5 mins with Claire Thomson

Claire Thomson, Bristol-based chef, Guardian food columnist and author of The Five O'Clock Apron cookbook – based on her daily 5pm dinner recipe tweets grew up in Shropshire and ahead of her Ludlow Food Festival appearance, she spends five minutes to dish on why local and what's essential. 

 Chef Claire Thomson's top tip for September seasonal produce is to buy local

Chef Claire Thomson's top tip for September seasonal produce is to buy local

What are you most looking forward to at Ludlow Food Festival Claire?

Cooking alongside Rachel Roddy and Matt my husband. I think the three of us will be dynamite in the kitchen. Expect fried things, some pasta and more. Good wine too.

What’s your top tip for seasonal produce in September?

Local. I grew up in Shropshire so know well enough what ace produce the region offers. Ludlow in particular is chocca with terrific produce.

What’s your best food hack/top shortcut? Too many to list here. Follow my Instagram or buy my books to find out more… The Art of the Larder in particular. 

What’s your store cupboard essential/the one ingredient you couldn’t live without?

Olive oil, probably comes in second after my mortgage for household expenditure!

What’s your current favourite recipe?

With this heatwave, it’s mostly a jumble of fresh ingredients in a bowl, more of an assembly job than any real recipe. 

Purchase your tickets to the Ludlow Food Festival 7, 8, 9 September here.