Who is The London Foodie?
I am an Italian-Japanese Brazilian chef who made London home over 20 years ago. I am passionate about good food, wine and travel and have been writing as The London Foodie since 2009. After a career in investment banking, I left the City to pursue my interest in food. Following training in Japanese cuisine in Tokyo, I returned to the UK and graduated with the Grande Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu. Today, I host the Japanese Supper Club from my home in Islington about which you can find out more here.
Just as mad about wine, I also hold an Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) which encouraged me to write about my experiences with wine and spirits and matching them with food. For more information about my wine writing, click here.
Since going freelance, I have been able to focus more on travel writing particularly on food and wine related travels. More about these foodie travels here.
What is The London Foodie about?
The London Foodie is a non-commercial site, a hobby gone mad from which I derive no income. I do not advertise on this site, and have no intention to do so in future.
I am happy to review product samples, wines, cookery books, restaurants and hotels by invitation but will make my own mind up on whether to recommend them or not. As a non-commercial site, my integrity comes first.
I cater for private or corporate events at my home in Islington or at your own London location. I have worked with major food brands including Bordeaux Wines, Tilda Basmati, Unearthed and Discovery Foods to present their range of products in a non-commercial, friendly supper club environment for journalists and bloggers. If you are a PR consultant and would like to discuss this opportunity further for one of your food clients, send me an email for further details.
I may take a while to get back to you - I read all e-mails and will reply to each one of them, so please do not think you are being ignored if you have not heard from me for some time. I really appreciate receiving your feedback on what I write or your review suggestions, so please keep them coming. If you would like to get in touch about anything related to this site, you can e-mail me at luizhara(AT)hotmail(DOT)com.
Or If you would like to learn more about my food, wine and travel experiences, you can also:
Follow me on Twitter @thelondonfoodie
Or Like my Facebook Page "The London Foodie"
The London Foodie Contributors
In 2012 I decided to bring on-board a number of contributors to the site who I feel are passionate and knowledgeable on what The London Foodie is all about, and to expand the range of topics and events the site can cover.
Caroline Ghera is an interior architect and furniture designer who specialises in bespoke luxury kitchens. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she grew up in a large Italian/Portuguese/French family where life revolved around exchanging recipes, cooking and eating. Since childhood she was used to helping her mother in the kitchen and talking about food for hours. Having lived in London for over 20 years, this passion now extends to trying out new restaurants, supperclubs and street markets as well as gathering small groups of like-minded foodies to accompany her. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @roseandcardamom.
Greg Klerkx is a writer, producer and facilitator. He co-founded award winning cultural producing company Nimble Fish (www.nimble-fish.co.uk) and The ReAuthoring Project, which works with writers to reimagine their work for live and online audiences (www.reauthoring.co.uk). Born and raised in the US, Greg has been a Londoner for a decade and counting. @gregklerkx.
Felicity Spector has worked at Channel 4 News for 23 years and is currently chief writer. She has a bunch of fancy Masters degrees from Oxford and Harvard and writes about US politics. She is also passionate about food and has judged the Great Taste Awards for 5 years, helping to champion the country's best small producers. She is especially passionate about desserts. Cheesecake and brownies a particular specialty.
Marina Benjamin is a writer, blogger and food nut. She’s worked as a journalist for all the broadsheets, and had columns in the Daily Express and Scotland on Sunday. Her books include Rocket Dreams (2004) and Last Days in Babylon (2007). She is currently Senior Editor of Aeon – an online magazine of ideas and culture.
Matthew is a freelance journalist, dedicated cook and literary academic, with an interest in modernist literature and drama. He is a luxury and hospitality correspondent for Canvas8, a contributor to several literary journals and The London Foodie's newest contributor. He can be reached at brownjamesmatthew6ATgmailDOTcom or @matthewbrown_6
Su-Lin Ong eats and drinks tirelessly in adventurous corners around town. A great night out is one filled with the fun of guests making crazy conversation in any place with a vibrant, individual ambience. By day, Su-Lin is an entertainment, food and drink expert. Her work has spanned feature writing for international lifestyle magazines, through to music business and parliamentary consultancy. She is also a trained cook. One of her first encounters with Luiz Hara, The London Foodie, was at a gourmet cooking dinner when he relegated her to 'making the salad'. Contact Su-Lin via The London Foodie or sulinongATslo-london.co.uk, Twitter: @sloLondon
Blowing My Own Trumpet
The London Foodie was listed by some top UK media:
The Best UK Websites for Booking a Restaurant by The Daily Mail, see feature here.
|The Best UK Websites for Booking a Restaurant|
The 50 Best UK Food Websites (Category - Blogs) and in a Feature on My Favourite Solo Supper by The Independent - see these features here and here.
|This One's For Me - Chefs and Food Bloggers Reveal Their Favourite Solo Suppers|
The 50 Best UK Food Websites
Interviewed by Mise en Place Catering and Hospitality Recruitment for their 'Eat My Words' column - you can read the interview here.
