Alex Mackay is a cook, a teacher, a writer, a Provencal food expert, the Merchant Gourmet Cook and a cooking-with-kids enthusiast.  He is a winner of the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Journalist of the Year. His first book, Cooking in Provence won a World Cookbook Award and was shortlisted for Best First Book by The Guild of Food Writers. Alex was the Cookery School Director for 3 years at Raymond Blanc’s 2 star Michelin Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons followed by 6 years at his own cookery school Le Baou d’Infer in Provence and a decade alongside Delia Smith at her cookery workshops. His cookery school in Provence was put in the world top ten by the Sunday Times and Conde Nast Traveller.

Alex’s revolutionary cookbook EVERYBODY EVERYDAY won the Best Cookbook award at The New York Book Festival. His next book The Magic Fridge will be published by Bloomsbury in 2017.  Alex reently founded Café Pistou, an all day Provencal inspired café in London’s Exmouth Market where he is in charge of menu creation and development.

Alex is also a patron of The Kid’s Cookery School Charity and has been a regular on BBC’s Ready Steady Cook and ITV’s Too Many Cooks. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and two sons.


“Alex is the best home cook and cookery teacher I know...Alex is more French than a Frenchman, I think he was a Provencal gourmet in a former life.” Raymond Blanc

“A brilliant chef… with a rare and very special gift… the ability to teach, inspire and entuse others who want to learn how to cook creatively.” Delia Smith

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