Fine Food with

Charles Campion

Food writer and critic
  • “Cooking up trouble”

    07 July 2017 Fine Food
    Connoisseurs of the inappropriate one liner will be sad that Prince Phillip has withdrawn from his endless round of engagements. He recycled jokes mercilessly and showed little patience with the dignitaries he met. The Duke has an abrasive and inspiring...
  • “Flamin’ June”

    22 May 2017 Fine Food
    For anyone interested in cooking and eating, deciding which of the 12 months is best for food and drink is like picking a fantasy football team – it’s perfectly alright in theory but will soon be overwhelmed by events. November has...
  • “Trends bubbling under”

    14 April 2017 Fine Food
    Earlier in 2017, when the year was but a pup, Greggs the high street baker announced an impressive rise in several key financial indicators. For investors lucky enough to hold Greggs shares, dividends were up by 8.4%, and all of...
  • “Let me tell you a story”

    09 March 2017 Fine Food
    Some would say that Damon Runyon was one of the greatest ever masters of the short story. He wrote reams of them and was still churning stuff out on his deathbed in 1946. They are well written tales and peopled...
  • “Gung hay fat choi!”

    06 February 2017 Fine Food
    This year the Chinese New Year was early and the main festivities ran from 27th January until 2nd February. For everyone else this is a quiet time of year, with both food shops and restaurants choosing to lie low in...
  • “Happy New Year!”

    02 January 2017 Fine Food
    Welcome to a New Year as yet untarnished and still full of optimism. Magazine editors everywhere will have got together and commissioned a raft of pieces about the future for January. What are the trends for 2017? Will there be...
  • “Shop happy”

    03 November 2016 Fine Food
    Every year, early October sees a good number of restaurants holding their breath in anticipation. Setting aside the merits of a tyre-maker’s opinion about gastronomy, the Michelin Guide to Britain and Ireland is a plump red book much beloved of chefs....
  • “How to make a food town”

    04 October 2016 Fine Food
  • “Weather”

    25 August 2016 Fine Food
    September is an agreeable month. There’s often an interlude of decent weather in the US which has become known as an “Indian Summer” (allegedly because the Native Americans needed autumn sunshine to ripen the maize that was their staple diet)
  • “Picnic perfection”

    12 July 2016 Fine Food
    It’s no surprise that one of my favourite passages in the Wind in the Willows is the one where Ratty checks out the picnic that he has put together for himself and the Mole. The enticing list of goodies seems endless:...
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