Jonathan Meades and Matthew Fort


The collective knowledge and wit of Matthew Fort and Jonathan Meades make this conversation one to savour! The iconoclastic Jonathan Meades is often considered to have been the best of all food critics during his tenure at the Times, and is still regarded by many as supreme.  Meades airs his trenchant and outspoken views about today's chefs and the food scene generally. He cites RADA,  "the Sandhurst for chorus boys", where he trained as an actor, as the place which instilled in him a lifelong discipline and, one suspects, his disdain for the pretentious.

Matthew Fort and Prue Leith

Matthew Fort Prue Leith

Matthew Fort talks to Prue Leith about, the job and obligation of the restaurant critic, celebrity chefs, The Great British Menu and more. 

Peppered with personal experiences and anecdotes, this witty, candid and occasionally outspoken conversation is to be savoured.

Julyan Wickham and Matthew Fort

Kensington PlaceKensington Place opened in 1987. The first of its kind, it was to be highly influential in the future of restaurant design in Britain.  It's glass facade brought the city into the restaurant;  it was uncompromisingly loud, buzzy and open to the world. 

The architect was Julyan Wickham who talks to Matthew Fort about the challenges of restaurant design.  The conversation ranges widely over issues of architecture and the restaurant scene.  Riveting stuff.

Matthew Fort: Summer in the Islands

 Matthew Fort

Matthew Fort reads extracts from his new book, Summer in the Islands: An Italian Odyssey.

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