Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi

Born in Tehran, Shappi Khorsandi was bought up in London after her family fled Iran following the Islamic Revolution as her satirist father, Hadi, criticised the Ayatollah.

She started comedy around 1997, and made her first appearance at Edinburgh in 2000 – as part of a triple-hander show with Russell Brand and Mark Felgate.

She made her solo debut in 2003, returning in 2006 and 2007 – the year she was nomianted for best breakthrough act at the Chortle Awards.

She has appeared on a number of Radio 4 programmes, including Quote... Unquote, Loose Ends, You and Yours, Midweek, Just A Minute, The Now Show and The News Quiz.

A book about her childhood experiences of growing up in London in the Seventies is due to be published in spring 2009.

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Comics to play 'difficult diners' in new CBBC show

Trying to find the chefs and restaurateurs of the future

Comedians including Shappi Khorsandi, Ken Cheng, Rosie Jones are to play 'difficult diners’ in a new CBBC show.

Step Up To The Plate will search for the next generation of chefs and restaurateurs.

Teams of 10- to 14 year-olds will be through their paces as they set out to uncover a maître d' and head chef

They learn skills from mentors, but then have to cope with awkward customers, who also include comics  Johnny Cochrane and Inel Tomlinson – who are known to kids' TV viewers from The Johnny and Inel Show – and Stacy Liu of CBBC drama The Dumping Ground.

The show is hosted by Fred Sirieix, the maître d' from  Channel 4's First Dates, and celebrity chef Allegra McEvedy.

Sirex, pictured, said: 'I’ve always wanted to showcase the hospitality industry in all its glory. This show is a unique opportunity to do that and to teach kids the art of service and the art of running a restaurant. It’s about inspiring and educating the next generation of professionals into the world of catering and hospitality because it is a wonderful industry and there are great career prospects there.'

Here's a clip featuring  Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard as a diner:

Step Up To The Plate starts on CBBC from Monday August 12 

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Published: 17 Jul 2019

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