I have twice won the much coveted Glenfiddich award for food writing – for Sainsbury's magazine where I was a Contributing Food Editor: my exposition on Brussels sprouts was held to be the definitive defence of this much maligned vegetable. However, they continue to be the only member of the brassica family that I loathe.
Having worked on the Mag (as we succinctly called it) for about six years I moved on to become Food Editor of the Daily Mail's Weekend Magazine. I endured this job for two years, the generous pay cheque being both an inducement and palliative. Whether I like a job or not, I always try to do my very best but it was a lesson in how money really isn't everything.
To date, I have written three cookery books. I am just about to begin writing a new book, this time on the subject of hotels.