The first, and one of the greatest of the TV chef's Keith Floyd was born in 1943 and educated at Wellington School in Somerset. In a chequered career, he was an army officer, a journalist, a dishwasher, a bartender, a cook, a restaurateur, with restaurants in France, Spain, Britain and currently Thailand. He wrote at least 25 books, presented about 20 television series, which are still being shown in over 40 countries worldwide and toured the UK with his award winning one man show 'Floyd Uncorked'. He lived in Provence near Avignon. Keith Floyd died in 2009.