The Vintage Chef Olivia Potts

Olivia Potts is a former criminal barrister who retrained as a pastry chef. She co-hosts The Spectator’s Table Talk podcast and writes Spectator Life's The Vintage Chef column. A chef and food writer, she was winner of the Fortnum and Mason's debut food book award in 2020 for her memoir A Half Baked Idea.

Why you should never buy scotch eggs

11 June 2022 9:00 am

One of the perils of being a recipe writer is that people regularly ask me why I bother making things…

Eccles cakes

14 May 2022 9:00 am

When I first made Eccles cakes, I’m not sure I really knew where Eccles was. I certainly didn’t think I’d…

The secret to baking the fluffiest hot cross buns

16 April 2022 9:00 am

What makes a hot cross bun a hot cross bun? Is it in the bun: the spice, the dried fruit…

The magical kitschiness of black forest gateau

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Kitsch is something of my stock-in-trade. And it doesn’t get more kitsch than Black Forest gateau. Pots of cream, pints…

Steak Diane: the perfect date-night dish

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Cooking for romance is no laughing matter. The stakes are high. Get it right and woo the love of your…

Lardy cake: a royal favourite

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Lardy cake has a branding problem. We don’t mind puddings or cakes which explicitly announce their richness or decadence —…

The sheer joy of a sherry trifle

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Christmas brings out the best and the worst in me. It’s a chance to give in to my inclination to…

Recipe: Lancashire hotpot

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Nine months ago, after a decade spent in London, I moved to Lancashire. Although I’m a northerner born and bred,…

Chicken Marbella

16 October 2021 9:00 am

What is it about retro food? I don’t mean nostalgic food, from school dinner favourites to your grandmother’s signature dishes.…

French connection: how to make cherry clafoutis

11 September 2021 9:00 am

My daydreams at the moment follow a predictable theme. I am on holiday somewhere balmy, with a carafe of cold…