Gurdeep Loyal

I am a Food & Drink Consultant based in London with over 17 years of experience in the industry - including roles at Innocent Drinks, being Head of Marketing for Harrods Food Halls for 5 years, and also Head of Food Trends at Marks & Spencer for the last 2 years. I'm currently writing my first cookbook with the publisher 4th Estate titled "Mother Tongue - Flavours of a Second Generation", due for release in 2022. I was also fortunate enough to be this year's winner of the 'Jane Grigson Trust Award'. I am also the curator of the online platform MotherTongueTV.com - which celebrates food stories of migration around the world.

Special subjects

Food, race and identity. Indian culinary history and culture - Punjabi more specifically. Luxury food and drink (through my time at Harrods). The dinner table tastes of the British nation (through my time at M&S Food).

Languages spoken

English and Punjabi (and very basic French and Spanish, food words in particular!)

Regular work

Food, Drink & Hospitality Consulting - more details at gurdeeployal.com. I have recently written my first recipes for Olive Magazine (April edition) and hoping to do more with them.

Advisory boards / Awards

Winner of the Jane Grigson Awards 2021