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Matthew Fort

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Matthew Fort

Matthew was educated at Eton College, Roedean School, the University of Lancaster and the University Of Pennsylvania. He has been a keen cook for most of his adult life. For twenty years he worked as a copywriter and creative director for a variety of advertising agencies. In 1986 he was invited to write a column about food in the Financial Times Saturday Review. In 1989 he became Food & Drink Editor and restaurant reviewer of The Guardian, positions he held until 2004.


He continued to write about food for the Guardian until 2010. He was responsible for cookery columns for the Illustrated London News and Esquire. He has also written for Vanity Fair, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday, the Daily Telegraph, Business, Country Living, Country Homes & Interiors, Decanter, The Field, ES Magazine, Cuisine et Vins de France, Bon Appetit, Departures, Lonely Planet and Waitrose Food Illustrated among other publications. He was Glenfiddich Food Writer of the Year and Restaurateurs’ Writer of the Year in 1991, and Glenfiddich Restaurant Writer of the Year in 1992, and Glendfiddich Cookery Writer of the Year in 2005. He was also awarded the Premio Antic Corte Pallavicina in 2008 and the Premio Sicilia Madre Mediterranea in 2009.

He edited the Guardian Sausage Directory in 1992. In 1998 he published Rhubarb & Black Pudding (Fourth Estate), a book about the Lancastrian chef, Paul Heathcote and the Ribble Valley. Eating Up Italy (Fourth Estate; 2004), about Italians and their food, based on a trip on a Vespa from the tip of Southern Italy to Turin, was the Guild of Food Writers’ Book of the Year in 2005. This was followed by a cookery book, Cooking by Numbers (Virgin; 2007). His account of his gastronomic adventures in Sicily, Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons (2008; Ebury Press) won the Premio Sicilia Madre Mediterranea in 2009. Matthew's most recent book is Summer in the Islands - An Italian Odyssey, based on the six months he spent travelling among the Italian islands, was published in 2017.

TV Credits

Greatest Dishes in the World (Sky; 2005) 

The Forager’s Field Guide (ITV; 2005)

Matthew was one of the co-presenters of Market Kitchen (Good Food Channel)

Matthew is one of the judges The Great British Menu (BBC2)