The Guardian’s Food and Drink Editor, Matthew is also known as the friendlier face of the somewhat stern judging panel on The Great British Menu. An award-winning food writer, he has also written for the Telegraph and the FT, and has described his food-related travels around Italy.


Food writer and critic Matthew Fort appears on BBC2’s The Great British Menu. Sitting alongside Prue Leith and Oliver Peyton he is the friendly face on an often stern judging panel.

Matthew was the Food and Drink Editor at the Guardian for over a decade, having previously spent several years as a copywriter and creative in the advertising world. A chance invitation to write a food column for the FT led to a wide variety of writing and he has been a regular contributor to Esquire, the Daily Telegraph, Illustrated London News and Waitrose Food Illustrated before settling at the Guardian.

The winner of the Glenfiddich Food Writer and Restaurant Writer of the Year Awards, Matthew has also written a number of food-related books. Passionate about Italy and its cuisine, he is the author of foodie travelogues Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons: Travels in Sicily on a Vespa and of
Eating Up Italy: Voyages on a Vespa. His other titles include Rhubarb and Black Pudding and Cooking by Numbers: From eating alone to the more the merrier.

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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH