Glaswegian raconteur at SJT

“AS multi-tasking, multi-media cultural polymaths go, writer, cook, broadcaster, columnist and all-round top bloke Hardeep Singh Kohli is pretty much up there in the can-do stakes”.

The quote, from Scotland’s excellent List magazine, refers to the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s guest performer next Tuesday.

The Glaswegian raconteur will present Chat Masala, a chat show with culinary leanings.

Promoter Jodie Hailston says: “Not only will audiences hear from all the biggest names across the UK, the big names will be fed lamb curry, butter chicken, aloo gobi and spam pakora.

“These are just some of the delicacies Hardeep will cook while interviewing the likes of Barack Obama, Lily Allen, Lady Gaga and one of the Chuckle Brothers (the short one)”.

Hardeep was runner-up on the first series of Celebrity Masterchef which led to two series for UKTV Food, New British Kitchen and Chefs and the City.

His first book Indian Takeaway was nominated for an Independent book award and he has written about food for Olive, Observer Food Monthly, the Spectator, the Times, the Sunday Times and various other publications and is a columnist for Waitrose Food Illustrated.

Hardeep has been a regular reporter on BBC1’s The One Show and a regular guest on BBC1’s Question Time and This Week with Andrew Neil. For Channel 4 he has written and presented the Bafta awardwinning In Search of the Tartan Turban, the critically acclaimed and awardwinning Hardeep Does... and the seminal gambling series 50 Says You’ll Watch This.

As a journalist, his column in Scotland on Sunday called “Hardeep is your love?” saw him nominated in 2007 and 2008 for Scottish columnist of the year at the Scottish press awards.

Having started his broadcasting career in radio he still holds the wireless dear, presenting extensively across Radios 4 and 5 Live and has made a plethora of documentaries for Radios 2, 3 and 4.