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Helen Hokin
Helen Hokin is the founder and editor of Food Tripper.
 
An expert and opinion-former on gourmet and luxury travel, Helen has eaten her way around the world. From interviewing Michelin star chefs, to street food sellers in Mumbai, she has met the people behind the world’s most diverse and interesting food stories, bringing her adventures to life in magazines and on TV.
 
In 2009, after a decade in food and travel journalism, Helen founded Food Tripper - a lifestyle publication aimed at ‘people who travel to eat.’  Soon after, the unique concept, combining cutting-edge food trends with off-beat food history & culture, was spotted by Travel Channel as a great fit for TV. Helen is now presenter and a producer of the TV series. Find out more here

When she’s not travelling, eating or writing, Helen continues to offer expert comment and act as judge for food and travel awards. Her most memorable experiences include eating her own body weight in dairy whilst judging The World Cheese Championships; Sleeping her way around the North West of England to determine the Best Hotel in Cheshire and acting as an undercover restaurant reviewer for the Which? Good Food Guide. She hasn’t had her stomach stapled yet.
 
She counts being marooned on a private island in the Seychelles and crossing the Continental Divide with cowboys on horseback amongst her most enjoyable travel experiences.
 
Her TV and published work have appeared on Market Kitchen on the Good Food Channel, the Independent, Guardian, Channel4.com, Food & Travel Magazine, Weight Watchers, handbag.com, Caterer & Hotelkeeper and Journey, to name a few.
 
Helen has a Masters degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management, is a trained chef and worked briefly in the hospitality industry before embarking on a media career. She also has a Masters degree in French Language & Literature.



