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25 - 28 November 2021

Melissa Thompson

Melissa Thompson will be cooking live in the Big Kitchen on Saturday 27 November. Find out more about Melissa by reading her bio below. 

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Biography

Melissa Thompson is an award-winning writer and cook who started a supper club in her front room in 2014.

A former feature writer on a national newspaper, in 2015 she left journalism to pursue her love of cooking, with the supper club growing into a sell-out pop out across locations in London.

Born in Dorset to a Jamaican father and Maltese mother, her food has always been an eclectic celebration of cuisines around the world. She is passionate about flavour, provenance and respecting food cultures.

As a food writer, she has penned powerful articles on the British food industry that became focal points for important discussions around identity, diversity and inclusivity. She won the Guild of Food Writers’ Food Writing Award in 2021.

She has spoken on issues of representation at talks, including regularly chairing panel discussions for the British Library’s food season.

She works as an ambassador for Weber and writes BBQ recipes for magazines, food brands and newspapers. She is a columnist for BBC Good Food magazine and has written articles and recipes for The Guardian, Stylist, Vittles, Waitrose Weekend and Waitrose Magazine.

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