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Gizzi Erskine

Many people are very surprised to hear that Gizzi Erskine was a professional body piercer in Camden before realising her life-long dream of being a chef. It wasn’t until the age of 23 that, after 7 years of working in Cold Steel in Camden, Gizzi hung up her piercing tools and trained at the prestigious Leith's School of Food and Wine in 2003. She graduated the top of her year and went on to win a placement at BBC Good Food magazine, where she started to establish herself as an award winning food writer and stylist. During her first years at catering school she cheffed her way through many kitchens and started her own catering company with friend, Abbey Dempsey.

A career in TV started with the popular C4 primetime show, COOK YOURSELF THIN, which went onto a 2nd series in 2009, this time with Gizzi as the only host. With C4 firmly backing this exciting new talent, she has since appeared in IRON CHEF, COOKERY SCHOOL and DROP DOWN MENU for the channel. Gizzi joined Sky Living as a new face of the channel and hosted new series COOKS TO MARKET alongside Gu founder James Averdick. The show saw amateur cooks be given the chance to turn their homemade food products into a life-changing business. Gizzi was part of Sky1 show ONES TO WATCH where Gizzi alongside A-list mentors, Rankin, Idris Elba and Paloma Faith helped launch the next generation of hot new talent.

This year you can watch Gizzi present Seoul Food starting this month on the Good Food Channel. 

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As a food writer, Gizzi was the Sunday Times Cook; writing the weekly food pages in the Sunday Times Magazine. She is also a Contributing Editor for InStyle and has written for a wide variety of other magazines and newspapers such as Marie Claire, Elle, Elle USA, Vogue USA, GQ, The Times and The Evening Standard. She has also hosted the Observer Food Monthly awards alongside Jay Rayner.

GIZZI'S KITCHEN MAGIC, published by Virgin Books in 2009, was her first solo book and received critical acclaim during its release. Gizzi was the co-author of the hit cookbook COOK YOURSELF THIN, author of MY KITCHEN TABLE: 100 FOOLPROOF RECIPES and has also contributed to COOKERY SCHOOL by Richard Corrigan. SKINNY WEEKS AND WEEKEND FEASTS, was a revelatory healthy eating book of two halves that gives you a delicious, easy-to-stick-to recipe plan, perfect for 1–2lb weight loss per week. Gizzi went on to write GIZZI'S HEALTHY APPETITE which was released in August 2015 and went straight to the Amazon bestsellers list. Her new book, GIZZI'S SEASON'S EATINGS was published by Octopus in September 2016 and guides you through her delicious food from Halloween to Hogmanay.

Gizzi is part of the Jamie Oliver's FoodTube family and has hosted her own series of videos for the Wild Dish YouTube channel.

Always at the forefront of any trend, Gizzi was one of the first to back the trend of the pop-up restaurant scene having opened 4 pop-ups in the past 3 years; one with Innocent Smoothies at the Tramshed in Shoreditch, one at Clarence House in association with START the sustainability charity, a Tiki lounge at Bestival and an East London gourmet pie shop. She has cheffed at many supper clubs for guests like Boy George, Adam Ant, Sadie Frost, Pearl Lowe, Carl Barrat and Grace Woodward. Her most recent pop-up took inspiration from the Korean hole-in-the-wall scene in New York: Gizzi’s ‘K Town’ at Concrete in Shoreditch was an underground eating, drinking and music venue with a menu that was created and cooked by Gizzi. Entertainment ranged from rockabilly, soul and ska bands, to live Korean burlesque and a Korean Elvis impersonator.

Her food events are now becoming legendary for those people in the know. GIZZI'S BARN YARD PARTY in Dalson was a one day food event with top chefs running stalls, live music and DJs inclufing Gizzi herself. She programmed her own tent at LATITUDE  inviting chefs like Jack Stein, Ben Tish, Carl Clarke and Neil Rankin to reveal some of their best cooking techniques to festival-goers.

Gizzi also teamed up with Italian restaurant Zizzi to mentor the next big thing in food – chef Joe Gray – as part of the Prince’s Trust Tomorrow Campaign. Gizzi and Zizzi created a special three-course menu, which featured in all restaurants nationwide to raise money for The Prince’s Trust charity. Other mentors involved with the campaign include Zandra Rhodes, Kelly Hoppen, Rankin, Liz Earle and Wayne Hemingway. The promotional campaign was shot by Rankin himself. 

Her edgy attitude has caught the attention of the fashion world and she regularly makes the fashion pages of the UK’s style press. She has effortless style, unmistakably 60’s with a Rockabilly twist, which has struck a chord with the public, helping her bridge the gap between food and fashion.