Features by Helen Hokin

Parma ham for pudding?
Helen Hokin: A cookery class with Michelin starred chef Alberto Rosetti pays homage to Italy's most hallowed haunch.
Germany: Wine Tasting and a Light Show in Riesling Wine Country
Helen Hokin: On a recent trip to Riesling wine country, the late summer sun shone in full force warming the ripening grapes and the hearts of anxious wine growers concerned about the unusually rainy summer and potential damage to their delicate crops.
Winchester: Rick Stein to Open First Restauarnt Outside Cornwall.
Renowned British chef Rick Stein has announced plans to open a new restaurant in Winchester.  
National Ice Cream Month: Quirky Ice-Creams From Around The World
Helen Hokin: July is national ice-cream month. Here are some of the quirkier ones.
Restaurant Review: Pescatori, London
Helen Hokin: The lobster is not the predicatable Maine variety but our own Dorset Blue. After all, who wants their thermidor resuscitated from a half-frozen, jet-lagged crustacean?
Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs Scoops Gold at Awards
Nyetimber strikes gold once again in this year's International Wine & Spirit Challenge.
Book Review: Noodle! 100 Amazing Authentic Recipes
Helen Hokin: Noodle! has more recipes than you can shake a chopstick at. It might just get me out of my ramen rut.
Wales: New Restaurant Openings from Michelin Chefs Sommerin and Holland
Welsh-based Michelin chefs James Sommerin and Will Holland open a restaurant apiece this month.
Eats, Drinks and Gadgets: Gift ideas for deserving dads.
Dads are notoriously hard to buy for. Take the pressure off with our budget-friendly gift guide.
UK Beer Fights Prostate Cancer Wins Innovation Award
UK Beer Fights Prostate Cancer Wins Innovation Award
London: On The Roof With Q Launches At Selfridges
Renowned restaurateur, Des McDonald, (The Fish & Chip Shop, Holborn Dining Room) will be launching 'On the Roof with Q' - a new rooftop dining experience at Selfridges that is set to be the al fresco dining destination of the summer.
World's Hottest Rooftops for Sky-high Snacking
Helen Hokin: From Jerusalem to Barcelona, London, New York, LA and beyond, the rooftop has replaced the hotel lobby as the hippest venue for drinking, eating, lounging and, in some spectacular cases, taking a dip. Rule of thumb: the higher the better.
Book Review: Brazilian Food
Helen Hokin: Brazil is a vast country with a cornucopia of fabulous ingredients and a wealth of ethnic culinary influences
Helen Hokin's Spring News
Spring has made an appearance, at last and we have al fresco ideas from picnics in the park to sky-high snacking in London and all over the world.
Home Guru, Alison Cork, on Kitchen Design, Cooking and the new Cupcake
Helen Hokin: Home guru Alison Cork shares her flare for kitchen interiors, effortless cooking and stylish summery recipes.
Restaurant Review: The Bingham, Surrey
Helen Hokin: There’s nothing hushed or altar-like about the The Bingham  today. It feels like the friendly, family-run business I discovered all those years ago.
UK: Chef Fergus Henderson receives the Lifetime Achievement Award 2014
UK: Chef Fergus Henderson receives the Lifetime Achievement Award 2014
Restaurant Review: Mews of Mayfair, London
Helen Hokin: The scallops, seared golden on the outside, still shimmery and a little translucent on the inside, were instantly gobbled up and raved about.
Restaurant Review: Mews of Mayfair, London
Helen Hokin: I won't tire of Modern British. Not as long as it's this good
Restaurant Review: Lanes of London, Park Lane
Helen Hokin: This Marriott mashup is OK in execution but the concept is contrived  and you know what they say about pleasing all the people all the time. For London street food, best stick to the streets.
Macau: 74 establishments in Macau celebrated in The Michelin Guide 2014
