The Grazer

Anna Hedworth

Anna Hedworth shares the best of her month in food in appetite. You can also join The Grazer’s adventures in food at


George Payne

George Payne is a founder member of the national Butchers Q Guild, which represents 110 butchers from the Scottish Highlands down to Cornwall.

Simon Walsh

Simon Walsh

Simon Walsh owner of Longsands Fish Kitchen, Tynemouth is an award-winning chef with more than 20 years experience in some of the North East’s finest hotels and restaurants. He launched Longsands, his first restaurant, in 2015, a short walk from the North Sea and walking distance from North Shields Fish Quay, where he sources the best of the day’s catch for a la carte and takeaway menus.


Liam Watson & Nik Imrye

Liam and Nik are at 21st Century Herbs, Market St, Hexham NE46 3NU, tel 0844 846 0481

Kitchen Garden 

The Kitchen Garden at Vallum

Caroline Beck farms the Kitchen Garden at Vallum, the food destination and wedding venue on Hadrian’s Wall, eight miles west of Newcastle.

Vallum Restaurant & Chef’s Room and Vallum Tea Room serve the vegtables and herbs grown at the Kitchen Garden, and Vallum Patisserie & Deli sells some of its produce. The Patisserie & Deli, Tea Room, and Restaurant & Chef’s Room are all located just yards from the Kitchen Garden, where Caroline, her colleague Ivan, and Luna the dog will all be pleased to see you, should you wish to drop by.
Vallum, Military Road, Newcastle, NE18 0LL tel 01434 672 652,

Girl About Toon

Laura Emmerson

Laura Emmerson takes a culinary journey around the North East

Oui Chef 

Nico Duhil

Nico Duhil, head chef at Bouchon Bistrot, Hexham, shares a taste of his homeland and some of his favourite recipes in every edition ofappetite


Kirsty Cruikshank

Kirsty Cruikshank of For the Love of Fish – home of fish and seafood cooking and preparation demos, workshops and recipes – offers her own take on traditional uses of fish. Find out more at

Dig This

Alastair Gilmour

Alastair Gilmour shares his gardening wisdom and stories from his allotment plot every month in appetite

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