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Welcome! I am Celia Brooks.

As a passionate cook and food writer, I am committed to inspiring others in the kitchen, through my writing, demonstrations, TV appearances and food tours.

Everything I do is about inspiring people to appreciate good food.

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Please get in touch – I welcome any comments, questions or feedback.
Email: celia@celiabrooks.com

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• Gastrotours •

Celia Brooks’ Gastrotours: London Food Tours

All of Celia’s Gastrotours are a unique opportunity to join her for an insider’s view of London’s vibrant culinary hotspots. She has specially designed each day to be bursting at the seams with exclusive food and wine tastings and encounters with passionate foodies and producers: a chance to discover new tastes, rediscover old ones, and to acquire knowledge about food, wine and a London neighbourhood through all your senses.

Celia founded the company in 2002 and conducts all the tours personally.

Any dietary restrictions can be catered for to the best of her ability.

You can book either as an individual, couple or small group on specified dates, or as a private/corporate group (usually 6-12 people) for a date of your choice.

Questions about Gastrotours? Check the FAQ.

GIFT VOUCHERS ARE AVAILABLE: scroll down to the voucher box below

  • “Celia, you are a brilliant food guide and supporter of all the market stall holders who looked upon you with great respect and affection. Thank you for your guidance, anecdotes and a simply fascinating experience.”

    –Charlotte H., by email

  • “The whole day was well planned, informative and thoroughly enjoyable. A great present for any adult.”

    –Jackie L., TripAdvisor

  • “Thank you so much for a fantastic day yesterday! I thought I would enjoy myself but I had no idea how much. I laughed so much and learnt so much and then using what I learnt I brought home a sumptuous 4 course supper so my husband was thrilled as well!”

    –Jan L., by email

  • “We booked a private tour of Portobello Road with Celia for a group we were getting together for a conference in London. The tour was the perfect ice breaker for the group to get to know each other while enjoying Celia’s excellent knowledge of the area and food! The tastings were very generous (don’t eat before you start)!”

    –Sarah Jane, TripAdvisor

  • “This great Gastrotour is not just for visitors to London. I recommend it to any foodies in London. Make a day of it, starting with Celia Brooks’ tour packed with food and wine tastings. Yummy.”

    –M. Digby, TripAdvisor

  • “Celia’s enthusiasm and energy was the cherry on the cake for this highly enjoyable tour of the oldest market in London. Lots of stories, cooking tips, and fabulous products carefully chosen with her culinary expertise. Highly recommended.”

    –Sandrine, TripAdvisor

A Taste of Borough Market

Join Celia to discover the secrets and delights of London’s oldest and most renowned food market. Explore the huge range of exceptional British and international produce available and learn all the fascinating facts about the Market’s rich history.

Kicking off with a meet and greet session over drinks and pastries at a chic restaurant within the Market, you’ll then accompany Celia for an exclusive tasting tour. As a passionate food expert, Celia will show you the best that Borough has to offer and lavish you with bespoke tastings of the unique foods and wines on offer here. You will taste an array of treats, including rare breed meats, fine cheeses from Britain and beyond, superfood juices, fresh scallops, olives and antipasti, homemade Turkish meze, plus many more, whilst hearing the stories behind the creation of these fabulous artisan foods. Two tutored wine tastings are is also included in this this educational, delicious and demystifying Borough Market experience.

Celia is officially licensed by Borough Market to conduct these events.

You can book as an individual, couple or small group on the open specified morning dates, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Price: £70 per person

Private group bookings are available for up to 12 people max on Thursdays and Fridays, morning or afternoon. (Afternoon sessions run on a slightly different itinerary than described above.) Please contact Celia to discuss prices (variable according to requirements), dates and any bespoke requests.

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A TASTE OF BOROUGH MARKET: open dates for individuals, couples or small groups are listed here. The cost is £70 per person including generous tastings over the 3-hour long tour.

Please use your PayPal account OR a guest account on PayPal to pay by credit card after you pick a date. If you’d prefer to pay by BACS or cheque, please contact Celia.

Available public dates

  • January 30th, 2015
  • February 6th, 2015
  • February 27th, 2015
  • March 13th, 2015
  • March 20th, 2015
  • April 3rd, 2015
  • April 24th, 2015
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Portobello Gastrotour

Portobello Road is known as one of the funkiest street markets in London, but few are aware of the inspiring culinary secrets peppered throughout this famous neighborhood. As a former Notting Hill resident, Celia is armed with all the local foodie knowledge and lets you in on the scene of fabulous food shops and restaurants, introducing you to some trendy as well as eclectic destinations. You’ll taste your way around the area, with tapas, fine hams, cheeses and olives, and samples from artisan market stalls. We’ll be unearthing culinary treasures including exotic herbs and spices, tasting premium naturally reared British meats, and savouring a cheese and wine-matching experience at the best local vintner. The day concludes with a special tasting and demonstration in the kitchen of a unique chocolate boutique.

