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The Inflating Shopping Basket

The Inflating Shopping Basket

Commissioned at the end of 2013, my latest documentary for Radio 4 was meant to air in Jan 2014. However it was put back until this January for a variety of reasons. So, after ‘a year in the waiting’ in December producer Lucy Proctor and I finally got cracking. The programme was a joy to work...
4000 pubs to close, and why that might not be a bad thing

4000 pubs to close, and why that might not be a bad thing

The news that the latest issue of The Good Pub Guide predict 'up to 4,000 pubs will close in the next year, but they are the ones "stuck in the 1980s" offering indifferent drink and food' was picked by just about every media outlet going, from the Guardian, to Epworth Bells and Crowle Advertiser . Sometimes stories catch...
The 'test tube' burger, and what it means for meat eaters

The ‘test tube’ burger, and what it means for meat eaters

Of all the weeks to go on holiday I picked the one which saw pretty much everyone in the UK food world attend a press conference to showcase the world's first 'test tube' burger. Not only did I miss that, but also the opportunity to rant about it on the airwaves, having to politely decline...
What’s the Future for the Cookbook?

What’s the Future for the Cookbook?

In this app-enabled digital age, what’s the future for the printed cookery book? Well The Food Programme asked me to find out, and it’s a lot more complex than you think. You can read all about my day spent criss-crossing London in search of answers on lovefood.com. You can hear the programme here, or get...
My book ‘Food Britannia’ wins the Guild of Food Writer’s ‘Food Book of the Year 2012’

My book ‘Food Britannia’ wins the Guild of Food Writer’s ‘Food Book of the Year 2012’

Blimey, well there you go. Not bad for a first book, eh? It was an emotionally charged evening at Fishmongers Hall on Wednesday night (30 May). I didn’t really feel nervous until my category was called, then could hardly take in the judges’ comments read aloud by the host. There was then a pause which...
How to be a food writer & how to write for the web

How to be a food writer & how to write for the web

Recently we began recruiting a new writer for the editorial jugganaut that is Lovefood.com. When one candidate asked about the team structure I replied ‘how many people do you think there are?’ ‘six?’ came the reply. Wrong, there’s one (me), soon to be two.  Much of my time then is spent managing a team of...
Me on Steve Wright's show

Me on Steve Wright’s show

A few weeks ago Steve Wright thumbed through a copy of my book on air and liked the look of it. I ask Random House's PR to see if they'd like me to come on the show and talk about it in person, which they did. Below is my interview with Steve and the crew,...
Me on BBC Radio Newcastle

Me on BBC Radio Newcastle

Today I appeared on Simon Logan's show on BBC Radio Newcastle. They cut the interview into three chunks, starter, main course and dessert after the news. You can listen to the whole 11 mins below. Andrew Webb on BBC Radio Newcastle 11mins If you've not got time for that then why not just listen to...
Video promo for Food Britannia

Video promo for Food Britannia

Here’s a short promo for Food Britannia giving you just a taste of what the book’s about, to see more of me on film visit the Showreel page, to read a sample of the book and see reviews, visit the Food Britannia page.

Iron Chef UK

Iron chef, the hit Japanese → US culinary cage fight is finally coming to Channel 4 on April 26th. This is a foodie ‘Battle Royale’ with pride -as well as £1000 – at stake. The format, for those of you that don’t know is thus. The four resident Iron Chefs – Tom Aikens, Martin Blunos, Judy...

Media training for chefs, some top tips

Tony Naylor’s column in this month’s Restaurant magazine debates the pros and cons of chefs letting TV cameras into their kitchens. [abridged as I can’t find it online: Great British Menu is worth doing] Now, as someone who has spent many an hour filming in hot, confined kitchens on behalf of Channel 4 I’ve a...

Eating Eurovision

Occupying my spare time for the next few weeks is my latest project, Eating Eurovision. The premise? Can 25 food bloggers eat the cuisine of the 25 Eurovision finalists in 25 hours all within the M25? If you want to join up, get yourself along to our Ning group. Should be good fun, now I...