A passionate cook, Valentine 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.
Valentine Warner trained as a portrait painter before putting down the brush to pick up the spoon. He worked in London restaurants for eight years under such chefs as Alastair Little and Rose Carrarini before setting up a private catering company, Green Pea. A very keen outdoors man, when not in the kitchen, he will be out with a basket or, more probably, fishing.
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.
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 next book is due out in 2013.
Recipe with Forgotten Foods: Smoked haddock custards