English Cuisine & Sights With Matt Preston

9 March 2016

Matt Preston is an English-Australian award-winning food journalist, restaurant critic and TV personality famous for his judging role on Ten’s MasterChef Australia.

The flamboyant father-of-three is also the author of three best-selling books. He recently took some time out to chat with Flight Centre about his home country England.

Matt Preston TV personality Matt Preston has a lot of love for English food and culture

"The first thing I eat when I step off the plane in the UK is English cheddar, a glass of milk and a chocolate Hobnob. Then a cup of Builders tea.

"A special meal that won’t let you down in London is The Ledbury in Notting Hill for dinner and Hibiscus in Mayfair for lunch. I’ll have beers with the boys at some of the old Fulham haunts but, sadly, so many of them have disappeared or been gentrified.

"My favourite thing to do on a sunny Sunday in London is to go and see Chelsea play. I grew up 400 metres from their home ground, Stamford Bridge. If those tickets are too hard to snare, go to watch Fulham and take a lovely walk through Bishop’s Park from Putney Bridge tube to get to the ground. If you hate football, take a picnic to Richmond Park.


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"I was an altar boy so a climb to the top of the dome of St Paul’s to enjoy the view and Wren’s architecture is a fine escape! I spent a lot of time in Sussex as a kid.

"I recommend taking a day trip for beer at the Old Neptune in Whitstable and lunch at The Sportsman in Seasalter. Visit National Trust properties like Bodiam Castle, Petworth House, Sissinghurst Castle and Hever Castle.

"My tip for long-haul travel is to set your watch to destination time when you board and sleep as much as you can.

"I love to travel both as a food writer and for pleasure. Lisbon, London, Lima, Mexico City and Chengdu are all on the agenda next year."


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