The Hairy Bikers are going on tour. (Getty Images) The Hairy Bikers , aka Dave Myers and Simon ‘Si’ King, have become two of the most liked and indeed successful British chefs of recent years.
A staple on BBC since 2004, they’ve just had a new series The Hairy Bikers Ride Route 66 commissioned for BBC Two, and they’re currently on a UK-wide tour. We chatted to the duo about British comfort food, fad diets, Dancing on Ice and what to expect on their stage tour .
“It’s like having an audience with your mates. We have an audience question and answer part at the end,” King told us of the tour.
“People always have questions for us…wherever we go….so we like to add that part to the tour..The best one ever was he were getting off a long-haul flight.
“And the pilot came out to meet us and went it was nice to have you on board with us lads but where’s your bike? We were like we’ve just flown across the Atlantic where do you think our bikes are?” added Myers.
But it’s not just foodie shows they’re known for, especially for Myers, who competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.
Would King consider following in his steps? He joked that he wouldn’t want to “upstage” Myers and King said he’s mulled over going on Dancing on Ice, but joked that it probably wasn’t for him.
“I was thinking about going on Dancing on Ice . But honestly it would be like watching Ice Road Truckers! I’d be completely out of control…I’ve got weak ankles, I have enough trouble standing on ground!” King said. The Hairy Bikers with the Duchess of Cornwall (PA Images) Indeed, the pair take healthy eating very seriously, and have published no more than five diet books – one of which is entirely vegetarian themed.
“We got our weight and health assessed a few years back and it wasn’t good news. We had shed some timber!
“One of the main adjustments has been my belt I must say! But our cooking has certainly changed a lot we have a lot more respect about we put in the food,” Myers said.
And neither are fans of fad diets, but rather losing weight the old fashioned way: healthy eating and exercise. Myers said he’s particularly cautious about the diet of the moment – keto:
“Keto diet you are putting your body into ketosis which is never a good thing. It’s a massive stress on your kidneys and liver which is why on that diet you have to drink a lot of water.
“It’s about being knowledgeable and making choices and changing the relationship you have with food you eat,” he said.
But they’ve not completely sworn off the odd indulgence – in fact far from it. They admitted they still enjoy classic British staples and think the most underrated British dish is the spotted dick.
“I’d like to see spotted dick make a comeback! Spotted dick! It’s flipping great! It’s lovely with old traditional custard, it’s spiced and it’s just brilliant!” King said.
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