TV chef Si King has said, “there is no Hairy Bikers without Dave.”

Dave Myers died in February at the age of 66 after suffering from cancer and he was one half of the motorcycle-riding cooking duo with co-presenter King.

King sat down with The Observer and discussed learning of Dave’s cancer diagnosis, losing his “best mate” and what the future holds for him.

In an interview with journalist and food critic Jay Rayner for The Observer, King said he has started to “think about what I want to do” following Myers’ death.

He said: “There’s obviously the sense of losing your best mate.

“But there’s also a sense of loss in that the experiences we had together can’t go on.”

He continued: “What was wonderful about my mate Dave was that he absolutely embraced the moment.

“He used to drive me mad. I’d tell him to say something negative for a bit, but he just loved being a Hairy Biker.”

King shared his appreciation for The Observer, saying: “It was the Observer who gave us our first serious piece of coverage,” King said.

“The Observer really launched the Hairy Bikers. And it will end with them, too.”

Si King reveals how Dave told him of his cancer diagnosis

TV chef Myers announced he was undergoing chemotherapy in May 2022 but he didn’t specify what type of cancer he had.

Speaking about his diagnosis, King said: “Dave called me. I had to pull over. I just couldn’t compute it. I must have sounded terrible.

“There was just a level of disbelief. And to be perfectly honest I couldn’t get my head around it all the way through his fight.

“Is this really happening? My best mate?”

Speaking about his treatment, he said: “You have to go with the psyche of the patient. It was all about the fight right to the very last day.”

“We are two working-class lads and we like a scrap. When it became apparent this was going to be a long haul it was about making things as comfortable as possible for Dave, both physically and mentally.

“We had to be led by him. It’s about being kind.”

King said Myers received the “love and support of his wife”, Liliana Orzac, whom he met while filming in Romania.

“The reality was he just didn’t want to go. It was too soon,” he said.

“He had a home he wanted to live in and we had a handle on our careers. He was looking forward to spending more time with his beloved Lili and his stepkids.

“He’d just arrived and no one wants to leave when they’ve just arrived. It wasn’t time to go. It’s a cruel disease.”

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Si King discusses his future following death of Dave Myers

Reflecting on his future, King said: “It’s only in the past couple of weeks that I’ve started to think about what I want to do.

“I’ve spent all my life from very young thinking about what other people want and what their needs and aspirations are.

“So to be presented at my age with the question of what you really want to do is very difficult. We were a partnership, a double act.”

Si King hopes he and the Hairy Bikers fanbase will ‘start another journey together’

He continued: “It would be incredibly churlish not to say thank you to our fanbase. I sincerely hope that whatever I do next they come with me and we start another journey together.”

“There is no Hairy Bikers without Dave. Because it’s plural,” he added.

Earlier this month, thousands of motorcyclists travelled from London to Barrow-in-Furness, Myers’ hometown, as part of the first Dave Day, held in honour of Myers.

King and Liliana appeared on a stage where they thanked those who had come out to pay tribute to Myers.

When did the Hairy Bikers meet?

The duo met in 1995 on the set of a TV drama and they went on to build a friendship and successful career together, publishing more than 20 cookbooks together.

They also presented shows including The Hairy Bikers Ride Again; The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour Of Britain; The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best; and The Hairy Bikers’ Cook Off.