Kevin is possibly best-known to UK audiences as a regular guest chef on the hugely popular cooking show Ready Steady Cook. His career, however, has been as diverse as his cooking skills. He is a chef, actor, television presenter, businessman, hotelier and former restaurateur.
Having trained in some of the World’s finest restaurants Kevin Woodford was appointed as a Lecturer in Professional cookery at a college in the UK. He rapidly rose through the ranks and after gaining a higher degree in Management was appointed as the youngest Head of Department at one of Englands biggest and most reputable college of Higher Education. He soon became a Senior Examiner for City & Guilds Advanced Courses, and a judge at several International Culinary Competitions.
A career in the media followed after he was discovered by a BBC producer whilst chatting on BBC Radio Sheffied and the BBC tempted him to join them, however, Kevin first hit the screens on ITV’s This Morning programme. His relaxed style, immense skill and ability to communicate at all levels has worked well on The Reluctant Cook, Big Kevin Little Kevin, Ready Steady Cook and Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook, which was voted Best Day Time Show at The National Television Awards.
He presented Big Kevin, Little Kevin for the BBC, and is the only chef in Europe to have had his own recipes used on a set of Isle of Man postage stamps and was the recipient of ‘This is Your Life’ for BBC1.
Hosting BBC One’s live The Heaven and Earth Show, Kevin tackled social issues and effortlessly interviewed celebrities including Sir John Mills, Jimmy Tarbuck, Gabrielle, Chris de Burgh and Moby.
Michael Aspel paid a This is Your Life tribute to Kevin who at the time was playing Robert Hale in the BBC series Doctors.
Kevin’s celebrity status has led to him appearing in several shows including Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank, Through the Keyhole, Countdown, Celebrity Weakest Link and The National Lottery Show. He also enjoys appearing live on stage – he played Baron Hardup in Cinderella with Danny la Rue at the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe in 2002 for which he received rave reviews for his comic timing.
His production company, Kawblimey Productions along with Platinum Films was responsible for securing a commission with the BBC and ABC Australia and co/producing ‘Planet Cook’ at Pinewood Film Studios.
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His live presentation of the award winning TV show ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’ is in great demand and he is a regular entertainer onboard P&O Cruises, Saga Cruises as well as being an accomplished after dinner speaker.
His personality, relaxed style, coupled with excellent communication skills has led him to becoming a presenter that is in demand for a number of corporate functions.