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Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge avoids driving ban after being caught speeding


Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge ‘avoids driving ban after being caught speeding in his £118,000 Porsche because it would stop his new US road trip TV show’

  • Kerridge, 45, admitted doing 47mph in a 40mph zone in his £130,000 Porsche
  • He begged magistrates to allow him to drive so he could film the show this year
  • Magistrates said a driving ban would cause ‘exceptional hardship’ to Kerridge
  • Kerridge was fined £500 for one count of speeding and told to pay £165 costs

Brendan Mcfadden For Mailonline

Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge avoided being given a driving ban by magistrates for speeding in his Porche after telling them it would stop his US road trip TV show.

Kerridge, 45, admitted doing 47mph in a 40mph zone in his £130,000 Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.

The BBC2 Food and Drink host, who was clocked on the M4 near Brentford, West London, has now totted up 12 points for four speeding offences dating back to August 2016.

At Lavender Hill magistrates' court, celebrity chef Tom Kerridge avoided being given a driving ban by magistrates for speeding in his Porche after telling them it would stop his US road trip TV show

At Lavender Hill magistrates' court, celebrity chef Tom Kerridge avoided being given a driving ban by magistrates for speeding in his Porche after telling them it would stop his US road trip TV show

At Lavender Hill magistrates’ court, celebrity chef Tom Kerridge avoided being given a driving ban by magistrates for speeding in his Porche after telling them it would stop his US road trip TV show

Kerridge, 45, admitted doing 47mph in a 40mph zone in his £130,000 Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo (pictured)

Kerridge, 45, admitted doing 47mph in a 40mph zone in his £130,000 Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo (pictured)

Kerridge, 45, admitted doing 47mph in a 40mph zone in his £130,000 Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo (pictured)

The Sun reported he begged magistrates to allow him to drive so he could film his show and said he also needs his car to take his son to weekend football practice.  

He told Lavender Hill magistrates’ court: ‘My days are normally 18-hour days. Work-life balance is difficult to strike.’

 His lawyer Benjamin Waidhofer told magistrates that Kerridge can afford to be chauffeur driven but had to drive himself around the US for the series which is to be filmed later this year.

He said: ‘He has to be the driver. The effect of a disqualification would not be to push back that filming, it would practically be to destroy it.

‘There are deadlines and if it’s not done in that time, it can’t be done.’

The court heard Kerridge also needs to drive to run his food empire, which includes two Michelin-starred gastropubs in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. 

Magistrates said a driving ban would cause ‘exceptional hardship’.

Kerridge was fined £500 for one count of speeding and ordered to pay a £50 victim surcharge and £65 prosecution costs.    

The court heard Kerridge also needs to drive to run his food empire, which includes two Michelin-starred gastropubs in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. One of the gastro pubs, The Hand and Flowers is pictured

The court heard Kerridge also needs to drive to run his food empire, which includes two Michelin-starred gastropubs in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. One of the gastro pubs, The Hand and Flowers is pictured

The court heard Kerridge also needs to drive to run his food empire, which includes two Michelin-starred gastropubs in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. One of the gastro pubs, The Hand and Flowers is pictured

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