Thane Prince has authored over 10 cookery books and is food judge on BBC 2’s prime time show The Big Allotment Challenge; the first series aired in spring 2014 and the second series ran from January 2015 at 9pm.
Thane’s latest book Perfect Preserves was published by Hodder & Staughton in June 2014, and she has recently appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour to discuss how to make the perfect raspberry jam, The Food Network’s The Twelve Chefs of Christmas and ITV’s This Morning twice in the winter demonstrating her wonderful preserving and mulling skills. In 2015 The Sunday Telegraph featured Thane’s visit to the beautiful Bowood House in Wiltshire to meet Lady Lansdown and cook using seasonal produce from the garden.
Thane started her career as the food columnist for The Daily Telegraph and The Weekend Telegraph holding the position for twelve years until 1999. Since then she has written many articles and presented several of her own TV food series. Thane has a large and loyal following on Twitter and has developed links with many new food writers and chefs encouraging them and advising them in their careers. She ran the highly successful Aldeburgh Cookery School in Suffolk for several years which was consistently voted in the top three cookery schools in the UK, but has now returned to London and become involved in the vibrant food culture there. She has a website on which she gives her opinion on new restaurants, food news, and kitchen equipment as well as featuring new and classic recipes cooked and tested in her kitchen.
Thane works with the Leon Foundation and Henry Dimbleby and is setting up a cook school for the renal department of Great Ormond Street Hospital to teach teenagers how to cook their very specialized diet. Once the model has been established here in London the plan is to will roll it out to other young adult renal units across the UK. 2013 heralded the start of two ventures. Firstly Thane Cooks at Home: a bespoke cooking classes for small groups focusing on techniques and new food stories held in Thane’s kitchen. Secondly Beckett and Prince: adventures with food and wine. This is a range of food and wine matching courses in which Thane joins up with Fiona Beckett, wine writer for the Guardian. These will be held in both London and Bristol.
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