Loyd Grossman OBE
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Lyod Grossman is a British icon even though he is from Boston. He is instantly recognisable from his exaggerated English /Bostonian accent. This recognisable voice is often mimicked and even his own sauces advert pokes fun at his voice.
He graduated from Boston University (B.A. History) before coming to the United Kingdom in 1975 to study at the London School of Economics (M.Sc.EconHist).
While in college in Boston he started to write restaurant reviews.
He was in a punk band called Jet Bronx and The Forbidden. They reached number 47 in the British charts. He has recently performed with The New Forbidden at a festival in The Isle of Man.
Worked at Harper Bizarre in London and The Sunday Times. He worked as a restaurant critic for 12 years.
He became famous for working with Sir David Frost on Through the Keyhole (19 years) and Masterchef (for 10 years).
Loyd's knowledge of and fascination with food led him to create his own brand in 1995 which became Britain's most successful new premium food brand and now has annual sales of £65 million.
In 2000 he was appointed by the British government to look into ways of improving food in hospitals.
. Loves to travel and is an avid scuba diver.
. Awarded OBE in 2003.
. He got his MPhil this summer and is now going on to do a PhD at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
His lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has involved him in a number of organisations. He is a former Commissioner of the Museums and Galleries Commission, a former Commissioner of English Heritage (where he was Commissioner with Special Responsibility for the North West, and chairman of the Museums Advisory Committee and the Blue Plaques Panel), a former Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and a founding member of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. He created the 24 Hour Museum (the world's most comprehensive museums and galleries website) and was its Chairman until 2005.
Loyd is the founder and Chairman of the Campaign for Museums, past Chairman of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, Patron of the Association for Heritage Interpretation, President of the British Association of Friends of Museums, a Fellow of St Deiniol's Library, former Chairman of Culture Northwest (the Cultural Consortium for North West England) and former Chairman of National Museums Liverpool. He was a member of the Court of Governors of the LSE from 1996-2009 and is now an Emeritus Governor of the LSE.
In 2007 he was appointed Chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust, and in 2008 he became Chairman of the UK's newest university, the University for the Creative Arts.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was appointed OBE in 2003 and was recently awarded a Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Chester in recognition of his heritage work.
TV Credits include:
. Through The Keyhole (1983-2003),
. Masterchef (1990-2000),
. The Dog's Tale (1993),
. The World on a Plate (1996),
. Loyd on Location (1998-)
. The History of British Sculpture (2003).
. Step up to the Plate (2008)
. Build Britain
. He has also written and presented a series, Composers at Home, for Radio 3.
Masterchef: Loyd presented from 1990-2000
In the original series, three amateur chefs took part in each episode, each week they became closer to winning the title of "Masterchef". Their task was to cook a gourmet, three-course meal in under two hours. Contestants could cook whatever they liked, though there was a price limit on ingredients.
Loyd was the original presenter of the series and was joined each week by two guest judges, one a professional chef, the other a celebrity. Loyd and the guest judges discussed the menus, wandered around talking to the contestants, and finally ate and judged the food at the end.
Through The Keyhole:
First started as a segment on TV-am in 1983. It then moved to ITV and then Sky. It can now be seen on BBC. Each week the contestants had to guess who's house the video clip was snooping around. Loyd was the house detective on the series up to 2003. Loyd's catchphrases were: We've deliberated, cogitated and digested', 'Who'd live in a house like this?', and 'David, it's over to you.'