Since winning Celebrity Masterchef in 2006 Matt Dawson has further pursued his love for food by filming two new food-based shows in 2011; “Matt and Allegra’s Big Farm” for UKTV’s the Good Food channel and “Tesco’s Real Food Family Cook Off” for Five. 2011 also saw the return of “Monster Munchies”, now in its second series on Good Food, a channel Matt has a strong relationship with having previously presented “Mitch and Matt’s Big Fish”. Matt has been a brand ambassador for Young’s Seafood and has recently used his creativity and knowledge by partnering with food brand Tulip to develop a range of fuller flavoured sausages. Now available in six tasty flavours, their reach extended into Tesco and Sainsburys in 2012, with more delicious additions planned for the future.
Matt is regarded as one of the more outspoken rugby icons and has had substantial experience in written journalism. His position as Team Captain since 2004 on BBC1’s much loved flagship sports quiz “A Question of Sport” has elevated him from a well-known rugby player to a national TV personality, and the show continues to average 8+ million viewers per week. In 2011 he toured the UK with “A Question of Sport Live” which was a great success and he continues as a regular guest presenter and commentator on BBC Radio Five Live, hosting shows discussing a wide range of sports such as golf and tennis. 2012 saw Matt continue to work across BBC Sport’s rugby coverage, contributing to their 6 Nations coverage and presenting online content in the form of the popular “Dawson Debates”. In 2012, Matt joined the BBC Olympic presenting team where he covered the cycling from the velodrome for Radio Five Live.
Part of the England squad that took the country to victory in the 2003 World Cup, Matt is an institution in the world of rugby. With 77 caps under his belt, he is England’s most capped scrum half, captaining the side 9 times. He played for Northampton and the London Wasps as well as for England, and represented the British & Irish Lions on three tours. During the 1998 tour to Australia and New Zealand – ‘The Tour from Hell’ – Matt was congratulated on his leadership. He also captained the England Rugby team to win the Six Nations Championships in 2000. In 2011 Matt produced his own rugby DVD entitled “Matt Dawson’s Rip Roaring Rugby” with personally chosen footage and highlights of the game.
In 2012, Matt teamed up with Bordeaux Wines to help produce a series of video clips and booklet that features exclusive food and wine pairings that featured in in The Telegraph and the Times in December 2012.
With Matt’s successful sporting career, his interests and pursuits following – including runner-up on BBC1’s prime-time institution that is “Strictly Come Dancing” – and his ever increasing popularity with the media and general public; he is your ideal choice to promote your business or brand.
Matt is married to wife Carolin and they have a baby son Alex.
- Rugby World Cup winner and MBE
- Winner of Celebrity Masterchef & runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing
- Co-creator and face of Tulip’s Fuller Flavour Sausage Company
- Presenter of UKTV’s Good Food channel’s Big Farm and Monster Munchies
- Co-Presenter of Five’s Real Food Family Cook Off
- Team Captain on BBC’s A Question of Sport
- Face of Young’s Seafood TV ad campaign
- “Matt Dawson’s Rip Roaring Rugby” DVD
- Brand Ambassador for Bordeaux Wines
- 183,000 Twitter followers to date