Xanthe Clay misspent her youth backpacking round Arabia, China and South America, eating and drinking her way through the good (mezze, ceviche and dim sum) the bad (camel tripe) and the downright dangerous (bootleg pisco sours).
Back in the UK, she worked as a bookseller specialising in cookery books, and when the bookshop chain folded she spent her redundancy money training to be a chef. She worked as a chef and caterer in the West Country before starting the Readers’ Recipe column for the Telegraph. Since then she has worked on both food and cookery features for Telegraph, as well as writing for a host of other publications.
Xanthe Clay is President of the Guild of Food Writers and UK & Ireland Academy Chair for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.
Xanthe will be doing her chocolates with Lisa Clarke.
Lisa Clarke is the owner of The Chocolate Tart, a cookery school teaching the general public how to make professional handmade chocolates. Lisa runs a selection of hands- on classes including tutored chocolate tastings. The school is based south of Bristol in Congresbury where the classes are run in beautiful converted barn.
Her motto is ‘never be faithful to one bar of chocolate’ !