Alastair Hendy is an entirely self-taught cook, beginning at the age of six. He studied Theatre and Costume Design at Central St Martins, London, followed by some time as Display Manager for Habitat Stores. He then dealt in Twentieth Century furniture and objects from a shop in Marylebone, London.
His full time cookery career began when he became a runner-up in BBC Good Food magazine’s Italian Cook of the Year competition, followed by a brief stint as pudding and salad chef at Antonio Carluccio’s Neal Street restaurant, London. He then started contributing to You magazine, Mail on Sunday and Guardian Weekend, and Waitrose Food Illustrated. He launched the food pages of Red magazine (and was food editor for the first six issues) and was the Photographic Art Director for Eat it and Creative Director for Live it , Sir Terence Conran’s food and lifestyle magazines, and was food editor of Livingetc (until November 2000).
Alastair was the food and cookery writer for The Sunday Times 1999 – 2002