En route to Islay, via Tarbert and its fishing boats on a sunny March day  ...   

En route to Islay, via Tarbert and its fishing boats on a sunny March day  ...


You won't see many recipes here, but you will read original material about food (and drink). Which are among the most happening things in Scotland right now.

This is simply a forum on which I've posted some of my published food journalism, and I hope it reflects Scotland's renaissant food and drink scene - from its most progessive (and regressive) food policies, chefs, educators, restaurateurs, producers, craft distillers and brewers, farmers, foragers, food assemblies, food banks and markets.

There's also a blog, where I report and reflect on current issues.

As a journalist I've been covering developments in food and drink for over 25 years, variously as a deputy montly magazine editor; weekly magazine editor; daily newspaper commissioning features editor, women's editor, senior writer and food specialist; and latterly freelance contributor, broadcaster and interviewer.

My self-generated freelance journalism has been published in The Times, Sunday Times, The Herald, The Daily Record, The Sunday Post, The Caterer, The Staff Canteen, ft.com and The Telegraph.

After a year in France I started with the BBC World Service radio, then Robert Maxwell's publishing group, in London before returning to Scotland. I've been a staffer with various titles and spent 19 years at The Herald.  I was restaurant critic of Scottish Field magazine for 5 years. I chair and take part in debates and events, including The Edinburgh International Book Festival and Aye Write!, and several food festivals.

I'm a member of the Guild of Food Writers and a lifelong member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

To commission me to write, or to comment/contribute, please contact me. I'm also on Twitter @catedvinewriter, Instagram @cate.devine and LinkedIn.