As a keen gardener, I have a growing interest in food – what we eat and how we grow it. On a macro level, I’m interested in how our food habits are changing the world.
I edited, and contributed to, the 5th edition of the Time Out Cheap Eats guide. As a regular restaurant reviewer for the Time Out Eating Guide I wrote reviews on Italian, French, Vegetarian and Modern British restaurants. As blogger for the Feng Sushi, the sushi restaurant chain, I also wrote on food and drink-related matters as diverse as tea-drinking in China, to sustainability in fishing or the curious life cycle of the eel. My love of Italy is not unconnected with my love of food and wine.
In 2011, I helped set up a community garden with my neighbour. We converted a piece of wasteland in central Hackney into a burgeoning growing space that is used by 100s of gardeners and volunteers every year. Read more about the garden here (written by my neighbour). Cordwainers Grow developed out of the garden, and runs workshops related to gardening and growing, such as the Hackney Herbal workshops, and Lessons in Dyeing (using dye plants grown in the garden).
I’m about to embark on a horticulture and landscaping course at Capel Manor. Expect to hear more about that soon.