Gizzi Erskine

Gizzi trained at the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine in 2003, graduating at the top of her year and winning a placement at BBC Good Food magazine where she started to establish herself as an award-winning food writer.

Gizzi was one of the first to back the trend of the pop-up restaurant scene, having opened many acclaimed pop-ups over the past 14 years. She was among the first to introduce Korean Street Food to the UK and produced an extraordinary pop-up called Gizzi’s K Town at Concrete in Shoreditch. Her food events are legendary for those people in the know with her one-day food events with various top chefs running stalls, live music and DJs, burlesque and Go Go dancers, including Gizzi doing a spot of DJ-ing herself. She is big on the music festival circuit, too, having curated, cooked and run kitchens at Latitude, Bestival, Wilderness, Feastival and OnBlackheath.

As a celebrated author, she has enjoyed great success writing cook books – Gizzi’s Kitchen Magic, Cook Yourself Thin, and the award-winning healthy eating book Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts. Her latest chart-topper (launching at Number 1 on its day of release in the Amazon chart), Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite by Octopus, features recipes which are a healthy antidote to the confusing ‘clean eating’ trends we’re seeing at the moment.

Her career in TV started with C4’s ratings winner, Cook Yourself Thin, a cookery show which showed viewers how to cook what they wanted and still lose weight. It went on to a second series with Gizzi as the sole presenter. Other TV credits of note include Iron Chef, Cookery School and Drop Down (all for Channel 4), Cooks To Market and Ones to Watch: from Samsung’s Launching People (both for SKY).

Her edgy attitude and passion for what’s new and emerging has made Gizzi a real authority in the UK food scene, and her influence transcends the food industry into popular culture and beyond.

Check out Gizzi’s latest book here…