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The Best (2002)

Silvana’s prime time debut on BBC’s The Best with co-presenters and top chefs  Ben O’Donoghue and Paul Merrett and featuring, of course, her favourite crispy belly pork. 

Filmed at Fork studio in Peckham a location still owned and cared for by Silvana and her best friends and fellow foodies Jenny White and Angela Boggiano

Ainsley Gourmet Express - BBC (2001)

One of Silvana’s first tv appearances ‘cooking’ in a caravan with Ainsley

Hi-Lo Club (2004)

Weeks after the arrival of Fabio came UKTV Food’s The Hi Lo Club - a healthy cooking programme hosted by wonderful sidekick and current Chief Exec and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, Paul Roseby OBE

ITV’s Daily Cooks (2006)

Cooking a couscous frittata alongside AWT

Local Food Heroes (2007)

Out and about in Derbyshire for Gary Rhodes

The Good Food Channel’s Market Kitchen (2007)

Cooking top brunch Eggs Benedict in the middle of Borough Market

Waitrose TV (2012)

8 year old Fabio’s first on screen appearance making spooky sausage rolls

Waitrose TV (2013)

And joined here by a 3 year old Cassia making a present for Fathers’ Day

Archive

Silvana’s video and television career began behind the scenes as a food stylist, home economist and writer for iconic daytime cookery series Can’t Cook Won’t Cook. Continuing to work on several series in the UK and in the US with her early mentor, chef  Ainsley Harriott led to her occasional appearance on screen as his sidekick and then to co-hosting her own series The Best for the BBC. 

Silvana has guested on many programmes such as This Morning, GMTV and Market Kitchen. As the years pass we see an eye-popping array of different hairstyles and lipgloss and the appearance of her children Fabio and Cassia as food assistants.

Waitrose TV (2014)

The out-takes from the family duffin video released by Waitrose and filmed at home in the original Brook House Kitchen

Waitrose TV (2014)

And the final, blooper-free version of the duffin video.

Waitrose TV (2015)

Visiting the Waitrose farm Leckford Estate to hear about their apples and pears