Chef and Broadcaster

Simon Rimmer was born in Wallasey, Merseyside, on May 5, 1963. He originally studied fashion and textile design at Leicester Polytechnic in 1982 and left with a 2:1. He worked as a freelance designer for five years. He used to sell textile designs in Japan, the States and Europe and even produced a range of hand-painted pottery, which was sold in places such as Liberty, Harrods and Harvey Nichols!

After a few years hard work, Simon couldn’t see how he would progress in the industry so he decided to buy a restaurant with a friend – and hasn’t looked back! Simon’s TV career came from a phone call one day when he was working at Greens. Granada Breeze, a lifestyle channel, was looking for someone to do a feature on vegetarian cooking. He had never harboured any ambition to be on TV but kept getting asked back.

He is the resident chef and co-presenter on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch alongside Tim Lovejoy. He was formerly the resident chef on BBC Two’s Something for the Weekend, hosted by Tim Lovejoy and Strictly 2016 runner-up, Louise Redknapp. He is also the founder of award-winning vegetarian restaurant Greens in Manchester.

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Simon will be taking part in the fifteenth series of Strictly and is partnered with Karen Clifton

Strictly Come Dancing

Week Dance Song Judges scores TotalLeaderboard
1 Paso doble Song 2 3 5 5 4 17 =12th (15)
2 Waltz You'll Never Walk Alone 4 4 6 5 19 =11th (15)
3 Quickstep You've Got A Friend In Me 3 5 6 5 19 11th (14)
4 Samba Copacabana 4 5 5 5 19 =12th (13)
5 Charleston Fit As A Fiddle (And Ready For Love) 5 5 6 - 16 =9th (12)
6 American Smooth Delilah 2 5 5 4 16 11th (11)

*Bruno Tonioli was away for Week 5 and only Craig, Darcey and Shirley scored the dances.

Simon's Best Bits

Week 6 - American Smooth

Week 5 - Charleston

Week 4 - Samba

Week 3 - Quickstep

Week 2 - Waltz

WEEK 1 - Paso doble


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