Hardeep promises 'tasty' night of comedy and curry at the Floral

Wirral Globe: Hardeep Singh Kohli Hardeep Singh Kohli

HARDEEP Singh Kohli promises a tasty evening of comedy, cooking and curry when he comes to Wirral as part of his current tour later this year.

The critically-acclaimed comedian, broadcaster and author brings his Indian Takeaway show to the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on April 26.

At the beginning of the show he will order a takeaway live on stage for delivery to the theatre, having selected a local Indian takeaway from audience suggestions submitted via HardeepLive.com

He will then order an audience member's favourite meal. Whilst waiting for the order to arrive Hardeep cooks his own food.

Along the way, the Glaswegian entertainer will share recipe tips, anecdotes and tales of his shared Scottish and Indian heritage. Lucky audience members will even get to sample both meals.

On the show, London-based Hardeep told the Globe this afternoon: "It's going to be a tasty show, absolutely. The tour's going really well and has been great to get back on the road.

"At a time when things are hard for everyone, it's great to be able to put a show on."

Hardeep's love of all things culinary has led to him touring the UK constantly for the last three years with his hit shows The Nearly Naked Chef and Chat Masala which have both been huge hits with audiences across the UK.

He 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.

He also plans to open his own restaurant and told the Globe "I've been talking about opening my own restaurant in Edinburgh for a while and am working on that.

"Obviously, because I tour and am involved in so many things I wouldn't be able to devote myself full-time to it, but I'll certainly give recipe ideas.

"My mum's lamb curry is my favourite and the best, although I've got to travel  to Glasgow to get it. Sadly, mum hasn't got a delivery service."

Hardeep's broadcasting career began in radio. He presents shows on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live and has made documentaries for Radios 2, 3 and 4.

He is a regular host on Channel 5's current affairs show, The Wright Stuff, was a regular reporter on BBC1’s The One Show and a guest on BBC 1's Question Time.

He also wrote and produced the BAFTA-Award winning In Search of the Tartan Turban, the award-winning Hardeep Does and gambling series 50 Says You'll Watch This.

As a journalist, his column in Scotland on Sunday called "hardeep is your love" saw him twice nominated in 2007 and 2008 for Scottish Columnist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards.

He is also contributing editor on the Spectator Magazine, has written for the Independent on Sunday, The Times, Observer Woman, Conde Nast Traveller to name but a few.

He said: "My whole career seems like it's been 'plan b'. My girlfriend says 'why don't you plan your career. But when people ring up and offer me work I take it, so don't really need to plan.

"I've been blessed to have had such a wide-ranging career. But I do a lot of things outside that, such as fundraising for a homeless shelter in London which I get a lot more satisfaction out of.

"The happiest I'll be is on my deatbed, knowing that someone got a hot meal."

Tickets for his Floral Pavilion show, which starts at 7.30pm, are from 0151 666 0000 or floralpavilion.com

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