THE WORDS AND SENTIMENTS OF DAVID HEELEY - BROADCASTER | FOOD CRITIC | TRAVEL WRITER
Best Restaurants in the World? Look who got my votes…

Food Critic

Best Restaurants in the World? Look who got my votes…

This week, saw the San Pellegrino sponsored 50 Best Restaurants in the World announced with a great fanfare in London. Anyone who is anyone in world catering is keen to be featured in this exclusive league table as, if nothing else, it guarantees them a PR bonanza. It’s amazing, when you consider that the awards themselves were only initiated in the newly formed “Restaurant” magazine in 2002, established by North West dining entrepreneurs Derek and Edwina Lilley who’d been the brains behind – first of all the creation and then sale of the EST EST EST group of restaurants – [Read More]

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Broadcaster ITV

May The Best House Win

Throughout my life, there have been a range of things that I have determinedly said I would never do.  Apparently, so I am told by my friend Adrian, I pooh poohed video recorders as being unnecessary and somewhat more reasonably swore I would never get a mobile phone – although in my own defence, they were, back then, the size of your average roller skate. One thing that I had always been sure would never change, would be the thought of me endorsing any form of “people program”, made by any number of production companies to fill the viewing schedules [Read More]

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Travel Writer

Every volcano cloud has a silver lining

So, there we were ensconced in the back of a sumptuous BMW limousine, on route to Damascus airport when the fateful phone call came in. The driver answered his ringing mobile and – inexplicably – turned and said it was for me.  For me, I thought, for me? – how could it be? The voice at the other end confirmed, however, that it was. “Mr David? I’m afraid your flight has been cancelled due to the volcano in Britain” and so began one of the most surreal episodes in my life, my time as a refuge. The only difference being, [Read More]

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Gourmet Night

BBC TV & Radio Broadcaster

Gourmet Night

Now, whilst the term gourmet night may be synonymous in many people’s minds with that unforgettable episode of Fawlty Towers, it is increasingly now more well known as the unmissable Friday night discussion programme hosted by Matt White on BBC Radio Manchester. My dulcet tones are often to be heard opining on a range of food and dining related topics.  From the uniqueness of Dewsbury rhubarb to the splendour of Eccles cakes and via a range of different Mancunian restaurants, where Matt and I have slummed it on listeners behalves to give you the upfront low down. Miss it at [Read More]

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Warrick Dodds' Lytham Shrimp Salad - find it at the Hastings Lytham

Food Critic

Lytham Shrimps

Lytham has long been synonymous with the shrimp.  This tiny crustacean has been landed in the town for hundreds of years and currently the fleet of little shrimping boats can be seen bobbing in the estuary, adjacent to the slade by Seafield Road. The shrimpers hardy tractors, parked by the sea wall, take out the small tenders, from which the fishermen disembark their prize catch. You may well ask – why is Lytham synonymous with shrimps? Well, it’s all to do with the River Ribble, which floods the estuary with fresh water, laden with nutrients. Crucially, this dilutes the salinity [Read More]

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BBC Radio Lancashire

BBC TV & Radio Broadcaster

BBC Radio Lancashire

Over the last couple of years I’ve been invited by the good people of BBC Radio Lancashire onto the ever popular mid morning Sally Naden discussion and music show, where I’ve been encouraged to give my views on a host of food and hospitality related topics, as well as keeping listeners updated on the ongoing progress of my Mallorcian modernist masterpiece and the accompanying book “My Building Obsession” My most recent appearance, heard me opine – alongside award-winning chef Warrick Dodds from the Hastings in Lytham – on the challenge of getting bums on otherwise empty restaurant seats and how [Read More]

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