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Sunday Brunch chef Simon Rimmer, 58, was absent from the programme at the weekend, with co-host Tim Lovejoy, 53, presenting alongside Miquita Oliver, 37.

When Sunday Brunch began, Lovejoy told viewers "No Simon this week! He's off."

Many fans were left wondering where Simon was, with many taking to social media to express that they were missing the presenter.

The programme, which is a popular weekend daytime show, has been hosted by Rimmer and Lovejoy since 2012.

Prior to Sunday Brunch, Rimmer worked with Lovejoy on the BBC Two Programme Something for the Weekend between 2006 and 2012, and co-wrote the book The Lazy Brunch together in 2008.

However, Rimmer took to social media last night to reassure fans that he would be back on Sunday Brunch next week, saying "Wish I could tell you a dramatic story as to why I was off Sunday Brunch C4 today – I was just having a week off!

"See you next week x "

But as fans shared their disappointment at not seeing the star on their screens, Daily Star has taken a look inside his impressive life.

Who is Simon Rimmer?

Simon Rimmer is a popular television chef who has hosted a number of programmes including Sunday Brunch, and has restaurants across the UK.

Born on May 5 1963 in Wallasey, Wirral, Rimmer worked in jobs such as being a filing clerk at an Insurance Broker when he was at sixth form college, before embarking on his career as a chef.

He also originally studied fashion and textile design at Leicester Polytechic, before teaching himself to cook in 1990.

Not long after, he bought Greens restaurant in West Didsbury, Manchester.

Speaking to Kate Thornton on her podcast White Wine Question Time at the weekend, Rimmer revealed that he nearly went bankrupt in the nineties, after becoming "too cocky" following the opening of his successful vegetarian restaurant Greens.

He said, "The next really big pivotal moment, I think then we got cocky and we opened another restaurant that wasn't veggie that was just around the corner from here and we nearly went bankrupt as we opened a third one pretty soon after that."

However, Rimmer now has a number of restaurants across the UK, including branches of Rudys in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, Liberty Tavern in Woolton Village Liverpool and Alberts Schloss in Manchester.

He currently lives in Manchester with his wife Ali, their two children, their dog Cali and cat Glinda.

In an interview with the Daily Express in July 2020, Rimmer said that the best day of his life was the birth of his kids, saying "when you're handed your child and you become a parent, it's the most amazing moment."

During lockdown, fans were given a glimpse of his impressive kitchen when he presented Sunday Brunch from home.

The modern and spacious kitchen featured skylights, dining area and porcelain, tiled walls.

During this time, he also presented cooking demos on his Instagram page.

The chef is estimated to have a net worth of £1.2 million and in addition to Sunday Brunch and his restaurants, has released a series of books and hosted programmes including Making a Meal of it on BBC Two and Secrets of our favourite snacks on Channel 4.

Strictly come dancing fans will also recognise the chef from the 2017 series of the show, where he and his partner danced all the way to week six, until the pair were eliminated from the competition.

He also isn't shy of testing his knowledge on celebrity television shows either, appearing on programmes including Pointless Celebrities and Celebrity Mastermind, where his specialist topic was football club Tranmere Rovers.

It is reported that Rimmer is a fan of Liverpool Football Club and for his 50th birthday, received a signed shirt from Liverpool Football Club legend Kenny Dalglish.

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