Simon Rimmer has revealed his secret to looking good at 60 – with the TV chef saying he never eats processed foods and attends three boxing workouts a week.
The Sunday Brunch presenter, who has been at the helm of the Channel 4 show alongside co-host Tim Lovejoy, 55, for the past 17 years, turned the milestone age in May and admits he also owes his youthful appearance to ‘good genes.’
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, the father-of-two explained that sticking to a healthy ‘Mediterranean diet’, drinking two litres of water per day, and adhering to a strict skincare regime, has kept him looking and feeling young.
He said: ‘I do look after myself. I’m not a big drinker and I exercise all the time. I don’t eat any processed food, I do all the things that people say you should do, I eat loads of veggies, loads of fish, and loads of pulses.
‘I eat loads of fruit and vegetables and drinks gallons of water. I probably drink two litres of water every day without fail. That Mediterranean style diet, people in the Med don’t look brilliant without good reason. Avoiding junk food is the main thing.
Simon Rimmer has revealed his secret to looking good at 60 – with the TV chef saying he never eats processed foods and attends three boxing workouts a week
The father-of-two explained that sticking to a ‘Mediterranean diet’, drinking two litres of water per day, and adhering to a strict skincare regime, has kept him looking and feeling young
The Sunday Brunch presenter, who has been at the helm of the Channel 4 show alongside co-host Tim Lovejoy for the past 17 years, turned the milestone age in May
‘I have got good genes. My dad will be 90 next month, he is a bit old and frail, but he is still mentally absolutely great, and my mum is 86 and goes to the gym three times a week. My sister is 63 and she looks 20 years younger.’
Confessing that there are times where he possesses weak moments and indulges in the odd takeaway, Simon added: ‘Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I never have a dirty kebab but in general, I cook my own food all the time.
‘I overeat sometimes, I’m a chef, I love eating out but in general terms when I’m at home I eat really well.’
And it’s not just his diet that Simon keeps a watchful eye on.
The Channel 4 star also does three boxing workouts a week, admitting he has become ‘obsessed’ with the sport that leaves him invigorated.
He said: ‘I go boxing three times a week. Historically, football was my game and then I snapped my achilles ten years ago, so I stopped playing football.
‘Then running was always my thing but I have a knackered left knee, so I stopped doing that and then I started boxing and I love it. I am quite obsessed by it.’
The chef, who owns 28 restaurants up and down the country, isn’t planning on slowing down now he’s in his 60s.
The Channel 4 star also does three boxing workouts a week, admitting he has become ‘obsessed’ with the sport that leaves him invigorated (pictured in November 2019)
Simon hopes to achieve a lifelong dream of writing his first crime novel after being encouraged to do so by two guests on the Sunday Brunch show.
He explained: ‘I have decided for my 60th that I’m going to have a testimonial year.
‘The goal that I have tried to set myself I have been trying to write a book for years and I’ve never done it.
‘We had Josie Long on the show last week and she said I should book myself a week away in a little cottage on my own somewhere and I would really like to do it.
‘Marian Keyes was on the show about three years ago and we had to write for her and she said “you really should write, this is really good” and then she came on the second time and we had to write something else for her and she said “I told you before, this is really good.” Maybe this is the year to do it.’
The Sunday Brunch host reveals the cooking show that also welcomes five celebrity guests each week is his dream job and says being a TV staple enables producers to try new things.
He laughs that the show’s latest feature involves viewers spotting a hidden ‘Mystery Banana’ somewhere on screen, which Simon says is ‘utter nonsense’ but adds to the ‘joyousness’ of the long running series.
He said: ‘It has been 17 years. We were on the BBC for six years and we have been on Channel 4 for 11 years now so every Sunday even when we moved from BBC Two to Channel 4, we didn’t miss a week.
Simon has teamed up with Sainsbury’s who this week have launched Book-a-BBQ Garden after discovering that 71 per cent of Brits won’t be hosting a BBQ this summer due to lack of space
Sainsbury’s are offering customers the opportunity to book a free BBQ space via Design My Night, which are available from today until Saturday, on London’s South Bank
‘We have been really lucky it is the best job in the world, and we have become part of Britain’s Sundays and I am incredibly proud that we are up there with the Sunday papers.’
‘The show works on a Sunday. We are under no illusion that probably 50 per cent of our audience is hungover and I quite like that. I have always been amazed that Channel 4 have never managed to secure Nurofen or Berocca as a sponsor for the show because I think it is an ideal fit.
‘The show evolves, whilst it is still the same show as it was when we started, because we are on 52 weeks of the year, we can try new things. We are not pressured by a 10-week run like right now we are doing this ‘Mystery Banana’, which is just utter nonsense, but we love it!’
Simon has teamed up with Sainsbury’s who this week have launched Book-a-BBQ Garden after discovering that 71 per cent of Brits won’t be hosting a BBQ this summer due to lack of space.
Sainsbury’s are offering customers the opportunity to book a free BBQ space via Design My Night, which are available from today until Saturday, on London’s South Bank.
And they’ve also got the food taken care of, providing lucky guests with free hampers stocked full of Sainsbury’s summer range, which Simon says himself is delicious.
Simon explained: ‘Basically, Sainsbury’s have set up this amazing campaign where it is revealed and particularly for Londoners that almost two thirds of people in the UK won’t host a BBQ this year and a lot of the reason being that people don’t have the space to do it.
‘They are doing this great thing down on the South Bank, which is called Book-a-BBQ garden so basically you get 90 minutes of free BBQing, teamed up with Weber, all the products you get are free from their amazing Taste the Difference summer range, so you get all those BBQ flavours.
And they’ve also got the food taken care of, providing lucky guests with free hampers stocked full of Sainsbury’s summer range, which Simon says himself is delicious
Simon admits he became ‘obsessed’ with Sainsbury’s Greek Inspired Whipped Feta Salad, which is on the menu this weekend at London’s South Bank
‘You have all the grill experts on hand to help and teach you, so it is brilliant. The products are great, I have genuinely tasted pretty much all the products that they’re using, I get to taste so many things but their Beef Rib & Brisket Burgers and Greek Inspired Whipped Feta Salad, I am quite obsessed with. I literally stood at my fridge and ate the whole thing!’
Simon added: ‘One of the problems with BBQing is that the prep side of things is key to it but if you’re using the products that Sainsbury’s have developed then it’s really simple.
‘The chicken kebabs they have with orange, honey and chilli are beautiful, you literally take them out of the packet and on the BBQ, job done.’
- BBQ fanatic and TV chef Simon Rimmer has teamed up with Sainsbury’s to launch the Book-a-BBQ Garden, a first-of-its- kind FREE BBQ space on London’s South Bank, open on Thursday 1st until Saturday 3rd June, available to book on Design My Night