Seventy-four establishments in Macau, including 18 hotels and 56 restaurants, have been selected for inclusion in The MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong & Macau 2014.  The inclusion of ten new restaurants and two new hotels in Macau - an increase of 23 establishments on the previous year - demonstrates Macau's amazingly diverse food scene and reinforces its reputation as one of Asia's great food destinations.
Alta Badia: Skiing on Michelin Mountain
Helen Hokin: Italy's youngest Michelin-starred chef Matteo Metulio's devotion to cooking, he tells me, is only rivalled by his passion for Liverpool F.C. A man after my own heart.
Helen Hokin's Winter Picks
Helen Hokin: I’m considering relocating to Barbados. I could swap my reindeer onesie for a designer one-piece and save on heating bills without the hassle of switching suppliers every other month.
Restaurant Review: Hopskotch, Liverpool
Helen Hokin: The ingredients might be sourced locally but the ‘globally’ inspired menu is a good match for Liverpool’s rich maritime history
Is your Christmas party food threatening the rainforests?
Choosing ethically sourced Christmas party food can help reduce threats to rainforests a new survey says.
Book Review: The Taste of America
All the time we’ve been borrowing from American food culture we’ve missed out on delights such as these.  Helen Hokin reviews The Taste of America by Coleman Andrews.
London: Carlos Martinez Appointed Executive Chef at The Stafford
The Stafford London by Kempinski has appointed Carlos Martinez to Executive Chef effective immediately. Martinez has worked at 18 Michelin-starred restaurants throughout Europe. He masters both classic and modern techniques with Mediterranean flavours.
Helen Hokin's Autumn Picks
Travelling to a different part of the world usually means sampling the local cuisine, but if you’re headed somewhere as uninhabited and challenging as the Antarctic, then you only get to eat what you bring with you.
A Gourmet Mediterranean Cruise
Helen Hokin: As I embark the Nieuw Amsterdam for a Gourmet Mediterranean cruise autumn might have tightened its grip in London but it’s still gloriously late summer in the Med.
Six of the Best: Brunch Hotspots, London
It’s time to rise, shine and treat your taste buds to the most important meal of the day; a long, lazy, boozy brunch.
PERU: Helena Rizzo is Latin America's best female chef
Helena Rizzo, executive chef of Mani restaurant in Sao Paulo, is named as the winner of The Veuve Clicquot Latin America’s Best Female Chef for 2013 by the organisers of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants sponsored by Cusque?a.
Interview: Inspiration from Clearspring Founder, Chris Dawson
Entrepreneur and visionary Chris Dawson launched his organic food business, Clearspring, 20 years ago. Helen Hokin catches up with him to find out his secret for success and longevity.
Helen Hokin's Summer Picks
Summer's off to a great start as my book 'Ten Minute Tapas' is voted Book of the Month by Healthy Food Guide Magazine.
London: Apsleys Launches Chelsea Flower Show Lunch Menu
In celebration of Chelsea Flower Show, Apsleys, a Heinz Beck Restaurant at The Lanesborough is proud to introduce a floral themed lunch menu which will be offered from 21st May through to 25th May.
Book Review: Atul's Curries of the World by Atul Kochhar
Atul's simple and succinct approach to recipe writing demystifies the complexities of curry cooking while incorporating spices and flavours beyond his usual repertoire.
Tel Aviv: Farmers market opens at Jaffa Port
The Farmers Market in the renovated Jaffa Port is now open to the public for the first time.
Tyrells Tycoon Toasts Vodka Success with Marmalade Martini.
It's not just the food producers, distilleries are climbing on board the seasonal bandwagon, says Helen Hokin

