Simon Brown talks 16 years of Cook’s Essentials at QVC UK


Simon Brown guest presenter at QVCWe're celebrating!

Quality cookware brand Cook's Essentials have been with QVC an incredible 16 years.

We caught up with guest presenter Simon Brown for a quick chat and to find out his favourite memories from being at QVC and if he has any backstage gossip to share! 

Q. Hi Simon, 16 years is a long time at QVC – has time flown?

It’s amazing to think that Cook’s Essentials launched 16 years ago! If you were lucky enough to have bought one of the first pans we sold, it’ll probably still be going strong, and it’s still guaranteed, with our incredible lifetime guarantee!

Q. Tell us about your time at QVC – are there any personal highlights?

I first joined QVC as a kitchen guest way back in 1998, then after a career break for a few years I re-joined in 2008. I look back at pictures of me in the kitchen in the early days with Jilly Halliday and Dale Franklin, and none of us has changed a bit (!).

Q. What is your favourite thing about being a guest at QVC?

Being a guest at QVC is the best job I’ve ever had! I get to cook in a great kitchen, with the best equipment, and terrific presenters. The only downside is that I don’t get to eat much (Charlie usually gets there first!).

There have been several embarrassing moments over the years – you’ve probably seen some yourself. I sometimes say things which sound fine to me, but then I look at the presenter and they begin to giggle, and that sets us both off. Then there are the times when food misbehaves on live television, from roast chickens making a break for it from a hot oven, to pans bubbling over, to blender leakages. The live element always makes the unexpected fun.

Q. Any backstage gossip you're willing to share?

I couldn’t possibly share any gossip from backstage, unless you bribe me with chocolate…

Cook's Essentials two-piece pan setQ. Fair enough. Tell us about the Today's Special Value for this weekend…

The 16th anniversary TSV is a fantastic Cook’s Essentials two-piece pan set for both hob and oven cooking. The quality and value are amazing, and as always with Cook’s Essentials cookware, the set comes with a lifetime guarantee.

I’ve been tweeting mystery pictures all week so if you want some clues then just follow me @simonbrowntv. The anniversary shows from Sunday onwards are stuffed full of brand new Cook’s Essentials goodies with loads of new cookware in particular, so don’t miss them!

Tune in on Monday 18th August from midnight to see more about this fabulous TSV.
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  1. Norma Peters January 9, 2015 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    NOt sure if this is the right place to ask this Question . But some time ago on a Cooks Essential show you were selling two small roasting pans . THey were incredible and so useful . MIne are now nearly not useable as they HAVE been used so much .I have watched & checked to see if they have reappeared but sadly no. Is there any chance they may be repeated as this time I would buy more than 1 set.
    Thank you
    Norma Peters

  2. Pat Francis September 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon i bought a cooks essential set of pans 2x saucepan 1x saute pan and 20″ frying pan. they were given to my daughter for university. Unfortunately they came back scratched. She hadn’t realize she and her uni friend where not suppose to use metal utensils. the frying pan is the worse and 1 of the saucepans.
    My question is how do i replace them?
    The colours i have is the silver with purple inside.
    Also how much will it cost to replace?

    Do QVC sell the 7 litre casserole pot seperately.

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