Ainsley Harriot: Who is the TV chef and how did he save his sister?

The TV chef took to Twitter to tell worried fans that his sister is “fine and fine”.

Former Ready Steady Cook presenter Ainsley Harriott saved his sister from drowning at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The well-known TV chef attended the garden show with his sister Jacqueline, who reportedly tripped and fell into a water feature.

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The dramatic scenes unfolded on the first day of the event when Harriott, with the help of the public, took action to get his sister to safety.

The TV chef was hailed as a hero for his quick action.

Here’s everything you need to know about the incident.

Who is Ainsley Harriott?

Harriott is a television chef best known for hosting the daytime cooking shows Ready Steady Cook and Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook.

Ainsley Harriott at the Chelsea Flower Show (Image: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

A talented chef, he began his career at Verrey’s restaurant in London’s West End.

His first TV role was as a home cook on ITV’s Good Morning with Nick and Anne before becoming a presenter on the BBC shows Can’t Cook Won’t Cook and Ready Steady Cook.

He is a bestselling author and has published 18 cookbooks that have sold over two million copies worldwide.

Harriott was awarded an MBE for services to broadcasting and the culinary arts by Prince Charles in 2020.

Describing the award in a statement on his website, Harriot said: “This is a great honor for me and for everyone who has helped me along the way over the years. It was a very special day and mom would have been proud!”

What happened to his sister at the Chelsea Flower Show?

Harriott was visiting with his sister Jaqueline on the first day (23rd May) of the Chelsea Flower Show.

She reportedly tripped and fell into a water feature that was part of the BBC Studios’ ‘Our Green Planet’ and ‘RHS Bee Garden’ exhibition.

The 65-year-old TV chef took action and pulled his sister out of the water with the help of onlookers.

Celebrities, including DIY presenter Nick Knowles, were present as the incident unfolded.

Following the ordeal, Harriot tweeted: “A huge thank you to everyone who helped my sister when she fell at the Chelsea Flower Show this morning. She is fine and all is well.”

Harriot and his sister attended the VIP launch of the Chelsea Flower Show on May 23.

The show is open to the public from May 24th to May 28th.

What did the Chelsea Flower Show say?

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which runs the Chelsea Flower Show, has confirmed it is investigating the incident.

In a statement, they said: “The guest was quickly attended to by medical professionals on site and we are pleased to say that he is now at home and doing well.”

RHS volunteer Matt Peskett, who witnessed the fall, spoke to The Telegraph and confirmed barriers had now been put up.

He said: “There were 30 or 40 celebrities there and they were all drinking champagne. And then suddenly one of the guests stepped backwards and fell in. They fell full in, not just a foot.

“I hope they don’t feel like that tomorrow – it would be a shame.”

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