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Tom Parker Bowles

Tom Parker Bowles
Parker Bowles at the 2014 Web Summit
Born Thomas Henry Charles Parker Bowles
(1974-12-18) 18 December 1974
London, England
Occupation Food writer[1] and critic[2]
Spouse(s) Sara Buys (m. 2005)
Children 2
Parent(s) Andrew Parker Bowles
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Relatives Laura Lopes (sister)

Thomas Henry Charles Parker Bowles (; born 18 December 1974)[3] is a British food writer and food critic. Parker Bowles is the author of five cookbooks and in 2010 won the Guild of Food Writers 2010 award for his writings on British food. He is known for his appearances as a judge in numerous television food series and for his reviews of restaurant meals around the UK and overseas for GQ, Esquire, and The Mail on Sunday.

Parker Bowles is the son of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Andrew Parker Bowles. His stepfather and godfather is Charles, Prince of Wales. He has one younger sister, Laura Lopes.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
    • Cookbooks 2.1
    • Business ventures 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Publications 4
  • Ancestry 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Tom Parker Bowles grew up at Bolehyde Manor in Allington, Wiltshire and later Middlewick House in Corsham, Wiltshire.[4] He and his sister Laura were raised as Roman Catholics.[5] Both their father and their paternal grandmother, the late Dame Ann Parker Bowles, were Catholic. Like his father, he is in the line of succession to the Earldom of Macclesfield.[6]

Parker Bowles was educated at Summer Fields prep school in Oxford.[7] In the 1980s, he and his sister attended Heywood Preparatory School in Corsham.[8] He later attended Eton College and Worcester College, Oxford, where he was a member of the Piers Gaveston Society.[9] Parker Bowles states that immediately after leaving school, he fell in love with food writing and cites his mother's cooking skills and recipes inspired him to become a food writer.[10][11][12][13]


From 1997 until 2000, Parker Bowles was a junior publicist for Dennis Davidson Associates public relations firm.[14] In 2001, he worked for Quintessentially Group, a high end concierge service, which his cousin Ben Elliot co-founded and the same year became Tatler‍ '​s food columnist.[15][16] From 2002 to date he has been a food critic and broadcaster with a weekly column in The Mail on Sunday.[17] He has recently moved from being a Contributing Editor at GQ to being a Food Editor at Esquire magazine.[18] He is also an Editor at Large of food magazine Four and luxury magazine Pomp.[19][20]

From 2007 to 2010 he co-presented Market Kitchen on Good Food Channel and presented LBC Radio's Food and Drink Programme for a year.[21] He was the food curator of Heckfield Place when it underwent renovations from 2011 until 2013.[22] He was a judge on the ITV Food series Food Glorious Food,[23] Channel nine Australian cooking series The Hot Plate[24] and is often a judge for numerous food competitions and events.[25][26][27]

As a restaurant critic, he has reviewed numerous restaurants around the world including Chiltern Firehouse, The Palm, and Le Champignon Sauvage. In 2014, he was named as one of the Top 10 most followed UK restaurant critics on Twitter[28] and was awarded a Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award by the Guild of Food Writers for work published in The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine.[29]


Parker Bowles first book, published in 2004, was E Is For Eating – An Alphabet of Greed.[30] His next, The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes, was published by Ebury in 2007.[31] AbeBooks named the book as one of The 50 Best Food Memoirs.[32] His third, Full English: A Journey Through the British and Their Food was published in 2009[33] and won the Guild of Food Writers 2010 award for best work on British food.[34] His next book, Let's Eat: Recipes From My Kitchen Notebook, is a compendium of his favourite recipes from his childhood, collected from around the world, and written with the amateur cook in mind. The book was published by St. Martin's Press and was released in 2012.[13][35] In October 2014, he launched his fifth book titled Let's Eat Meat: Recipes for Prime Cuts, Cheap Bits and Glorious Scraps of Meat,[36][37] which was published by Pavilion.[38]

Business ventures

In November 2011, Parker Bowles, along with food writer Matthew Fort and Baron Rupert Ponsonby launched a pork scratchings snack named Mr Trotter's Great British Pork Crackling.[39] Due to good reviews and successful sales of the snack,[40][41][42] they launched a beer brand in 2013 named Mr Trotter’s Chestnut Ale, which was produced in partnership with The Lancaster Brewing Company and is considered to be the first chestnut beer made in the UK.[41][43] Mr. Trotter's has since began expanding, creating different type of products.[44]

In April 2013, he became a director of Green’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar in London,[45] which was founded in 1982 by his uncle Simon Parker Bowles.[46]

Personal life

On 10 September 2005, after five years of dating, Parker Bowles married Sara Buys, a fashion editor at Harpers & Queen magazine.[47] The wedding took place at St. Nicholas' Anglican Church in Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire.[3][48] His cousin Ben was his best man.[49] The couple have two children: daughter Lola (born 9 October 2007) and son Freddy (born 28 February 2010).[50]

