Andy Lynes
 food journalist and writer



About Andy Lynes

Andy LynesAndy Lynes edits the Metro newspaper's Good Taste food and drink pages which appear every Tuesday. He is a Glenfiddich Award nominated freelance writer specialising in food, drink and travel. He contributes regular food and drink themed travel articles and hotel reviews to the Independent on Sunday and for three years wrote the paper's Food of the Week column. Andy's work has also appeared in The Times, Sainsbury's magazine, Waitrose Food Illustrated, Independent on Sunday Review magazine, History Today, Saab magazine and Scarlet magazine.

He has written cover features on ecological issues and interior design for Restaurant magazine, to which he also contributes regular chef interviews. He contributes blogs and news items to William Reed's website and has written several cover features for Caterer and Hotelkeeper, including an exclusive interview with top London restaurateur Nigel Platts Martin and profiles of Michelin starred chefs Simon Rogan, Mauro Colagreco and Simon Hulstone. He writes regularly for the American trade publication Food Arts, most recently identifying the new wave of modern British cooking.

He has contributed travel and restaurant features as well as a monthly restaurant news page to the BBC's olive magazine. He is the author and editor of Britain's Finest Restaurants ( and is a regular guest restaurant critic for the London Metro and on one occasion the Guardian. He contributed to the 2007 and 2006 editions of the Square Meal restaurant guide, the revised edition of the Oxford Companion to Food and The AA's The Guest List, both published in 2006.

Andy is a judge on the Channel 4 series Iron Chef UK ( and has appeared as a food pundit on the BBC's Breakfast news programme and UK Food TV. In 2007 he was invited to join Charles Campion, Alex James and Delicious magazine editor Matthew Drennan on the Supreme Judging Panel of the Great Taste Awards. From 2002-2007, Andy was a member of the World's 50 Best Restaurants voting panel.

As web editor of, Andy helped develop the site and contributed features, news, blogs and other supporting copy for the station’s programming. He created the “They Say, We Say, You Say” book review format and edited and posted contributors copy including nutritionist Sarah Shenker’s eleven part weight loss plan.

He is a former committee member of the Guild of Food Writers and edited the Guild’s magazine Savour. He was a founding affiliate of The eGullet Society for the Culinary Arts and Letters ( where his many managerial duties included Dean of The eGullet Culinary Institute, contributing editor of The Daily Gullet and host of the UK forums.

He was a judge of the final stages of the World Cheese Awards in Dublin in 2008 and also helped judge the Sommelier of the Year competition in London, also in 2008. Andy is proud to say that he was a member of the media team that won the 2008 All Bar One Beer Challenge, beating a panel of experts that included Pete Brown, author of Man Walks Into a Pub and master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt.

In 1997, Andy reached the semi-finals of BBC TV’s Masterchef competition and in 2000, was the only British competitor ever to participate in the prestigious Trophee des amateurs gourmands held in Lyon. Andy cooked in partnership with Michelin starred chef Bruce Poole of Chez Bruce restaurant in London and competed against other amateurs and their Michelin starred chef mentors including Alain Dutournier of Restaurant Carre des Feuillants in Paris and Jacques Pourcel of Les Jardin des Sens in Montpellier. The event was covered by Figaro magazine in France and the Independent in the UK (click here for the article).

Andy has completed stages in numerous professional kitchens including the Inn on the Park with Jean Christophe Novelli, the Fifth Floor with Henry Harris, Chez Bruce with Bruce Poole, Roscoff with Andy Rea, Le Pont De La Tour with Tim Powell, Bibendum with Matthew Harris and The Merchant House with Shaun Hill. He also worked the cold appetiser section on a busy Saturday night at chef Tom Coohill’s acclaimed Ciboulette restaurant in Atlanta Georgia.

In spring and summer 2010, Andy will deliver the Food Media module of Brighton University's MA in Culinary Arts and has appeared as a guest speaker at London City University’s Food Writing course talking about how to break into food writing. The story of how he changed careers from BT auditor to food and drink writer is to be told in Sarah Wade and Carole Anne Rice’s Find Your Dream Job published in January 2009.

Andy lives in Brighton with wife Gill, son George, daughter Alice and Lulu the German Shorthaired Pointer.