Lotte is a skilled and highly experienced broadcaster. Recognised as a leading authority on English cooking, she brings thirty years of food experience to her television presenting, live stage hosting and compering with a light, friendly and humorous touch.
Lotte is Patron, Director and one of two event co-ordinators who run Thame Food Festival. In its tenth year, the festival has grown enormously and last year an estimated 28,000 people visited the Festival on this one day of the year to buy both local and national artisan food.
In 2017 the Festival will grow to two days and move venue to The Thame Show Ground on the periphery of the town. Lotte runs the festival with Alison Isherwood and between them they oversee all the operations including gathering in sponsorship. They spend a lot of time choosing the stall holders – and sampling all new ones. This means that there is always high quality produce at the Festival. Lotte’s contacts enables the demonstration stage to be brimming with culinary talent!
Magimix have just been confirmed as the new Headline Sponsor the next three years.
Thame Food Festival is known as one of the best September festivals in the UK, with high quality artisan food producers and plenty for visitors to see and do.
Aside from Thame Food Festival and TV, for the last five years, Lotte has hosted the Interview Stage at theBBC Good Food Shows throughout the year – speaking to all the big names in food TV including John Torrode, Gregg Wallace, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Michel Roux Jr, James Martin and Tom Kerridge amongst many others. At the summer show, this also includes many TV gardeners too.
December 2015 Lotte went to Dubai to host the Interview Stage there at the inaugural BBC Good Food Show there.
The Interview Stage has become a popular destination at the shows for both the chefs and the public, where the interviews are always lively, fun and relaxed. For the big chefs, it can often have an audience of 1,000+
2017 sees Lotte hosting the Interview Stage throughout the year once again – something she absolutely adores doing
Since 2015 Lotte has judged with the Great Taste Awards and in 2017 she is a judge co-ordinator.
– Lotte works closely with Zyliss as their internal brand ambassador – developing recipes for them and demonstrating their products. She has recently filmed for the launch of their new product the ‘Easy Pull’ manual food processor.
Lotte also regularly demonstrates for AGA and has hosted the demonstrations for Kenwood at the BBC Good Food Show too.
She is a regular face and one of the resident chefs on Food Network UK and has filmed many interstitials for the channel including Made with Love for Valentines with Matt Evers and ‘Keep calm and plan ahead Christmas in September weekend’.
Lotte is also the face of Food Network’s online Cookery School having filmed many short form films on the website with scores of different recipes from Bread to Cakes to Pies.
2011/12 Lotte was one of the main judges for the OFM (Observer Food Monthly) Awards and The World Bread Awards.
Her cookery book – Lotte’s Country Kitchen was published by Absolute Press in 2010.
In 2010 Lotte flew to New York for Food Network UK and filmed and competed in the UK version of Chopped which also aired on Food Network US. Other recent television appearances have included BBC’s Countryfile: Summer Diaries and Castle in the Country as well as ITV1’s Heart of the Country and Five’s Cooking the Books. She was also a regular presenter and chef for five years on UKTV’s Great Food Live.
Lotte was one of the stars of ITV1’s Dial a Mum series. Concentrating on household management and food, Lotte gently encouraged contributors to live a healthier lifestyle by cooking good food. She also helped people to make their lives more organised and calm by making sure their homes were places they wanted to be in.
Lotte started out on television by presenting three of her own series – Simply Puddings, Feast Days and Holidays and Quick Cooks for Carlton. She then went on to be a chef on Ready Steady Cook and resident chef on Channel 5’s Open House with Gloria Hunniford. Guest appearances also include Channel 4’s The Richard and Judy Show, Battle of the Chefs, Eastenders Revisited, BBC1’s Value for Money, Animal Park, Club Vegetarian, Ideal Home Cooks with Nanette Newman and Kate Humble’s Webwise programme, where she told the world a thing or two about Tudor food.
Lotte has been Brand Ambassador for Cuisinart in the UK, guest editor for Prestige Cookware’s Eat Drink live magazine and has demonstrated for Marks and Spencer and The National Trust, among many other organisations.
Lotte has run her own cookery school/demonstration business for over twenty years. Most recently she owned and ran her own cafe, Lotte’s Kitchen for three.
Lotte has a daughter, Daisy and her father is renowned cartoonist and playright Robert Duncan. www.duncancartoons.com