Born and bred in Norfolk, I briefly left to study politics at university before starting a career in food and drink in London. After 10 years of missing Norfolk I moved back to start a new journey with Crush Foods and have never looked back. Norfolk is highly regarded for food and drink wherever I travel and has a very exciting future I am proud to be part of.
Why have you become a champion, and what are your aims?
It was a real honour to be asked to fill the shoes of some amazing previous champs! But I am ready for the challenge; my main focus will be promoting and growing Norfolk food and drink outside of Norfolk and showcasing what we producers do.
Favourite Norfolk food
It has to be the amazing selection of locally brewed beers, Norfolk does it best, using locally grown barley and an huge array of tastes. Something for everyone
Favourite place to eat in Norfolk, and why?
I am lucky enough to eat at some stunning places on my travels through Norfolk, however there is nothing I love more than a picnic at Stiffkey overlooking the marshes. Beautiful.
If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone (living or dead) who would be your top five guests, and why?
Horatio Nelson – a Norfolk lad with many a tale. John Peel – a shared passion for music. Sir David Attenborough – I grew up watching his work and I have always been in awe of his knowledge. Margaret Thatcher – no surprise I would have a politician present. Whatever your opinion of her I am sure it would make for an interesting meal. Pierre Koffman – a truly magical chef and creator, from humble beginnings, proof that hard work and passion is the key to success.