Gavin is a food writer, food photographer and food policy specialist with expertise in relationships to food within everyday society and culture.
Food choices have excited Gavin since childhood. Growing up in the peripheries of South West London, all food experiences were exciting, from than the privilege of choosing what to eat on a Birthday, or a jar of cockles drenched in vinegar on a Friday night.
Childhood aspirations of running a hotel were abruptly skewered after two disillusioned years on the ground in the hospitality trade. An undergraduate degree in Industrial Design was followed by a career in design and print, with jobs ranging from music award design for the likes of Dido, P!NK and Christina Aguilera, to making food packaging mockups for advertising or designing graphics for pubs, shops and exhibitions.
A perpetual love of food endured in his personal life, it was the single constant which always brought pleasure.
In 2014, Gavin honed his photography skills and love of literature to begin food blogging. Offers of food photography work shortly followed and a career change beckoned. Hearing Tim Lang talk at Borough Market led Gavin to consider a previously unimaginable pursuit; a master’s degree. An application for the Food Policy MSc course at City, University of London’s Centre for Food Policy was successful and Gavin is due to complete the course in late 2018.
Today, Gavin lives in East London, working as a food photographer alongside writing his Food Policy MSc dissertation about diet and social media. He actively pitches his food writing to publications and is editor of Brain Food Magazine, a Medium publication aimed at promoting independent, thought-provoking writing about food.
Outside of work, his favourite things in life are espresso, dark chocolate, backstreet restaurants, running, the Finale of Act 4 in Swan Lake and he gets very excited talking about what it means to be human.
If you would like to talk to Gavin about food, or what it means to be human, then he’d love to hear from you.
- August 2018