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Food critic to serve up lunchtime talk

A well-known food critic from Gloucestershire will be giving a lunchtime talk at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham on Tuesday, May 18th.

The charming and ebullient Matthew Fort, who is a food writer, critic and judge of the BBC's The Great British Menu will be giving a talk entitled 'How to Eat for England: The Anatomy of a Restaurant Critic' at 12pm with a Q&A afterwards.

Sallie Taylor of Chapel Arts said: "Matthew knows a lot about food. He's also really good fun and a positive, bubbling river of fabulous stories, detail and colour. He seems to have eaten in every restaurant, broken bread with just about every well-known chef and adores food."

Matthew worked for many years as a creative director in London advertising agencies before joining The Guardian in 2004 as their food & drink editor and restaurant reviewer.

He has written for The Observer, The Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, The Financial Times, Vanity Fair and a host of other publications.

He has won many awards for his writing and his books include Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons (2008; Ebury Press); Summer in the Islands (2017) An Italian Odyssey (based on a six-month journey travelling the Italian Islands); Eating up Italy - Forth Estate 2004 (A book about Italians and their food, based on a trip on a Vespa from the trip of Southern Italy to Turin. This was the Guild of Food Writers' Book of the Year in 2005)

Matthew is one of the judges on the BBC's The Great British Menu (from 2006 - current). He also worked on Greatest Dishes in the World (Sky, 2005); The Forager's Field Guide (ITV, 2005), and Market Kitchen (Good Food Channel).

He has a wonderful vegetable garden at his home in Gloucestershire and is an innovative cook.

This will be the first event at Chapel Arts after venues are allowed to "spread their wings a bit wider" from May 17 but the event will still be 50% capacity and socially-distanced.

Tickets are £10 from the Chapel Arts website 

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