Food Glorious Food is companion book to Simon Cowell's first foray into food TV
Finally, the much anticipated cookery book to accompany Simon Cowell's first foray into food TV is here.
Chef profile: Alfonso Lillo Fas
In Spain, Alfonso Lillo Fas might be a Masterchef, but in London he is champion of regional Catalan cooking. Helen Hokin heads to Fat of the Land to finds out what's on the menu.
Parma Food Tour
Emilia Delizia launches the Parma Food Tour.
Food Tripper's Helen Hokin Wins Best TV Broadcast Feature 2012
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation's Journalism Awards: Helen Hokin takes home first prize for 'Best TV Broadcast Feature 2012'
World Food Awards: Rhianna rocks home with award for Vita Coco
RnB Rhianna romps home with a gong at the fourth annual World Food Awards.
Eurostar announces Raymond Blanc as Culinary Director
Eurostar has proudly announced the appointment of world renowned Michelin starred chef, Raymond Blanc as its Culinary Director. The exciting new gastronomic partnership will see Raymond share his passion for promoting the very best in sustainable and seasonal food with Eurostar’s Business Premier passengers.
Helen Hokin's Autumn Picks
This October Iceland Express celebrates Local Food Month with a brand new food guide.
Reykjavik: Local Food Month, October 2012
This October Iceland celebrates Local Food Month with a brand new food guide. Food Tripper's editor Helen Hokin heads to Reykjavik to put five of its recommendations to the taste test.
Elena Arzak is the World's Best Female Chef
Spain’s Elena Arzak wins the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards
Food Tripper Black Forest on Travel Channel
Join me in Germany's Black Forest in my next episode of Food Tripper, on Travel Channel starting March 14th at 8pm
Helen Hokin's Spring Picks
Spring - we're almost there - brings more episodes of my Food Tripper TV series exploring food history and culture all over the world. This time I'm in the Black Forest, Estonia and Grenada and you can watch all three 60-minute shows on Travel Channel on Sky 251.
Walking Turkey's first honey route
Balyolu is the first honey tasting walking journey of its kind, led and inspired by local women
Brick Lane - The 2012 Curry Capital
Brick Lane hosts an exciting new exhibition of its leading culinary personalities
New York: The Cinnamon Club pops up at Desmond’s NYC
India-meets-London-meets-New York next year when Westminster restaurant The Cinnamon Club – headed up by executive chef and CEO Vivek Singh – pops up at Desmond’s NYC between 4th and 11th February.
Fifteenth century feasts. Make them at home.
The Borgias are back on DVD on December 5th and to celebrate we have real Renaissance recipes.
Helen Hokin's winter picks
This winter, we're giving away a host of fantastic festive prizes in time for Christmas, my TV series continues on Travel Channel on Sky 251 and we have as usual all the latest in food travel news and reviews.
Helen Hokin's autumn picks
Don't forget to tune in to Travel Channel, from 29th September, for the latest 60-minute episode in the Food Tripper TV series. This time I'm in Cyprus.
Helen Hokin's spring picks
Spring has well and truly sprung- in fact, you'd think we'd skipped straight to summer. We've been frantically busy at Foodtripper and have a host of brand new features and giveaways to usher in the season. And don't forget to check out our TV series, 'Food Tripper' airing now on Travel Channel on Sky 251 with new episodes being filmed on location as I write.
Helen Hokin's February Picks
Kung Hei Fat Choi! London's Chinese New Year celebrations are one of the biggest outside China, and fittingly, we kick things off with a chat with Ken Hom, OBE. And what a month for Cornwall where pasty makers finally get their long-awaited PGI staus and the wonderful Camel Valley triumphs again with 1st prize for the World's Best Sparkling Rose. And talking of prizes, we have a week's worth of Bigham's Gourmet Pies to give away.
Heston Blumenthal talks about the imminent launch of Dinner
Modern British? So last decade. Modern Medieval is the next dining out trend - if Heston Blumenthal has anything to do with it.
Helen Hokin's December Picks
It's Christmas and we have a host of festive features, cookery holiday ideas and gourmet gifts to give away. In London, the restaurant scene has never been hotter. With Heston's 'Dinner' at The Mandarin now taking bookings for the January launch and Wolfgang Puck on his way to The Dorchester, 2011 promises to be an exciting year - for Londoners, at least.
Helen Hokin's November Picks
There's a brand new Gallic phenomenon that goes by the name of Gourming; a French-style update on afternoon grazing akin to Spain's tradition of tapas. We head to Moet & Chandon HQ to find out more. We've heard whisperings of a six-star London hotel launch. Win 'The World Atlas of Whisky' an erudite tome by expert 'whiskateer' Dave Broom. And from the very talented chocolatier, Marc Demarqutte, there are sumptuous Nutkeeper's Chocolates up for grabs.
Helen Hokin's October Picks
We follow recent landees Obama and Tom Cruise to the fabulous new Hotel Verta, billed as London's Gateway, at the London Heliport. Arriving by helicopter is de rigeur as is dinner at Patrisey inside. Locally sourced ingredients - yes we got that already - but honey from Battersea? Who knew. It's Avocado Week from 25th to 31st October and on that note, Foodtripper received news that the Chilean miners ate avocados in at least two of their first few meals back home. And very good on them, too.
Helen Hokin's September Picks
