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Writer, broadcaster, and food anthropologist, Ghillie Basan has worked in different parts of the world as an English teacher, ski instructress, cookery writer, restaurant critic and journalist. With a degree in Social Anthropology and a Cordon Bleu Diploma, her interest in different culinary cultures has culminated in 40 books, some of which have been nominated for the Glenfiddich, Guild of Food Writers, and the Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards. They have also 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 Times, Sunday Herald, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Tribune, Press & Journal, BBC Good Food Magazine, Diet & Nutrition USA, and various Middle Eastern and internet magazines and she is one of the presenters on BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Café. 

Ghillie is also the author of The Moon’s Our Nearest Neighbour, an amusing account of her tough lifestyle in the Cairngorms National Park where she runs relaxed and inspiring cookery workshops as well as a catering business, Mezze on the Move. With a reputation as a ‘spice expert’, Ghillie hosts whisky and food pairing experiences in her traditional barn and has created a flavour toolkit and global menu for a new Chivas whisky, Captain’s Reserve. As a host to many international guests, Ghillie won the Highlands and Islands Innovation in Tourism Award 2017 and her new book, Spirit and Spice (Kitchen Press), will be published in May 2019. 

For further information please check her website: ghilliebasan.com