Chef Alan Coxon
Celebrity Chef, Culinary Expert and Food Archaeologist
Multi award-winning TV chef, Alan Coxon, is an author, presenter, public speaker, innovator and TV judge. He is the President of the Chef's Jury for the International Taste Institute and the British Ambassador for Food and Drink.
Alan is a renowned international chef with a wealth of experience in leading Michelin star restaurants and 5-star hotels. He also has a vast career in media, filming more than 1,250 television programmes to date for networks such as the BBC, BBC Worldwide, ITV, Channel 5 and Food Network to name but a few.
Some of Alan's television programmes include From Birmingham to Bombay (Food Network), Ever Wondered About Food (BBC/Open University), Gloria Hunniford's Open House (Channel 4) where he was the resident chef for 5 years, Coxon's Sporting Feast and Coxon's Royal Feast (BBC Worldwide). He also presented 244 shows of Coxon's Kitchen College which was filmed as-live in front of a studio audience.
Alan has experience in live television, studio and location-based, pre-record shows, to time, with earpiece and working with autocue. He has also experience in voiceover work.
Alan was invited by the British Prime Minister's office (of former Prime Minister David Cameron) to become the "British Ambassador for Food and Drink". His impressive accolades continue as the UK Ambassador for the "Organisation Mondial de la Gastronomie", the International Ambassador and Moderator for the "Chefs World Summit Monte Carlo", Disciple of Escoffier, President of the Chefs Jury for the "International Taste Institute (iTi)" in Brussels, a Judge for the "World Gourmet Society" and an Honourary Fellow of the AK Business School.
Alan is extremely passionate about quality food and helping to promote, support, improve and retain quality standards within the food industry. He is a global inspiration for others, a natural motivator and mentor that strives to share his love of food archaeology, years of knowledge, skills, experience and culinary interests.
In 2015, Alan was invited by Downing Street and the British Prime Minister's office to assist the "GREAT" campaign promoting gastronomy, supporting food producers and quality ingredients. Working in countries such as India, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Mexico, Latvia and Lithuania, working on activities ranging from small private VIP lunches, dinner events, cooking for Ambassadors, large gala VIP banquets, speeches and cookery demonstrations.
Such activities also incorporated training for chefs and culinary students within these countries as well as ensuring positive diplomatic working relations and a variety of promotional media activities ranging from television, radio and press interviews.
Alan's past culinary activity spanning over 40 years include;
Alan enjoyed 4 years at the Loews Hotel in Monte Carlo, working with a brigade of 68 chefs as well as working within the hotels diverse restaurants including the "Foie Gras" Michelin star restaurant, the provincial "Mediterranean" restaurant, "Le Pistou" as well as it's function room "Folie Rousse" where Alan and the brigade cooked for 1,000 guests.
As Head Chef, Alan opened the largest 4-star hotel based in Paris and was an integral part of the opening crew of "Euro Disney Paris". The hotel had 1,098 rooms and he led a brigade of 65 international chefs. In addition to this, he was responsible for his culinary brigade, the day to day running of two restaurants, the terrace, all room service and three function suites as well as the responsibility of food ordering and 5 storekeepers.
Alan was the Executive Chef of Scotland's leading food producer and visitors centre "Baxters" of Speyside. During his tenure, he delivered cookery demonstrations, opened and re-designed the visitor centre restaurant improving quality of options and standards and the speed efficiency. This doubled the financial revenue. He also developed and implemented an upmarket a la carte restaurant based on the banks of the River Spey as well as looking after private VIP catering activities.
Alan also owned and ran his award-winning restaurant "A Taste of Magic", based in the Isle of Man. He also ran, as the Head Chef, "Woodford's Restaurant" and the "Top Table" restaurants in Douglas.
Alan has also delivered countless speeches all over the world for various clients including the International Taste Institute, TEDx, the Creative Chefs Summit, the Serbian Food Show, Food Matters Live, the University of Science and Technology in Kaunas, Lithuania, the Midlands Business Awards, the World Chefs Summit as well as countless more including a plethora of private clients, also.
Finally, Alan has presented countless cookery demos all over the world including at the Mougins Michelin Star Chefs Event in Cannes, France, fourteen cookery demonstrations at the British Food Festival, a cookery masterclass to chefs in Vilnius, Lithuania and the Cape Gourmet Food Festivals in South Africa to name just a few. Other demonstrations have seen Alan travel to India, Portugal, Jamaica, Moldova and the Ukraine.
He is an incredible asset to us here at thetelevisionexperts and to any production companies looking for well-established talent.