THE WORDS AND SENTIMENTS OF DAVID HEELEY - BROADCASTER | FOOD CRITIC | TRAVEL WRITER
Bacon on a roll

BBC TV & Radio Broadcaster Food Critic

Bacon on a roll

Everybody in this business has their food heroes, usually chefs like Alain Ducasse, Ferran Adria or the adjectorially limited Gordon Ramsay, but mine have always tended away from purveyors of fine food and more to brave restaurant innovators for entrepreneurs. In the past these have included Oliver Peyton – he of the incomperable Mash and Air – as well as masters of the mainstream such as Sir Terrance Conran.  To this short but august list should now be added Tim Bacon, who for the last decade or so has been behind the founding and opening of various restaurants for Northern based [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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Gourmet Night

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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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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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