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Anne Harnan

Anne Harnan


 

Anne is a trained home economist with a career stretching over twenty years within the food industry.

Whether working as a product development chef, food writing, teaching or demonstrating, she says ‘Home economics is as relevant today as it ever was. Food is never off-topic and encompasses everything in our day to day, whether it’s linked to the economy, social and health issues, the environment, or our leisure time.’

Anne took her degree at Birmingham College of Food and since then has worked with many inspiring chefs. After graduating she worked in the production of TV cookery programmes where she gained experience alongside Gordon Ramsey, Gary Rhodes, Nick Nairn and many other prominent TV chefs.

Working as a food and recipe writer for magazines, Anne has always promoted seasonal ingredients and buying locally, and it was whilst working at a small neighbourhood restaurant, she discovered many small producers making great products in Bedfordshire. Inspired by their drive but lack of resource to promote themselves, she set about founding her own local food festival to celebrate local producers, restaurants and suppliers and promote their wares to the public. The ‘Taste Bedford’ festival now attracts thousands of visitors all keen to embrace the food heritage of the county.

Anne also writes and develops recipes for corporate clients including PR companies and cook book publishers, including working with chefs to test out recipes and provide practical tips for the reader. It’s important that published recipes are achievable at home, allowing for the differences in ability and equipment that are in every domestic kitchen.

She has worked on the last five Mary Berry cook books and has also contributed to the BBC’s ‘MasterChef Cookery Course’ and ‘MasterChef at Home’ amongst countless others.

As an accomplished demonstrator, she has taught at Jean-Christophe Novelli’s Academy, and regularly appears onstage at food festivals using local and seasonal foods, and promoting family cooking for the kids to get involved with too.

Anne is delighted to become a Love British Food Ambassador;

‘I’ve known and worked with the team behind Love British Food in various roles over the years, so I’m delighted to be on board as an Ambassador. It’s so important to support the small producers who I see putting their hearts and souls into making a product, and by promoting and encouraging them, we hope to see them grow.’