Travel Channel has teamed up with Foodtripper to make an exciting new show entitled ‘Foodtripper Miami’ to be broadcast this coming October (on SKY 251 and 252). Written and presented by Foodtripper’s Helen Hokin, the show explores how recent history has shaped the way Miamians eat today and why The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is key to the city’s newfound status as the USA’s hottest destination for food tourists.
Helen Hokin's July Picks
Foodtripper: The Collection has just launched. This boutique selection of the world's best cookery holidays brings global gourmet retreats direct to your fingertips... your very own delicious escape is just a click away. On Foodtripper TV, we’ve invited top chef Rowley Leigh to make the most of Spain's short-lived Picota cherry season, cooking up a classic clafoutis. And we have a fab holiday to Spain's Jerte Valley for one lucky individual.
Helen Hokin's June Picks
In anticipation of a long, hot, British summer I stay close to home dropping by Le Cafe Anglais where Rowley Leigh  - just turned 60 - shares future plans  for the restaurant and role as poster boy for the forthcoming Picota cherry season. Across town, at The Lanesborough, Heinz Beck's elegant summer menu is served. Go there for the chaud-froid Herbal infusion with tuna tartare and green tea sorbet - more Mediterranean gluttony than molecular gastronomy.
London: Apsley's Summer Menu
Go there for the chaud-froid Herbal Infusion with tuna tartare and green tea sorbet - more Mediterranean gluttony than molecular gastronomy
Restaurant review: Le Cafe Anglais, London
In three short years, Le Cafe Anglais has earned its place on the restaurant circuit. Helen Hokin finds Rowley Leigh- unbelieveably just hit 60- still making plans and developing a sneaky sweet tooth.
Helen Hokin's May Picks
Foodtripper met the most lauded chefs on earth at The World's Fifty Best Restaurant Awards. Taking 1st prize is Noma in Copehagen knocking El Bulli off the top spot and sending a ripple effect through the chart. Heston moves down to 3rd place. Hibiscus is in, by a whisker, at number 49 leaving the total number of Brits in the top 50 at a mere three. If you missed our live tweets on the night then start following us on twitter for future live updates.
Helen Hokin's April Picks
Travel this month, with volcanic ash clogging the skies, might be all but vicarious. But in anticipation of trips to come, we have three top dining spots in L.A., an expedition into the Khao Lak jungle to make a Thai green curry, and for Foodtripper TV, I travelled to Miami to meet the talented Clay Conley head chef of Azul at The Mandarin Oriental - arguably the city's most upscale eatery. Naturally.
Helen Hokin's Spring Picks
On the sun-drenched rooftop of the Betsy Hotel, Miami, Foodtripper caught up with the darling of the New York dining scene, three Michelin Star Chef, Daniel Boulud, about his plans for Bar Boulud, launching in London this spring. Watch the exclusive interview on Foodtripper TV.
Helen Hokin's February Picks
The glamorous and good convene this month on super sexy South Beach for the Miami Wine & Food Festival showcasing new dishes, ingredients and styles from some of America's most respected culinary personalities
Helen Hokin's January Picks
We swing by California, South Africa, Australia and the Caribbean in search of fresh food and winter sun.
Helen Hokin's Winter Picks
Jerry Beck of Wholefoods Market is talking turkey on Foodtripper TV.
Happy Thanksgiving
Foodtripper TV: Talking turkey with Brooklyn-born chef, Jerry Beck of Whole Foods Market, London.
Helen Hokin's October Picks
The days are drawing in but don’t hibernate - migrate! We follow the snowbirds to South Florida for food festivals, art and five top dining spots.
Restaurant review: Sushinho, London
After six short months, Sushinho has picked up its first major award: Two AA Rosettes. Helen Hokin drops in for lunch. 
Helen Hokin's Pick of the Week
This week we have a star-spangled line up of features and ideas to get you planning for Independence Day in style.
Helen Hokin's Pick of the Week
Oh! to be in England. The weather’s fine and food festival season is in full swing. Here in London we await with greedy anticipation our own helping from the granddaddy of them all, Taste London.
Helen Hokin's Pick of the Week
Tom Kevill-Davies is The Hungry Cyclist. He agreed to let me interview him about cycling across the Americas and his new book, ‘The Hungry Cyclist’ on one condition: we talked as we cycled - on a 1960s tandem, through central London, in rush hour. Sure, why didn’t I think of that!
Helen Hokin's Pick of the Week
Years of food and travel writing have brought their challenges: scaling the Andes for ripe avocados; gulping down insects impaled on sticks in Beijing; brewing coffee over the campfire in the Rocky Mountains with real cowboys for company. OK, maybe that last one wasn’t so tough.
Helen Hokin's Pick of the Week
As hard as they might try, Foodtripper's seasoned travel writers have some way to go before they can match the distance covered by delivery vans shunting chandeliers, mirrors and imported rugs across country to our MPs second homes, as revealed last week.
Helen Hokin's Pick of the Week
There can't be many upsides to a shaky economy but cheaper travel might just be one.
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16/05/2014
Spring has made an appearance, at last and we have al fresco ideas from picnics in the park to sky-high snacking in London and all over the world.
12/01/2014
Helen Hokin: I’m considering relocating to Barbados. I could swap my reindeer onesie for a designer one-piece and save on heating bills without the hassle of switching suppliers every other month.
01/11/2013
Travelling to a different part of the world usually means sampling the local cuisine, but if you’re headed somewhere as uninhabited and challenging as the Antarctic, then you only get to eat what you bring with you.