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Date Publication Title Links
05/07/17 Closer good taste Article
08/05/17 OK Magazine The renowned chef, author and TV personality demonstrates how to make the most of natural ingrediant Article 1, Article 2
21/04/17 Daily Telegraph Gizzi Erskine Recipes Article
03/01/17 Balance Magazine Entertaining with Gizzi Article
03/01/17 Evening Standard Gizzi lays on a feast at Selfridges as capital’s restaurant goes festive Article
20/12/16 NME 17 Ways to Make 2017 Amazing Article
14/12/16 Metro It doesn’t need to be complicated Article
12/12/16 Town & Country Gizzi Erskine’s Jewish festive cheesecake Read Article
12/12/16 Phoenix Magazine Season’s Eatings Article
08/12/16 The Guardian The great Christmas taste test Article
05/12/16 The Telegraph The rise of the Christmas brunch Article
05/12/16 The Holborn Magazine The Pantry Article
07/11/16 Country & Town House No Mere Trifle Article
01/11/16 Red Magazine All the fun of the feast Article
26/10/16 Metro Treats that do the trick Article
25/10/16 The Sunday Telegraph Lay on a spine-tingling spread Article
11/10/16 NOW Magazine California Breakfast Article
11/10/16 Daily Mail Shrink Rap Interview Article
04/10/16 Velocity Talking Business Article
03/10/16 In Style November Issue Article
20/09/16 Simply Christmas Gizzi’s top tips for entertaining Article
13/09/16 House Four The view from London Article
07/09/16 The Guardian Weekend How I Get Ready Article
07/09/16 Daily Echo Voice of the Beehive Article
25/08/16 GQ Magazine Gizzi Erskine’s recipes Read Article
16/08/16 Sunday Telegraph TV chef Gizzi takes aim at the clean-eating gurus Article
01/08/16 Telegraph Pieces of me Article
22/06/16 Grazia The Grazia Collective Article
03/05/16 InStyle How To Make The Ultimate Chicken Satay Salad Read Article
29/03/16 HELLO! Healthy Meals Article
29/03/16 OK! OK! Recipes with Gizzi Erskine Article
10/03/16 RED Magazine My Hair Story Article
08/03/16 Closer Gizzi’s Florida Grapefruit, Mint and Feta salad Article
25/02/16 London Evening Standard Want tatts with that? Article
11/02/16 Crummbs Gizzi’s Bajan Prawn tacos Read Article
11/02/16 Good Housekeeping A top chef reveals her favourite food combos Read Article
05/02/16 My Signature Dish Sainsburys Magazine Article
20/01/16 Grazia Week In Week Out Article
13/01/16 Grazia Week In Week Out - Christmas Special Article
13/01/16 Grazia Week In Week Out Article
13/01/16 Grazia Week In Week Out Article
05/01/16 Grazia Week In Week Out Article
11/12/15 Heat Festive Chocolate Feast Article
13/10/15 Good Things Trending Tastes - Piece of Cake Article
07/09/15 Instyle Real Women Eat Burgers Article 1, Article 2
20/08/15 Vogue Spoilt Rotten Article
20/08/15 Foodism Eat Sleep Meat Repeat Article
13/08/15 OK! Magazine OK! recipes with Gizzi Article
13/08/15 Heat Magazine What’s Cooking With Gizzi Erskine Article
10/08/15 The New Review Happy Eater Article
06/08/15 Glamour Clean Eating Read Article
06/08/15 Cosmopolitan Closet Confidential Article
05/08/15 Independent on Sunday Sugar, Gluten and Superfoods Article
05/08/15 Grazia Gizzi’s Good Food Fight Article
27/07/15 The Independent on Sunday The New Review Article
22/07/15 Sunday Times Magazine A Healthy Appetite Article
28/05/15 Sunday Times Magazine Thai to die for Article
28/05/15 Olive Magazine Pro vs Punter Article
11/05/15 Kuoni Eating my way around Naples Read Article
15/04/15 Daily Mail Cookery School London Live Article
13/04/15 Epicure - Men's Health A lunch date with..Gizzi Erskine Article
10/04/15 Sunday Times Magazine Full of Easter Promise Article
16/03/15 Sunday Times Magazine Mum’s the word Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
16/03/15 Sunday Times Magazine Rack ‘em up Article 1, Article 2
29/12/14 Sunday Times Magazine Eat, drink and be healthy Article 1, Article 2
16/12/14 Sunday Times Magazine Small is beautiful Article 1, Article 2
04/12/14 Sunday Times Magazine The Dish Gizzi Erskine’s Alternative Christmas Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
27/11/14 Sunday Times Magazine Tapas dancing Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
13/11/14 Sunday Times Magazine The Dish Gizzi Erskine’s Christmas In Advance Article 1, Article 2
06/11/14 Sunday Times Magazine The Dish Gizzi Erskine’s Ultimate Sunday Baking Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
30/10/14 Sunday Times Magazine The Dish Gizzi Erskine’s Ultimate Sunday Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
12/10/14 Sunday Times Magazine Pure enjoyment Article
03/10/14 GQ Most connected Article
28/09/14 Sunday Times Magazine Well Seasoned Article
21/09/14 Sunday Times Magazine Student Demo Article
14/09/14 Sunday Times Magazine Green Party Article
07/09/14 Sunday Times Magazine Last of the summer fruits Article
31/08/14 Sunday Times Magazine Club Tropicana Article
24/08/14 Sunday Times Magazine How does your garden grow? Article
10/08/14 Sunday Times Magazine Good Catch Article
03/08/14 Sunday Times Magazine Feeling hot, hot, hot… Article
27/07/14 Sunday Times Magazine Transatlantic tuck Article
20/07/14 Sunday Times Magazine Outside catering Article
13/07/14 Sunday Times Magazine The great outdoors Article
06/07/14 Sunday Times Magazine Leaf encounters Article
22/06/14 Sunday Times Magaine Miracle cures Article
15/06/14 Sunday Times Magazine Seoul food Article
08/06/14 Sunday Times Magazine The fifth element Article
01/06/14 Sunday Times Magazine Rise & Shine Article
11/05/14 Sunday Times Magazine Monied lunch Article
04/05/14 Sunday Times Magazine Ultimate lunches Article
30/04/14 Stylist Foodie, Glorious Foodie Article 1, Article 2
27/04/14 Sunday Times Magazine Ultimate Spring Dishes Article
20/04/14 Sunday Times Magazine The Ultimate Spring Recipes Article
20/04/14 Sunday Times Magazine Kids in the Kitchen Article
13/04/14 Sunday Times Magazine Fowl Play Article
23/03/14 Sunday Times Magazine Spring at last Article
16/03/14 Sunday Times Magazine Pass the cocktail sauce Article
09/03/14 Sunday Times Magazine Cheap as chips Article
02/03/14 Sunday Times Magazine Crepe Expectations Article