You can book as an individual, couple or small group on the open specified Tuesday morning dates.

Selected Tuesday mornings, 10:30am-1:30pm
Price: £60 per head

Available for private / corporate groups with flexible timings, every day, up to 15 people. Please contact Celia to discuss prices, dates and any bespoke requirements.

All diets can be catered for where possible.

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PORTOBELLO GASTROTOUR: open dates for individuals, couples or small groups are listed here. The cost £60 per person including generous tastings over the 3-hour long tour.

Please use your PayPal account OR a guest account on PayPal to pay by credit card after you pick a date. If you’d prefer to pay by BACS or cheque, please contact Celia.

Available public dates

  • February 24th, 2015
  • March 24th, 2015
  • April 21st, 2015
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Covent Garden Gastrotour

Celia will greet you with a sumptuous Ladurée macaroon to kick off a morning of sipping and supping the delights of the Covent Garden area. Celia will escort you through the tourist mayhem to uncover the neighbourhood’s true foodie gems, where you’ll be treated to a host of treats, including a mini-chocolate masterclass and tasting, English cheeses, Egyptian street food, surprise tastings from the Real Food Market and more. A unique Italian wine tasting and “cicchette” (Italian for tapas) complete this varied and colourful foodie day out, all peppered with stories of Covent Garden’s rich history.

You can book as an individual, couple or small group on the open specified Thursday morning dates.

Selected Thursday mornings, 10:30am-1:00pm
Price: £60 per head

Available for private / corporate groups with flexible timings, Monday to Saturday, up to 15 people. Please contact Celia to discuss prices, dates and any bespoke requirements.

All diets can be catered for where possible.

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COVENT GARDEN GASTROTOUR: open dates for individuals, couples or small groups are listed here. The cost £60 per person including generous tastings over the 2.5-hour long tour.

Please use your PayPal account OR a guest account on PayPal to pay by credit card after you pick a date. If you’d prefer to pay by BACS or cheque, please contact Celia.

Available public dates

  • March 5th, 2015
  • April 23rd, 2015
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Marylebone Village Gastrotour

For group bookings only, up to 15 guests
Marylebone Village is currently experiencing a gastronomic Renaissance and here’s your chance to get inside this luxurious pocket of London through day of specially arranged tastings, with expert Celia as your guide. We’ll kick off with a tipple at a trendy local pub, then move on to taste samples from a wonderful cheese emporium, an award-winning butcher, and a sumptuous chocolate shop. We’ll also observe a fascinating Japanese knife-skills demonstration that may change the way you see kitchen knives forever. The experience concludes with a luxury food and wine tasting experience at a sleek local restaurant.

This tour is particularly popular with corporate groups and birthday / hen parties. It is available every day of the week, morning or afternoon / early evening, and can be bespoked to your requirements.

Please contact Celia to discuss prices and dates.

Personal Guided Tours

I often get requests from visitors to London – tourist and executive – to give bespoke, personal guided tours for individuals or couples.

It would be my utmost pleasure to be your personal food guide in London. I’m from Colorado, but I’ve lived here for over 25 years and forged my entire foodie career here, whilst witnessing the thrilling gastronomic revolution which has taken place during this time.

I’ll personally design an unforgettable, inspiring, educational, entertaining and delicious food and drink tour just for you. We can spend an hour, a few hours, a whole day, or more uncovering culinary gems in this truly cosmopolitan food-lover’s paradise.

Please contact Celia to discuss prices and dates.

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Gift Vouchers

Borough Market voucher costs £70. You can pay with credit/debit or your Paypal account using the button labeled borough voucher.

General voucher , £60, gives the recipient a choice of 3 Gastrotours: Portobello, Covent Garden, or Borough Market. (If they choose Borough Market, there will be £10 supplement payable upon booking, as this costs £70 per person). You can pay with credit/debit or your Paypal account using the button labeled general voucher.

Celia will email you the voucher document and you can forward it or print it and tuck it into a card. The recipient(s) can choose any available date that suits them and contact Celia directly to arrange. The voucher is good for 1 year.

Please contact Celia for further details or to pay by cheque or bank transfer.

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• Blog and Recipes •

 
 

 

• Books and TV •

Celia’s books and TV work.

