BBC Tributes to Dave Myers: 'So glad they got one last adventure together

BBC Tributes to Dave Myers, one-half of the beloved TV cooking duo The Hairy Bikers, passed away at the age of 66 after a two-year battle with cancer. His death was announced on 29 February 2024, leaving a void in the hearts of millions who were captivated by his and Si King’s culinary adventures across the UK and the world.

Myers, from Barrow-in-Furness, and King, who described Myers as his “best friend,” shared a bond and friendship that spanned over half a lifetime, making their partnership not just a professional one but a deeply personal and cherished friendship.

BBC Tributes to Dave Myers: 'So glad they got one last adventure together
BBC Tributes to Dave Myers: ‘So glad they got one last adventure together

Myers’ journey in the culinary world began in the 1990s when he and King met and decided to combine their love for food and travel. Their first TV show, “The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook,” was broadcast in 2005, and it quickly became a hit, leading to a series of successful cooking shows that explored different regions and cuisines. Their shows, which included “The Hairy Bikers Ride Again,” “The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain,” and “The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best,” among others, not only showcased their culinary skills but also their infectious enthusiasm for food and travel. The duo’s cookbooks sold more than six million copies, further cementing their status as culinary icons.

Myers’ life was not just about food and cooking; it was also about sharing his love for life and his experiences. He was known for his warm and approachable personality, which made every viewer feel like a friend.
His journey with cancer was a testament to his strength and resilience, as he continued to share his culinary adventures with the world, even as he battled the disease. His final series, “The Hairy Bikers Go West,” started in February 2024, and in the first episode, he expressed his joy and gratitude for being able to return to his motorbike, a symbol of his love for travel and adventure.

Myers’ death has left a profound impact on the culinary world and beyond. Tributes from fellow celebrities, including James Martin, Paul Hollywood, and Andi Oliver, highlighted Myers’ exceptional qualities as a cook, communicator, and person. His legacy will continue to inspire and delight millions of viewers around the world with his unique blend of culinary expertise, infectious enthusiasm, and heartwarming personality.

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The BBC, in a statement, expressed its deep sadness at Myers’ passing, acknowledging his significant contribution to cooking and his unique partnership with Si King. The statement also paid tribute to Myers as a lovely man who made cooking a truly joyful adventure for millions. The BBC’s tribute underscores the immense impact Myers had on the culinary world and the public’s love for him and his work.

Dave Myers’ death marks the end of an era for many, but his legacy will live on through the countless lives he touched with his culinary adventures and his unwavering spirit. His journey, from his early days as a make-up artist at the BBC to becoming a beloved TV chef and culinary icon, is a testament to his passion, dedication, and the joy he brought to millions through his work. His memory will be cherished by his family, friends, and fans worldwide, who will continue to be inspired by his culinary adventures and his indomitable spirit.

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