Celebrated TV chef, Celebrity Mastermind winner and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Dave Myers will become an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria at a ceremony in Carlisle Cathedral on Wednesday 25 November.
A self-confessed 'foodie', Dave's cooking career spans two decades. The Hairy Bikers’ programmes began screening in 2005, attracting audiences of up to 5 million, while at the same time Dave and fellow Hairy Biker Si King have also managed to find the time to co-author fifteen books.
Dave and Si have just launched their memoirs in Blood, Sweat and Tyres, and are working together on two more television series for 2016, while Dave will present Hairy Builder on BBC 2 next year.
Dave, from Barrow-in Furness in Cumbria, originally studied fine art and art history at Goldsmith’s College. He then joined the BBC, becoming a make-up artist specialising in prosthetics, and went on to work on many high profile series, including an adaptation of Catherine Cookson’s The Gambling Man, where he met Si King.
In the university’s citation it states that it is for his ‘lifelong and outstanding contribution to the media industry and for his innovation and excellence in the culinary arts’ that Dave has been awarded his honorary fellowship.
Dave comments: "I am both thrilled and delighted to be awarded this honour from the University of Cumbria. Cumbria is my home and somewhere I chose to return to after many years working away. For me to receive this honour on my own doorstep is really special. It’s great to be with the talented young graduates as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. University is the best way to prepare for this and graduation is a really proud special moment for many of the students and their families. It is a day I am both proud and privileged to share."