Sue Bailey

Dr Sue Bailey is a food science and culinary historian academic and writer with over twenty-five years’ experience in food research and education. She was course leader for MSc Food science at London Metropolitan University until late 2016, after running BSc Food and Consumer and HND Home economics courses. Now a freelance expert in simplifying complex scientific concepts for programmes such as Inside the Factory (BBC2), Food Unwrapped (Chanel 4), Save Money Good Health (ITV), Rip Off Britain: Food (BBC 1) and ITV Sugar Free Farm (Chanel4). Sue has also recently consulted on food history and appeared on Great British Bake Off (Channel 4). Sue currently writes a food history and culture column for Cambridge Edition magazine and contributes regularly to BBC local and commercial radio as a food commentator and presenter. At food festivals such as Eat Cambridge, Ely Food and Drink Festival and the Ginger and Spice Festival she appears and demonstrates as the first female celebrity cook, Fanny Cradock. Sue has an undergraduate degree in nutrition and food science, an MSc in Public Health Promotion, followed by a PhD specialising in the development of consumer sciences in Higher Education including the history of food education and home economics. Sue has also been involved in six European Union funded projects relating to consumer education, including nutrition and health and has recently become a food judge and a member of expert panels for exhibitions and conferences. Over last fifteen years Sue has taught new food product development, with a health emphasis, plus teaching about and undertaking food and nutrition freelance journalism. Sue delights in all aspects of food related education and communication and her research interests include development of food skills, sustainable food consumption, food and gender and food history.

Special subjects

Television and radio food broadcaster, researcher and contributor; historical food researcher from 16th century but specialising in 1930’s onward of domestic cooking and food technology developments; freelance food writing for Cambridge Edition magazine and reviewing - interest in international traditional cuisines as well as food traditions of East Anglia and Cambridge; regular public speaker; food exhibition expert panellist and occasional cookery demonstrator; food judge and reviewer.

Languages spoken

English and fair spoken French and Spanish

Regular work

Writing: Regular food history and culture columnist –Cambridge Edition magazine since March 2019 TV : Upcoming - Inside the Factory (BBC2 – September ; Aired : Food Unwrapped (Chanel 4), Save Money Good Health (ITV), Rip Off Britain: Food (BBC 1) and ITV Sugar Free Farm (Chanel4). Sue also consulted on food history and appeared on Great British Bake Off (Channel 4). Academic: Associate professor - teaching MSc module- Food product development and sensory analysis and dissertation supervision at London Metropolitan University Local and national radio expert, panellist and presenter: BBC Radio Cambridge, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC Radio 4 -World tonight, BBC World Service and Cambridge 105 – Flavour regular bi-weekly interviewer and presenter Food festival speaking and demonstrating eg Ely Eel Food and drink festival May 2019; Ginger and Spice festival September 2019 Judge for Cambridgeshire Food & Drink Awards 2018

Advisory boards / Awards

Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology Food Talk Awards Food writer finalist 2017 Currently external examiner for University of West London – BSC Hons Food and Professional Cookery; plus BSc International Culinary Arts and the MSc Food Business Managemt at the Geller Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management plus I am awaiting confirmation as external examiner at Ulster University for 2020.