King's College Cambridge MA English.
Writes on food, the arts, general subjects. Wrote Daily Telegraph food pages for 6 years.
Regular writer for US Vanity Fair, US Marie Claire, TV, radio, all national newspapers and many magazines.
Joyce was one of the inheritors of the great George Perry-Smith who had The Hole in the Wall in Bath and later Riverside, one of the first restaurants with rooms, in Helford in Cornwall. His partner Joyce had the eponymous Carved Angel at Dartmouth. Simon Hopkinson was also under George's culinary wing.
After my first dinner at Tante Claire in Royal Hospital Road I discovered a level of cooking that I hadn't known existed, but with Pierre, it was rooted in the countryside of his childhood, the terroir, the seasons, all the things I believe in.
Despite the fact that I hate cheffy cookbooks and think that chef's food belongs in restaurants, Blanc is a great enabler, technique-wise, and instructs the more advanced cook with precision over the classics and élan.
Like MFK Fisher, Gray is interested in everything that is tangential to food, life, the place of the table in our lives, context, friendships and, most importantly, good prose. I want to read the best writing in a food book or there is simply no point, food-writing is not an ancillary thing.