I have published a total of eight books worldwide, translated into nine different languages, and contributed to many others. The whole process gives me huge satisfaction: research, creating and perfecting the recipes, writing, and food styling for photography.

My TV career started in 2001 with a 25-part series called ‘Vegging Out’ which I wrote and presented myself (produced by Action Time for Taste CFN). Since then, I have made dozens of appearances on several food programmes, live and recorded.

My media agent is Martine Carter at Sauce Communications.

  • “Making vegetarian food rock ‘n’ roll is no mean feat, but Celia is clearly the woman to do it”

    –Bath Chronicle

  • “You’ll never have a veggie meal crisis ever again”

    –olive magazine

  • “So glamorous you wouldn’t notice the absence of meat”

    –The Daily Telegraph

  • “The art of showing both hard-core vegetarians and the merely veggie-curious in your life a good time… A flexible and relaxed approach to entertaining.”

    –olive magazine

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By Celia Brooks Brown Photographed by Jill Mead Published by Quadrille, March 2010 ISBN 978 184400 817 9

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By Celia Brooks Brown Photographed by Jill Mead Published by Quadrille, March 2010 ISBN 978 184400 817 9

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By Celia Brooks Brown Photographed by Gus Filgate Published by Pavilion, Oct. 2005 ISBN 1 86205 677 3

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By Celia Brooks Brown Photographed by Tara Fisher Nutritional analysis by Fiona Hunter Published by Pavilion, Oct. 2004 ISBN 1 86205 676 5

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By Celia Brooks Brown Paperback title: VEGETARIAN PARTY FOOD US title: PARTY FOOD FOR VEGETARIANS Photographed by Jan Baldwin published by Pavilion, Sept. 2003 ISBN 1 86205 534 3

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By Adam Caplin and Celia Brooks Brown Photographed by William Shaw published by Ryland, Peters and Small, 2002 ISBN 1 84172 226 X

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By Celia Brooks Brown Photographed by Philip Webb published by Ryland, Peters and Small, 2001 ISBN 1 84172 117 4

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By Celia Brooks Brown Cover by Jessica Brown published by Pen and Ink, 1998 ISBN 0 9534022 0 7

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This was my first book, which I self-published. You can buy a limited edition signed copy directly from me.


• Biography •

Celia’s inventive style of vegetarian cooking has made her an established name on the cookery shelf. Born in Colorado, USA, she moved to London after university. She worked for several years as a private chef for the film director Stanley Kubrick and running her own catering business. She has written eight cookbooks (link) including the international bestseller “New Vegetarian”, and has contributed to many others.

She conveys her passion for food in every way possible, through books, journalism, consulting, live demos, and has her own business called “Gastrotours”, conducting tours around London’s foodie hotspots. Celia wrote a weekly column for The Times online called “Urban Farmer” about her allotment in North London, which led to her 2010 book “New Urban Farmer”. She is a regular contributor to BBC Good Food Magazine and the Borough Market magazine and blog. Her latest book, “5:2 Vegetarian”(link to blog?) was published in January 2014 by Pavilion. Celia’s numerous TV appearances include Market Kitchen (UKTV Food), Saturday Kitchen (BBC), and in the USA on PBS and The Food Network.

Celia Brooks

• Contact and FAQ •

Please get in touch – I welcome any comments, questions or feedback.
Email: celia@celiabrooks.com

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Gastrotours FAQ

Q: What’s the minimum number for a group booking?
A: Usually 6. A group of fewer than 6 pay the same as 6.

Q: What is the maximum number for a group booking?
A: 12 people.

Q: I want to buy a gift voucher, but I’m not sure which tour the recipient would prefer; what should I do?
A: I will email you a voucher which describes all three. You pay for the cheapest (£60) and make up the difference when they book.

Q: Do the gift vouchers have an expiry date?
A: They are good for 1 year.

Q: Are Gastrotours suitable for people with special diets, ie vegetarians?
A: All Gastrotours are suitable for any special diet as long as I am informed in advance.

Q: Can I bring my child in a pram?
A: Yes, although Borough Market mornings would be difficult with a pram for the last hour.

Q: Is it suitable for wheelchair users?
A: Absolutely yes, though I will inform you of any awkward points to be aware of in advance.

Q: If I am sick on the day or unable to come for some reason, can I get a refund?
A: Unfortunately no. You can, however, send someone in your place.

Q: What if I have to cancel or postpone a group booking?
A: If you have to cancel, you must give me at least two weeks’ notice, and your deposit (£200) will be refunded in full. If you wish to reschedule, your deposit will be carried over. I will be in touch a week before the booked date to confirm numbers and arrange payment in full.

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