Featured in an article by The Daily Mail regarding Le Cordon Bleu London in November 2012, you can view it here.
The London Foodie Supper Club was featured on the GNT Channel by Olivier Anquier's Diario do Olivier. I spent a day with Olivier and his crew recording the two episodes at my home and supper club which you can see below. The programme was aired in Brazil and is in Portuguese.
The London Foodie was listed as one of the Best London Blogs of 2012 by Hotel Club.com
Featured in the D&D London Magazine - Artful Diner Lunch: The London Foodie
The 101 best things to do in London: Luiz Hara’s top 5 (Time Out London)
Luiz Hara of The London Foodie gives us his top tips for pancake day! (Time Out London)
Recommended my 5 Secret London Spots for Time Out London
Listed in Top 10 UK Food Blogs by VOUCHERCODES
Featured in Time Out London (Grazing Asia)
I was invited to write a weekly Food and Drinks Column for Jungle Drums Magazine. This is a UK magazine that promotes Brazilian culture, food and music in the UK, and also Brazil as a travel destination.
Revista Gula, Brazil's most popular gastronomic magazine, sent Fernanda Meneguetti to participate at one of our London Cooking Club events "Thai by David Thompson". Fernanda wrote a two-page article about it which was featured in the magazine's 2010 Christmas edition - Sociedade Gastronomica: "Cooking Club is new gastronomic sensation in London, thanks to a Brazilian who opens his house and kitchen to readers of his blog".
The London Foodie was featured among "The Influencer 10: Dining Blogs Men Should Follow" by Ask Men UK.
The London Foodie was interviewed by Cris Flores, presenter of "Passaporte Hoje em Dia" of the Brazilian channel "TV Record" in London, and had the pleasure of introducing her to one of my favourite London Supper Clubs - Fernandez and Leluu. The feature was called "A Gastronomia de Londres" and was organised by Mitsi Goulias, the PR manager for Visit Britain in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The programme was aired in Brazil in October 10 and you can watch it below in Portuguese.
The London Foodie was contacted by Natalie Ragus, an Associated Press journalist who asked me to help her write a piece on the London underground food scene. I took her to a few London supper clubs and helped her with the story. Luckily it also coincided with one of our London Cooking Club evenings (run from our home in Islington) when the AP photographer (Alistair Grant) joined us to take some pictures.
The piece was sold to dozens of American, Canadian, Middle Eastern and Asian news sites and other publications. These are some of the links:
MSNBC – Europe Travel
ABC News - Travel
USA Today – Travel - "Underground restaurants are on the rise in London"
Fox News – Food & Drink
Yahoo! Canada News
Sulekha.com – Luiz Hara Travel Trip London Supper Clubs
Edge on the Net
Edge – San Francisco, California
Edge – Dallas, Texas
Edge – Fire Island, New York
Edge – Seattle, Washington – London’s Supper Clubs
Edge – Boston, Massachusetts
The Telegram (Canada)
Ventura Country Star
Journal Pioneer (Canada)
The Free Library
Simpatico Travel - Canada
The Canadian Press
Daily Courier.ca – Kelowna’s Daily
The Charleston Gazette
Poten & Partners
The Light House News
The Jakarta Globe – Eating Out Goes Under the Radar in London
The Chronicle Journal - Canada
Stars and Stripes
Dayton Daily News
Los Angeles Times
Carroll County Times
The Star Online
Frederick News Post.com
The Herald Press
Trib – Wyoming News
La Crosse Tribune
The Daily Caller
Start Exponent – Culpeper, VA
MSN Travel – Canada
Arab Times Online
Interviews and Further Publications
Expatfinder.com – Listen to a Londoner (interview by “Little London Observationist”)
On the London Food Trail...
By Shiva Kumar Thekkepat of "Friday Magazine" (July 10)
By Xavier Bartaburu of Brazilian food magazine "Gosto" (July 10)
By Teresa Frederico of Portuguese Magazine "Rotas & Destinos" (September 10)
Some Guests of Honour
By Fernandez and Leluu Supper Club (October 10)
The Influencer 10: Dining Blogs Men Should Follow (November 10)
By Ask Men UK
Sociedade Gastronomica: "Cooking Club is new gastronomic sensation in London, thanks to a Brazilian who opens his house and kitchen to readers of his blog" (December 10)
By Brazilian magazine "Revista Gula"