Ainsley Harriott splits from wife Clare after 23 years of marriage


Not so Steady any more: TV chef Ainsley Harriott splits from wife Clare after 23 years of marriage

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11:12 GMT, 23 November 2012

TV chef Ainsley Harriott and his wife Clare have separated after 23 years of marriage.

The former Ready, Steady, Cook host, 55, and former costume designer Clare confirmed their split in statement.

A spokesman for the star told the MailOnline: 'Following media speculation, Ainsley and Clare Harriott confirm that they are currently living apart.

Split: TV chef Ainsley Harriott and his wife Clare, pictured in 2008, have separated

Split: TV chef Ainsley Harriott and his wife Clare, pictured in 2008, have separated

'Their separation is completely amicable and, as yet, they have no definite plans for the future.

'They remain close and, together with their family, they ask that their
privacy be respected. They will be making no further comment.'

The couple, who previously lived together in a 1million home in South London, have two children Jimmy, 20, and Maddie, 17.

Handy in the kitchen: Ainsley hosted the Great British Food Revival earlier this year

Handy in the kitchen: Ainsley hosted the Great British Food Revival earlier this year

In 2004, their marriage were rocked by reports that Ainsley had an affair, however he launched a legal battle to stop the name of his alleged mistress becoming public knowledge.

Speaking of his wife in an interview several years ago, Ainsley said: 'My wife Clare, she’s wonderful. I’m spoiled, but then she gets all those lovely meals cooked for her.'

Ainsley started his TV career as a chef on Good Morning With Anne And Nick, then Can't Cook, Won't Cook.

In 2000, he replaced Fern Britton as the host of BBC show Ready Steady Cook until it was axed two years ago.