Olivia Potts is an award-winning food writer and chef. She read English at the University of Cambridge and practised as a criminal barrister for five years before deciding to leave the bar for a career in food. In 2017, she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and was awarded the Young British Foodies Fresh Voices in Food Writing Award. Her first book, A Half Baked Idea, won the Fortnum and Mason's Debut Food Book Award 2020, and a 'Best in the World' prize for Food Writing at the Gourmand Awards 2020. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Fortnum and Mason Cookery Writer of the Year Prize. Now Olivia is the cookery columnist for the Spectator, and also writes for the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Telegraph, among others.