It was when I was studying Moliere for my French ‘A’ level that I first came upon the quote: ‘you should eat to live, and not live to eat’. Realising that I disagreed with this misanthropic advice, a life spent enjoying the delights of the table and the glass was inevitable.
Originally from Hampshire, I came to Norfolk to study modern languages in 1988, and like many UEA graduates, decided to make Norwich my home after graduating. Since then, I have built a successful career in public relations, and run my own PR consultancy since 2004.
Alongside my day job, I have built a reputation for food and drink writing, contributing to a number of newspapers and magazines. I am particularly passionate about persuading people to abandon convenience foods and rediscover the joy of cooking.
My food writing career has enabled me to meet several of my culinary heroes, including Paul Bocuse, Ferran Adria and Raymond Blanc.
While I don’t claim to be a chef, I am a talented home cook who enjoys nothing better than spending time in my kitchen, creating delicious dishes for my visitors.
I am also a qualified wine writer, holding the WSET Advanced Certificate, and regularly leading tastings in Norfolk, and running a regular wine club which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021.
Aside from food and wine, my other passion is music. As a percussionist, I am often spotted bashing away during concerts, performing regularly with a number of orchestras and ensembles, including the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Taverham Brass Band. I am married to Becky, a primary school headteacher, and we live in Norwich with our cocker spaniel, Petrus.
Andy is the host of the cookery theatre at the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, helping the visiting chefs to engage with the audience, and asking those questions that he knows visitors will want answered.