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Sophie Grigson

Hester Sophia Frances Grigson (born 19 June 1959) is an English cookery writer and celebrity cook known as Sophie Grigson. She has followed the same path and career as her mother, Jane Grigson. Her father was the poet and writer Geoffrey Grigson.


  • Life 1
  • Publications 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Grigson was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, in 1959 and attended Oxford High School. From there she went on to study mathematics at UMIST, Manchester.[1] After graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics (she was Vice President of the UMIST Alumni Association), she worked for a time as a production manager of pop videos for groups including Bonnie Tyler and the Style Council. Having inherited her mother's love of food, she found she also enjoyed writing about it. Her first food article, published in 1983 in the Sunday Express Magazine, was entitled "Fifty ways with potatoes". She has since written columns for the Evening Standard, The Independent and the Sunday Times.

Grigson's television debut came in 1993 with the sixteen-part series Grow Your Greens, Eat Your Greens on Channel 4,[2] which won the Caroline Walker Prize (Media Category).[3] Her more recent television work includes Sophie Grigson in the Orient and Sophie Grigson in the Souk for Travel Channel.

She won the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Journalist Award 2001. She is a keen supporter of organic and local food suppliers and, like Jamie Oliver, is an advocate for decent children's food. She is a patron of the Children's Food Festival. Sophie Grigson runs food and wine tours in association with World of Experience Tours, now part of Great Experience Travel. She now lives in Oxford, where she runs Sophie's Cookery School - a pop-up cookery school.

She was previously married to William Black,[4] with whom she had a daughter named Florrie and a son, Sid.[5]


  • "Food For Friends" (1987)
  • Sophie's Table (1990)
  • Gourmet Ingredients (1991, nominated for the James Beard Award, published by Van Nostrand Reinhold)
  • Eat Your Greens (1993)
  • Travels à la Carte (1994, with William Black)
  • Fish (1998, with William Black)
  • Sophie Grigson's Herbs (1999)
  • Sunshine Food (2000 with BBC)
  • Organic (2001, with William Black)
  • Sophie Grigson's Country Kitchen (2003)
  • The First-time Cook (2004)
  • Vegetables (2006) Collins; ISBN 0-00-721377-8
  • Spices (2011) Quadrille


  1. ^ "Education: Passed/Failed: Sophie Grigson" (interview by Jonathan Sale), The Independent, 25 September 1997.
  2. ^ "Sophie Grigson", Deborah McKenna Limited.
  3. ^ "Sophie Grigson", Performing Artists.
  4. ^ "The ex files", The Guardian, 11 June 2006.
  5. ^ "Sophie Grigson", Gourmet Galle.

External links

  • Sophie’s Cookery School.
  • There are food and wine tours with Sophie Grigson and "Great Experience Travel". 
  • Sophie Grigson at the Internet Movie Database
  • , 25 September 1997.The Independent"Education: Passed/Failed: Sophie Grigson" (interview by Jonathan Sale),
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