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Who is Simon Rimmer? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant and Sunday Brunch host

ALONGSIDE Tim Lovejoy, Simon Rimmer forms one half of weekend telly’s cheekiest mid-morning presenting duo.

The Sunday Brunch host has been on the dancefloor for the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing – and is currently presenting series 3 of Tricks of The Restaurant Trade.

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Simon Rimmer’s TV work has catapulted him into the spotlight in recent years[/caption]

Who is Simon Rimmer?

Simon Rimmer is a chef and restaurateur who rose to TV fame as co-host of the anarchic weekend show Sunday Brunch.

Born in Merseyside in 1963, he taught himself to cook after initially studying fashion and textiles.

He opened vegetarian restaurant Greens in Manchester in 1990, and it quickly became one of the most exciting new eateries in the country.

The 54-year-old followed that up with his second restaurant – Earle, in Greater Manchester, which has met similar acclaim since opening in 2006.

Beyond his TV work, Simon has published five cookbooks, and regularly crops up writing in food mags.

He is married with two children, and an ardent football fan – he supports Liverpool, but appeared on BBC quiz Mastermind with Tranmere Rovers as his specialist subject.

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Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy have had a fruitful on-screen partnership for over a decade[/caption]

When did Simon start presenting Sunday Brunch?

After beginning his TV career with regular slots on shows such as This Morning and Granada Tonight, Simon got his big break on Something for the Weekend.

The Sunday morning BBC Two show featured cookery, drinks and celebrity guests, and saw the start of Simon’s fruitful on-screen partnership with Tim Lovejoy.

The cheeky duo presented Something for the Weekend from 2006-2012, when it was cancelled due to budget cuts.

However, Channel 4 jumped at the chance to snap up the popular programme and its star hosts, and launched the near-identical Sunday Brunch just a week after the show was axed.

In the five years since, the show has become essential weekend viewing for many, with its laid-back, often chaotic style leading to some frequently hilarious, and occasionally surreal live telly.

The hit show spawned a short-lived spin-off, Daily Brunch, in 2014, but the project lasted just eight weeks.

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Sunday Brunch frequently produces some truly hilarious telly[/caption]

What other TV shows has Simon appeared on?

Simon appeared on the very first series of the BBC elite cooking show Great British Menu in 2006.

However, he lost in the North of England heat to superstar chef Marcus Wareing.

He also presented the Channel 4 quiz show Win It, Cook It in 2014, and has fronted two series of Tricks of the Restaurant Trade.

When is Tricks Of The Restaurant Trade on and what is it about?

Series 3 of Tricks of the Restaurant Trade begins on October 16 at 8:30pm on Channel 4.

After fronting two series, Simon is back to delve into the world of eating out.

He will be exposing surprising tactics used by staff.

For example, in the last series he revealed that the second wine on a restaurant’s list has the biggest mark-up.

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.

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