Valentine Warner trained as a portrait painter before putting down the brush to pick up the spoon. He worked in London restaurants for five years under such chefs as Alastair Little and Rose Carrarini before setting up a private catering company, Green Pea. A passionate cook, he believes that a real understanding of ingredients, the producers involved and the natural history of ingredients contributes as much to the plate as the cooking itself. A very keen outdoors man, when not in the kitchen, he will be out with a basket or, more probably, fishing. He has made television series for BBC Two, UK TV Good Food, ITV and Fox International. He is a regular contributor to national newspapers and magazines, as well as broadcasting for BBC radio. He has written four books – What To Eat Next was published on 9th April 2014.
In September 2008 Valentine presented his first hit series ‘What to Eat Now’ which saw him seeking out the best food and dishes that Autumn has to offer. A second series of ‘What to Eat Now’ in 2009 saw Valentine concentrating on Summer’s seasonal bounty. He also wrote two accompanying best-selling books to these series. In 2011, Val was a contributing chef to BBC2′s ‘Great British Food Revival’ series and ITV1′s ‘Love Your Garden’ series with Alan Titchmarsh. He also presented his own series ‘Valentine Warner: Coast to Coast’ on the Good Food channel in summer 2011, where he travelled the country fishing and cooking his catch, as well as ‘Ration Book Britain‘ and ‘Valentine Warner Eats The Sixties’ for Yesterday.
He was a judge for the 2013 BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards and a regularly presents programmes for BBC Radio 4. This year he is again a judge for the 2014 BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards as well as chairing the judging panel he will be co-hosting the live awards ceremony with Sheila Dillon in May. The 10 x 30 television series ‘Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia’ aired in September 2013 & repeated in January 2014 on the Good Food Channel. Two more 10 x 30 food/travel series for Fox & National Geographic will transmit in Spring 2014. The first is called ‘Hook It Cook It’ and the second one is called ‘Valentine Warner’s Wild Table’, both are due to air in Spring 2014.
Valentine writes a regular column for Countryfile and Delicious magazines and has written for The Times, The Independent, Olive, Waitrose Food Illustrated to name a few.
His third book The Good Table was published by Mitchell Beazley in September 2011, and his new fourth book What To Eat Next came out on 7th April 2014 and can be ordered at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1845335422.
Valentine’s website can be viewed at www.valentinewarner.com