As the longest serving member of the Good Food family, skills & shows editor Barney has been with us for 20 years. Over this time, he has written, developed and tested thousands of recipes, worked alongside practically every British celebrity chef, as well as making countless videos, hosting all our live events and most recently making all the sourdough content for our online masterclasses and webinars.
Barney started his cooking career alongside Jamie Oliver at Westminster Kingsway College completing a three-year chef’s diploma, he then went on to work at top restaurants in London, France and Australia. After swapping restaurant kitchens for test kitchens, Barney spent three years working on other publications and behind-the-scenes on food shoots before being asked to come and work at Good Food. In his current role as skills & shows editor, Barney draws on his years of experience and brings expertise to the more specialist sides of food with his love and knowledge for things like sourdough baking, foraging, seasonal ingredients, butchery and open fire cooking, as well as the practical day-to-day side of cooking for his family most nights of the week.
Barney writes lots of features for our magazine including the popular Next Level series which sees him bettering the nation’s favourite dishes, which he would like to get made into a book (watch this space!). For the BBC Good Food Show side of things, Barney is responsible for bringing Good Food to life at our live events. You’ll find him hosting the stages and interviewing all our celebrity contributors, demonstrating our latest recipes, overseeing the food at our Show restaurant, and teaching at live masterclasses.
Barney has edited lots of books for BBC Good Food and been on national radio including BBC Radio 2, and judged Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards. Barney is truly at his happiest in the kitchen, but you can also find him on Instagram @barney_desmazery.