September 25, 2019

Read, write, reflect


What do an artist, interior decorator, photographer, company director, Masterchef UK finalist and wealth specialist have in common? Passion, a love of food and wine and the ambition to write.

These like-minded, energetic individuals gathered together on an overcast Saturday with the crashing sea as a backdrop, to be inspired at our introductory food-writing course. After perfecting the writing of their personal bio’s and getting to grips with the agony and ecstasy of being a freelance writer, we covered the theory of professionally reviewing a restaurant and interviewing a chef. It was then time to practically teach ‘taste’ – the art and science of how to detect different flavours. Food writing is a multi-sensory experience in which all aspects need to be detailed and described. Developing an appropriate vocabulary is part of the deliciousness!

Salsify at The Roundhouse was our next stop, for a superlative lunch experience, and time to chat to executive chef Ryan Cole. Whilst devouring a delectable meal the attendees scribbled many a note and took a plethora of photographs on their phones to serve as visual memories. It was then back to base to go through the basics of what to read if you wish to write before these willing participants set their goals. They gathered their wits about them, and left armed with assignments to complete, now a group of food writers who will make excellent headway.

Watch out for the December edition of the Gourmet Guide online magazine, where some of these budding writers will share their talents. Keep your eyes peeled for details of the next course, or, if you wish to be put on a mailing list, mail Natalie on