Victoria Prever

Three mums who gave up their jobs to bake a living

By Victoria Prever, October 8, 2015

Since the first Great British Bake Off hit our TV screens in 2010, a career in cake has become everybody's pipe(d) dream.

JC Food met three mums who spend much of their working week elbow deep in flour, butter, eggs and sugar, to find out what it's really like.

Natalie Allen left a six-figure salary as a project manager in the City to bake.


New flavours for Ottolenghi as he looks East

By Victoria Prever, September 17, 2015

Anyone who has cooked one of Yotam Ottolenghi's recipes knows they are not 15-minute meals. The ingredients won't all be in most home cooks' pantries. Sourcing them often entails a trip to a large supermarket or specialist ethnic grocer.


Cutting a slice of the action

By Victoria Prever, September 12, 2015

With the wall-to-wall festivals now upon us, it has to be smoked salmon season. The luxury treat is a given for celebrations - how else would you end your Yom Kippur fast if not with a slice of challah topped with smoked salmon and a steaming cup of tea?

According to Lance Forman, owner of H Forman & Son, although smoked salmon is now a ubiquitous product, quality is on a downwards spiral.


The new healthy - what's hot for healthy appetites

By Victoria Prever, August 6, 2015

Health food is no longer just for hemp-knitting hippies. Raw, organic, cold-pressed and gluten-free are all now buzz words. Food and drink in those categories are flying off the shelves.

Several young entrepreneurs have spotted the trend and jumped on to the wave before it peaks.


Where to find Israel's top tables this year

By Victoria Prever, July 31, 2015

Israel used to be the last place you would choose for a gourmet break. Now it's a nosh fest.

With most holidays only a week or two away, you'll want to plan your dining schedule before you hit the departure lounge. So JC Food has quizzed the foodiest Israelis we know on what's hot in the land of mahallabi and pomegranate molasses.


Rise and shine - Menorca sparkles as a tiny holiday destination

By Victoria Prever, July 30, 2015

Unlike its Balearic siblings, Mallorca and Ibiza, Menorca isn't party central. But don't get the wrong idea - there's plenty to do at night-time on this tiny island, half the size of Hertfordshire and just 47km from end to end. Yet with 216km of coastline there are plenty of beaches.


Barceló Hamilton

By Victoria Prever, July 30, 2015

The adult-only 160-room hotel was renovated when Barceló took over the property in 2012. It is built around an atrium in which there are two swimming pools and a restaurant in an old converted mansion. Bedrooms, all neatly modern in style, either face in or out to sea.


How I became an artisan grocer

By Victoria Prever, July 10, 2015

Have you ever moaned about supermarkets pushing out smaller operators, and how all the interesting grocers have pretty well disappeared?

If you have, then how many of us have done anything about it?

North-west Londoner David Josephs, co-owner of four greengrocery/grocery stores has, and is determined to promote quality produce from artisan producers.


Spice up your life! How new ingredients have changed our kitchen cupboards

By Victoria Prever, June 17, 2015

Parsley, pepper and perhaps dill or garlic were probably the only spices our Ashkenazi grandparents would have had in their larders alongside the salt cellar.

But recently, spice sections in supermarkets have become an explosion of new flavours and names.


Gefiltefest 2015: Make it a nosh fest

By Victoria Prever, June 13, 2015

This year's Gefiltefest promises to be the best yet for hungry foodies. Pick the right demonstrations and you'll eat your way from Norway to the Nile.


I need to feed a Zest for success

By Victoria Prever, June 11, 2015

Scroll to the end of this article for details on how to win a bespoke meal cooked for you by Eran Tibi


Flavour of the month: now fast-food is healthy, tasty and Middle Eastern

By Victoria Prever, June 4, 2015

Food in a hurry need no longer be fast food - just one more thing we have to thank Israel's travelling chefs for.


Bringing the Bible back to our plates

By Victoria Prever, May 21, 2015

Foraging and freekeh (an ancient grain) may be new and trendy for foodies round these parts, but both have been on Jerusalem-based chef Moshe Basson's menu for years.


How on earth did chicken soup become so trendy?

By Victoria Prever, May 14, 2015

If Bubbe was around, her eyebrows would be approaching the ceiling.Our Friday-night favourite, chicken soup, is having a moment. The simplest of foodstuffs has been reinvented as ''must-have'' dish that only elite foodies and trend-setters know about. Except now with a new name.


The Landmark London

By Victoria Prever, May 8, 2015

As he leapt to open our car, I wondered if ours was the most meh door the doorman had opened this year.


Full steam ahead for healthy eating

By Victoria Prever, May 8, 2015



Interview: Emma Spitzer

By Victoria Prever, April 30, 2015

Few children enjoy home-baked cheesecake and baklava with their homework, but not many have a MasterChef finalist for their mother. When I arrive at Emma Spitzer's East Finchley home, it is 4pm and her daughters - aged nine, seven, four and two - are tucking in.


Make room for the tastiest day of the year

By Victoria Prever, April 30, 2015

Gefiltefest, now a fixture in the diaries of many Jewish foodies, celebrates its sixth birthday this year with a number of changes.


California dreaming

By Victoria Prever, April 23, 2015

'Growing up in New York, I always wanted to be a Jewish cowboy," jokes Jeff Morgan, co-author, with wife, Jodie, of The Covenant Kitchen: Food and Wine for the New Jewish Table.

To date, Jeff has included professional saxophonist (leading the band at the Grand Casino in Monaco, no less), shepherd (yes, really), wine writer and winemaker to his CV, but never cowboy.


Going up in smoke, Sabra style

By Victoria Prever, April 17, 2015

Next week Israel will be celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut — Independence Day.

We pay lip service here, but in the land of milk and honey it’s a huge day of feasting.

Janna Gur, founder and chief editor of Israel’s largest food magazine, Al Hashulchan Gastronomic monthly says the day is all about the grill.