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Hardeep Singh Kohli: Scotland's New Ambassador




Celebrity broadcaster, journalist and raconteur Hardeep Singh Kohli has been appointed as an official Ambassador for Scotland's Year of Food and Drink by VisitScotland.

The first in a series of focus years highlighting some of Scotland's great assets, Scotland's Year of Food and Drink was launched by Tourism Minister Jim Mather in May 2010 with the aim of ensuring that more people, both at home and visiting Scotland, are aware of, and have opportunities to enjoy, Scotland's premium quality food and drink at its source.

A 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 - Hardeep is a renowned foodie and keen semi-pro cook.

Hardeep said, "I'm absolutely honoured to be appointed as an official Ambassador for Scotland's Year of Food and Drink and fully intend to play an active role in spreading the word about Scotland's fabulous natural larder nurtured at source and enjoyed the world over.

"Food has played a central role in much of the work I've been doing of late - and, in a way, I've always been a kind of unofficial ambassador of Scottish food and drink - so it's great to make it official at last!"

Hardeep's love of food is expressed in his larger than average belly and the publication in 2008 of his first book ‘Indian Takeaway', nominated for an Independent Book Award. He has written about food for Olive, Observer Food Monthly, The Spectator, The Times, The Sunday Times and various other publications. He has also been appointed as a columnist for Waitrose Food Illustrated. Hardeep was a member of the judging panel for the Organic Food Awards 2009.

After last year's sell-out Edinburgh Fringe debut in ‘The Nearly Naked Chef', Hardeep has returned this year with a chat show featuring top festival guests and live music - all topped off with delicious curry cooked on stage.


Scottish Year of Food & Drink is being celebrated until May 2011. For more information, please visit


October 16, 2010

Conversation about this article

1: Taran (London, United Kingdom), October 17, 2010, 4:54 AM.

I live in the U.K. and what I see is that a lot of Sikh-Britons who still wear turbans have shortened the length of their turban-cloth. But I see Hardeep Singh Kohli with a full-size turban on TV. I admire him for that!

2: Kanwarjeet Singh (Franklin Park, New Jersey, U.S.A.), October 18, 2010, 7:45 PM.

I have watched Hardeep's humor videos online and he borders between being funny and annoying. I do wish him luck in what he is trying to do - chef and/ or humor.

3: Baljit Singh Rihal, J.P. (London, England), October 20, 2010, 3:15 PM.

Well done, Hardeep Singh ji!

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