Parker Bowles is a patron of Malton Food Lover Festival, which holds food celebrations and competitions annually in Yorkshire, England.[51] He and his wife are both patrons of Tommy's, a charity based in London which raises awareness to prevent pregnancy problems.[52] Parker Bowles is also a strong advocate for having cookery classes in schools and in 2013 help launch the Sacla Student Cookery School, founded by Saclà Italia food company, which will teach pupils ways to cook and eat healthily.[10][53]


  • E is for Eating: An Alphabet of Greed. (2004). Long Barn Books. ISBN 978-1902421100
  • The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes (2007). Ebury. ISBN 978-0091904913
  • Full English: A Journey Through the British and Their Food. (2009). Ebury. ISBN 978-0091926687
  • Let's Eat: Recipes from My Kitchen Notebook. (2012). St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1250014337
  • Let's Eat Meat: Recipes for Prime Cuts, Cheap Bits and Glorious Scraps of Meat. (2014). Pavilion. ISBN 978-1909108318



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  2. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles, British food critic and son of duchess, shares travel tales". Palm Beach Daily News. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Tom Parker Bowles and Sara Buys".  
  4. ^ Armstrong, Julie (2 June 2013). "Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason welcomes Camilla back to her old home ground". Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Why postponing Royal wedding is right thing to do - News -". 2005-04-05. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Earl of Macclesfield family update". Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Lynn Barber (1 October 2006). "Eating like a king". The Observer. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Camilla goes back to school in Corsham". 25 November 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Mail on Sunday, 9 July 2000
  10. ^ a b My uni diet was like The Young Ones,' says Tom Parker Bowles"'". Standard. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tom’s appetite for his work is key ingredient". YorkShire Post. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Cassandra Jardine (18 October 2006). "'I felt for my mother and Sir'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Jake Wallis, Simons (5 July 2012). "Eating out with Tom Parker Bowles".  
  14. ^ People reported the name of the PR firm where Parker Bowles was employed from 1997–2000. This was done in Volume 51, Issue 20, dated 31 May 1999. Another source, Royalty Database, translates a Spanish language article in the Clarin website, and reports the name of the PR firm as simply being "DDA." This article was originally published in the same timeframe as the People article and provides, essentially, the same "news" and information.
  15. ^ Dan Bridgett (26 November 2001). "Parker Bowles firm loses £833,000". Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  16. ^ Nigel Slater (10 June 2001). "Food and Drink: Top nosh, not too posh". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles". Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles hearts Soho". Esquire Magazine. 
  19. ^ Sophie Maden (16 September 2011). "Pomp targets wealthy visitors with Chinese section". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Tom Parker-Bowles". Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles". Leading Britain Conversation. 
  22. ^ Janet, Harmer (21 February 2011). "Heckfield Place to become 'world-class' luxury retreat in Hampshire". Caterer Search. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  23. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles". ITV. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Hot Plate: Tom Parker Bowles flies in for Channel Nine’s reality TV cooking series". Herald sun. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "F&M Awards". 16 May 2013. 
  26. ^ "Observer Food Monthly Awards Judging panel". The Guardian. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  27. ^ "The British Street Food Awards". Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  28. ^ "‘Top 10 most followed UK restaurant critics on Twitter". Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  29. ^ "The Guild of Food Writers 2014 Awards Shortlist". 5 January 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  30. ^ Bowles, Tom Parker. "E is for Eating: An Alphabet of Greed". amazon. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  31. ^ Bowles, Tom Parker. "The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes". Amazon. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  32. ^ "The 50 Best Food Memoirs". Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  33. ^ Bowles, Tom Parker. "Full English: A Journey Through the British and Their Food". amazon. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  34. ^ "Guild Awards Winners 2010". Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  35. ^ Bowles, Tom Parker. "Let's Eat: Recipes from My Kitchen Notebook". Amazon. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  36. ^ "Fortnum & Mason". Twitter. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  37. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles Launches New Book 'Let's Eat Meat' At Fortnum & Mason's Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon". Getty images. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  38. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles: My life in travel". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  39. ^ "The History of Mr. Trotter". Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  40. ^ "Stop the cheese! I bring you Mr Trotter’s Pork Crackling, Crisps & Ale". 17 April 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  41. ^ a b "Mr. trotter's to launch beer". 19 April 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  42. ^ "Food and drink highlights of 2011". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  43. ^ "Lancaster Brewery debuts chestnut beer for Mr Trotters, food writers and beer guru". Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  44. ^ "Mr. Trotter's adds Potato crisps to range". 27 September 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  45. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles to join his uncle's restaurant business, Green's". 11 April 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  46. ^ "About". Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  47. ^ Ellie Pithers (16 August 2014). "Sara Parker Bowles on not being a slave to fashion". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  48. ^ "Royal weddings in history". Vogue. April 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  49. ^ "Camilla overjoyed at the society wedding of her millionaire nephew Ben Elliot". Hello magazine. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  50. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles talks posh pork scratchings".  
  51. ^ "Malton Food Lover’s Festival". Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  52. ^ "Who's who:Patrons and trustees". Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  53. ^ "Food critic Tom Parker Bowles loves Camilla's roasts". 9 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 

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