watermelon Ceviche
My Seabream and Watermelon Ceviche
Susi and Erica the Fooditude team and me, gatecrashing as usual.. 🙂
Theo book signing Orexi at Twitter HQ
Signing copies of Orexi
Salad of the Soul with Feta Spinach Balls and Roasted chili feta dressing
Salad of the Soul with Feta Spinach Balls and Roasted chili feta dressing