Writer, broadcaster, and food anthropologist, Ghillie Basan has been dubbed ‘The Original Spice Girl’ and ‘World Food Expert.’ Her informative and internationally acclaimed books have been nominated for the Glenfiddich, the Guild of Food Writers’, and the Cordon Bleu World Food Media awards; they have appeared regularly in the ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Top 50’ lists; and she has been described as one of the ‘finest writers on Middle Eastern food’. Her food and travel articles have appeared in the Sunday Herald, Scotland on Sunday, the Sunday Times, the Press & Journal, BBC Good Food Magazine, TasteTurkey, Eatinmagazine, Diet & Nutrition USA, and various internet sites and magazines. She has also been short-listed ‘Pasta Journalist of the Year’ and is a member of the Guild of Food Writers.
‘More domestic river sprite than domestic goddess, Ghillie seems completely at home in the wilds …. She’s upbeat and realistic.” Scotland on Sunday
Ghillie spent her childhood in East Africa and her teenage years at boarding school in Scotland, followed by a Diploma at the London Cordon Bleu School and a BSc in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University. Having worked in Europe and the Middle East as a journalist, English teacher, and food and travel writer, her interests and experiences have culminated in more than 40 books and numerous articles on different culinary cultures. Her cooking style could be described as eclectic, ranging from Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, North African, Southeast Asian and Indian to her recent research into both East African and Native American tribal customs and dishes.
Ghillie is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe and is co-presenter of the Kitchen Cafe Curry Club. At her remote home in the Scottish Highlands, she runs relaxed and inspiring cookery workshops which she describes as ‘taking people on a food safari” looking at the traditions and tastes of different cultures. She has recently set up a new catering business, Mezze on the Move, which involves taking a selection of mezze dishes to parties in lodges, holiday cottages, fishing huts, or picnics in the countryside and, for those who would like to dine in the relaxed atmosphere of Ghillie’s home, she offers an evening of Mezze chez Moi.
Ghillie is also the author of The Moon’s Our Nearest Neighbour, an amusing account of her tough lifestyle in her remote outpost where, snowbound in winter with a 3 mile ski to and from the car to bring in supplies, she has single-handedly raised her two children while maintaining an international career.
To get in touch with Ghillie to hire as a consultant, or to book a workshop, please go to the contact page.