I have appeared as a food science and food history expert on various TV and radio platforms including BBC1, ITV, Chanel 4, Chanel 5, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Cambridge 105 Radio as a presenter, interviewer and interviewee. An example of my radio work is as above for BBC Radio 4 on the World Tonight about Brexit and food culture.

A short video encompassing the work I have undertaken  recently  is available on Vimeo here.


2019: Chanel 5 –The Shocking Truth About Food -Expert appearance throughout this consumer show uncovering some of the shadier aspects of the food processing industry.

2018 BBC1 Rip Off Britain: Food  – Discussing sugar in fizzy drinks with Julia Somerville.

2017 Chanel 4 Great British Bake Off – Making a Tudor Cambridge Pudding with Sandi Toksvig filmed in Queen’s College, Cambridge. In addition, created the Showstopper Savoy cake example for the quarter-final.

2017 ITV Save Money: Good Health –  Revealing ways to get a better night’s sleep -without spending a fortune on sleep aids with Sian Williams

2017 Channel 4  Food Unwrapped: ” Let’s meet Dr Sue Bailey – the Miss Marple of Food Science ” What’s in a prawn cracker – Food Unwrapped episode

Daily Mail – Shellfish aren’t the main ingredient in prawn crackers – expert Dr Sue Bailey with Jimmy Doherty

Sun – Food Unwrapped reveals the surprising ingredients in the popular takeaway treat

2017 ITV Sugar-Free Farm: Providing background research and expert advice for scientific experiments

2016 Chanel 4  Food Unwrapped Diet Special: Using carbohydrate oligofructose to make sugar free cakes

2015 Chanel 4  Food Unwrapped  Ice cream: How not to abuse your ice cream and the science behind refreezing

“Thank you so much for filming with us last week – you were fantastic at communicating a potentially confusing story and more importantly keeping it fun!

Magazine journalism  

I am the regular food columnist for The Lady magazine writing the Notes from a Kitchen feature. I also write a regular column for Cambridge Edition Magazine on local food history and events.

Two examples are Pies of perfection – food history and a lovely pie and the new book about Churchill’s cook and the pleasure of a good brunch.

For Waitrose weekend and the Female section of the Daily Mail, I have provided expert quotes on food science and food history topics such as the real king of crisps and the history of houmous.   In addition expert research and opinion for articles such as “To chill or not to chill”  for Women’s Health magazine, for Men’s Health magazine for articles including the differences between oils, butter, and margarine; raw chocolate and decoding the chocolate shelf; latest trends of coconut oil and activated charcoal.

I have written numerous articles in the past including topics as varied as bulimia and anorexia, picnic foods and food phobias.


BBC Radio 4  World tonight about Brexit and World War Two food culture and if we will need a Brexit cookery book.

Naked Scientists Podcast: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Five Live and ABC Australia. This covered blow-torching fish and the science behind why it works.

Blow-torching for fish

BBC Radio 4: Broadcasting house a Sunday morning magazine program discussing the history of food science and technology using examples of chicken nuggets and gluten-free bread manufacture.

BBC Broadcasting House

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: Regular appearances on Chris Mann in the Morning and Dotty McLeod’s Breakfast Show commenting on national and local news and local and national food and drink issues.

Cambridge105 Radio – Flavour: I am a regular presenter, interviewer and Food Scientist providing culinary enlightenment on this magazine program.

I have covered food science topics as diverse as plate shape and food choice, horse milk to evaluating stock cubes.

I  undertake interviews on a wide range of areas including food writers  – Nicki Segnit on her new book ‘Lateral Cooking‘ the follow-up to ‘The Flavour Thesaurus‘, Guardian Food Writer Felicity Cloake on her new book Completely Perfect  and food historian Lizzie Collingham about her work and her most recent book, The Hungry Empire. I have interviewed a range of Cambridge University college catering managers about historical and current foods served to students and fellows, at feasts and other occasions.

Cambridge based local food and drink producers such as Pinksters Gin, Gourmet Brownie Company and Kyums spicy Korean sauces have featured on the programme. I have interviewed Ely food festival and Farmer’s market stall holders and the Cambridge Food sustainability network.

The recent pub, restaurant, and cafe interviews have been with The Plough at Meldreth, bar and kitchen 11a in Ely, Spanish restaurant Tu Casa in Cambridge and Flock Cafe at Burwash Manor in Barton –  a combination of well known and new local venues.

Local food bloggers interviewed included Jo Christy (Miss Sue Flay), Michelle Alston with The Last Food Blog, Pina Broccoli Anaia with Onetwoculinarystew , Sian Anderson about the  Cambridge-based food and lifestyle blog Bonewhitechina and Laura Donohue about developing her blog Crumbs On The Table and her work as a writer and teacher with her company.

I am inspired by anything foodie going on in Cambridge and the surrounding area and would love to hear any ideas for topics, chefs, foodies, producers or makers we should cover.

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