On Friday the 31st of March at 2pm I’ll be joining up with Andi Peters for our first ‘Andi Peters’ Food Fest’ show of the year.
I’m often asked how long I’ve known Andi, as many who watch our shows together assume that we go way back. They are therefore surprised to learn that Andi and I only met for the first time after I was asked by QVC to present a pilot show with him.
It’s funny how sometimes you meet somebody and hit the ground running, chatting as if you’ve known them for a long while – it was just like that with Andi and I. Of course as presenters, we are accustomed to quickly finding common ground and get on well with guests etc that we’ve not met previously, but even during the pilot the banter flowed naturally between us.
Before every show Andi and I will meet up and go through the guest line-up and prep their products but we never discuss what we are actually going to say or when to say it – it is quite literally improvised! We both feel that this creates a realistic and hopefully more watchable show. So there has to be a great deal of trust and respect for each other, particularly going into a packed three-hour ppecial on this basis.
You only have to speak to Andi for a few minutes to appreciate just how hard-working he is. When we present a show on QVC, there’s a very good chance he’s already been up at the crack of dawn filming for ITV somewhere around the UK earlier that day. He also finds time to pursue other business interests as well as regularly travelling and filming around the world – I just don’t know where he finds either the time or his energy from.
One year he filmed in the morning, presented a show with myself that evening, jumped into a cab to Heathrow and flew off to Australia to work on the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ follow on shows, only to land back at Heathrow the following Monday afternoon and catch a cab straight to QVC in time to present our next show! He even found time to buy me a souvenir mini didgeridoo! I nearly burst a blood vessel trying to get a tune out of it though!
The two questions I’m most often asked about Andi are “What’s he like to work with?” and “Is he really that loud?” The answers are “brilliant” and “yes!” in that order.
Fortunately, Andi and I share a similar sense of humour and a passion for quality food – he’s a great cook and I eat a lot! So we genuinely love working together and I hope you can join us at 2pm on the last Friday of March for our fun-filled three-hour gourmet food extravaganza or more simply put ‘Andi Peters’ Food Fest’.
Here’s a quick look at some of the fine fayre on offer over the three hours:
The Today’s Special Value (TSV) will be a wonderful 11 piece spring boxed selection from The Original Cake Company, their first ever TSV! Comprising a Simnel cake centre piece, 4 mini fruit loaves, 2 fruit slabs and 4 mini chocolate loaves. Arriving in time for Easter!
Other highlights include a gourmet “Divine” fairtrade chocolate popcorn egg from Joe & Seph’s, The Real Pie Company fab pasty selection! The amazing Gower Cottage Brownies, chocolates and truffles from both Butlers and Beech’s, royal warrant holders Donald Russell desserts and custard selection and meat offerings, Cottage Delight spring preserves, biscuits and sweet selections, a duo from Churchill’s and tasty jars from The Snaffling Pig. Simple Simon’s, Monty Bojangles, Melefsis and Calico Cottage will also be joining in the spring food fun.
Until next time… stay satiated and content!