New book! Theo’s Family Kitchen


Ohh! Very excited to have my 8th cookbook – ‘Theo’s Family Kitchen’ just released (Oct 2023)! This is a book I’ve wanted to write for a long time; a truly family focussed cookbook. This is the book that I want to hand to my kids when they leave home knowing they’ll have all the basics to look after themselves in the kitchen (and be able to impress if they need to!).

Buy this book or check out my other books here


After dinner speaker

What an honour to give an After Dinner Speech to the Metal Packaging and Manufacturers Association gala dinner at Drapers Hall; part of the Liverys of City of London.

Theo signs for a second year as 2023 CannedFoodUK Ambassador

heo Michaels CannedFoodUK

Following on from 2022’s successful ambassadorship and campaign with CannedFoodUK and Metal Packaging Manufactures Association, Theo is proud to announce his ambassadorship for a second year. Creating canned food recipes, content and various duties Theo looks forward to spreading the word on using canned ingredients as part of our staple diet.

Food Columnist for Hertfordshire Life Magazine

Hertfordshire Life Cover Theo Michaels

Very pleased to announce that from February 2023 Theo is a regular food columnist for Hertfordshire Life magazine. Every month Theo will be serving up a delicious recipe and anecdotes that change with the seasons for readers to enjoy and recreate.

Check out his feature by picking up a copy or read it here

Introduction feature out Feb 2023
Oh, there he is again…

Theo Michaels CoolBrands Council

Theo was invited to take a seat on 2022/23 Cool Brands Council amongst a select group of successful individuals that represent industry experts and influence.

His kids response to him telling them he was officially ‘cool’?

“no one cool wears a cardigan’

Kids…. humph…

Find out more about CoolBrands here. View Theo’s spot on the council here.

BBC Morning Live – all things Masterchef

Theo was invited back onto BBC Morning Live after judging this seasons Masterchef Semi-finalists. Theo gave some helpful (?!) tips to Anna Haugh whom takes over from Monica as next seasons Professional Masterchef contestants start their journey.

Theo’s not-so-helpful advice on judging contestants – !

How kids are different nowadays…. he thinks…

Guest Judge on Masterchef 2022

Theo was invited back by the lovely folk on Masterchef as a guest judge to see how the current semifinalists got on. It brought back a lot of memories with some great food dished up by this year’s contestants.

Theo thought he was centre-stage until someone said ‘smallest at the front’ 🙂

GB News Live with Theo Michaels

Great show featuring Theo discussing the current cost-of-living crisis and the rise in tinned food with presenters Eamon Holmes and Isabel Webster on GB News.

You can get a copy of Theo’s book ‘CANNED’ here.

Regular slot on Steph’s Packed Lunch – Channel 4

Super excited to announce that Theo is now a regular on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch cooking up a variety of different meals each month showcasing flavours from around the world and easy family dinners.

Theo says:

“I’m thrilled to be part of the SPL family and on the show. Steph, Nick, Sarah, the production team, crew (and the amazing chefs in the kitchen) are a total pleasure to work with and I’m really honoured to be part of that excitement and buzz of live TV for Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch!”

Town and County Magazine Cover

Huge thank you to Town and County magazine for having me on the cover with a lovely interview on my journey from corporate world to wearing an apron and featuring some delicious recipes from my latest book CANNED..

If you missed the print version here’s the download:

CANNED out now

CANNED published September 2021 by Theo A. Michaels

Published by Ryland Peters and Small, Photography credits Mowie Kay

Exclusive Corporate Dining – chefs table

Been great fun hosting some exclusive chefs table experiences for private and public listed companies for their c-suite and investor members.

Usually taking place onsite or in a hired private venue, recent events included the De’Longhi family flying over from Italy to the UK head office, or for Acast at Soho Works, London. Sometimes it’s just a beautiful dinner with some chat, othertimes guests can have some fun getting involved.

Soho Works, London

ITV This Morning Live (video)

I can’t believe my first appearance on This Morning was over 4 years ago! Another great show featuring a couple of recipes from my latest book CANNED – lots of fun with Alison and Dermot!

Here’s a sneak peak of the show:

Me with Alison & Dermot

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 exclusive meal plan

Theo and have partnered with Fruit Bowl to offer a 1 week exclusive meal plan via the 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”.

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