Jo Pratt is a busy mum, wife, food stylist and bestselling author (The Nation’s Favourite Food, In the Mood for Food, In the Mood for Entertaining and her latest one Madhouse Cookbook). She is also a regular contributor to magazines such as BBC Good Food and Your M&S and often appears on TV (Good Food Channel’s ‘Perfect’, ITV’s ‘Ten mile menu’ and Daybreak to name a few).
Her recent projects include being Food Director for What Food What wine?, presenting video recipes and a workshop for Tilda Rice and brand ambassador for Freixenet VIP campaign.
She is the former food editor for both Elle and Glamour Magazine, and was named one of Waterstone’s ‘writers of the future’ in 2008 to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Studying Home Economics at John Moore’s University in Liverpool was where it all started. After graduating (1995) she has been lucky enough to work with big name chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and John Torode on everything from live cookery demonstrations to TV programmes and TV adverts. However, her biggest fan (I’m sure he’ll agree) must be Gary Rhodes. For over ten years Jo worked on practically all Gary’s books and TV programmes (and they remain good friends!).
Jo’s cooking style has come from working with those big chefs to create the most delicious food – and translating those ideas into recipes for the everyday kitchen. She branched out and tried some of her own ideas, which have lead to writing her own books, features and appearing on TV shows in front of camera, rather than behind the scenes!
Jo grew up near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and now lives in London with her husband Phil and two young children Oliver and Rosa (Jo’s harshest food critics).