Julia Platt Leonard

Writer

Level
Senior
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
Locked Pro Plan feature
Professions
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Projects

About me

I'm a writer and marketing & food consultant with a real passion for eating, cooking, and writing about food. I write weekly for The Independent, write a food blogs called The Chile Trail, and test recipes. One of my passions is hosting live events where I have the opportunity to talk with leading food writers and chefs about how -- and why -- they got into the food business. I've hosted events for Soho House, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Octopus publishing and others. I made the switch to cooking from advertising and direct marketing and graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Boston, MA. I worked in restaurants and catering before moving to London. I created the popular culinary salon programme at leading cookware and kitchen shop Divertimenti and I'm the proud the author of Cold Case, a children’s mystery set in a restaurant and published by Simon & Schuster.

Skills

  • Copywriting
  • Moderating
  • Journalism
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Food Blogging
  • Food Editorial
  • Food Photography
  • Food Styling
  • Food Creation

Companies I’ve worked with

  • (

    (Various)

    • L

      Los Chileros

      • D

        Divertimenti

        • H

          Haggman, Inc

          Work history

          Currently

          Food Writer

          (Various)

          Apr 2016
          • United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • I write and photograph a weekly recipe column for The Independent and also write articles for them on food producers, farming, cookbooks, food trends/industry news. In addition, I write food and lifestyle articles for Country Living. I also write for corporate clients, and wrote the Booth's Christmas Book in 2017.

          Currently

          Event Chair

          (Various)

          Jan 2015
          • United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • I chair live cookery events interviewing food writers, chefs, and leading producers including events at The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Soho House, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Cookbook Confidential at the Southbank Centre and Foyle's, Les Dames d'Escoffier Edible London and the AGA Festival. In addition, I have hosted wellbeing events as part of Nourish & Inspire.

          Currently

          Recipe Tester

          (Various)

          Feb 2012
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • I am a recipe tester for cookbooks and also private clients. My work has included everything from celebrity chefs to a cookbook on how to cook for your dog as well as corporate work for clients including Vitamix.

          Currently

          Food Blogger

          Los Chileros

          Jan 2012
          • Santa Fe, NM, USA
          • Freelance
          • I write The Chile Trail, the food blog for Los Chileros, a U.S.-based chilli and spice company. I develop the recipes, write the posts and photograph the finished dishes. I also launched My AGA Diary (2014) , a blog that chronicled my first year as an AGA owner for AGA, including developing recipes, photographing them and writing blog posts.

          Currently

          VP Copywriter

          Haggman, Inc

          Sep 1997
          • Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, USA
          • Freelance
          • I write print, television, radio and collateral advertising across a range of subjects including food, healthcare, and energy efficiency.

          2015

          Marketing Consultant & Salon Host

          Divertimenti

          Aug 2012 - Feb 2015
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • I launched the highly successful Divertimenti Culinary Salon programme in 2013 as part of Divertimenti's 50th anniversary celebrations. I developed the salon events featuring leading food writers, producers, chefs and personally hosted twelve events throughout 2015. In addition, I provided additional marketing services including copy writing, social media, event planning and public relations. I also, assisted the Cookery School director in the creation and writing of the cookery school programme.

          2008

          PR & Marketing Consultant

          Divertimenti

          Nov 2003 - Nov 2008
          • London, United Kingdom
          • Freelance
          • I headed up public relations and marketing for London's leading cookware shop and cookery school including all press efforts, media communications, and press events. I also provided marketing services for the cookery school including programme development and copywriting.

          Education

          1995

          Sep 1995 - Dec 1995
          • Boston, United States
          • I studied food writing with former Cook's Illustrated editor John Willoughby.

          1994

          Sep 1993 - Jun 1994
          • Boston, United States
          • I attended and graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts where I studied cooking and the hospitality industry.

          1984

          Bachelor of Arts (BA)

          The University of Virginia

          Sep 1980 - Jun 1984
          • Charlottesville, United States
          • I attended and graduated from The University of Virginia, with a degree in Modern Studies, focusing on 19th & 20th century literature, art history and history. In addition, I had an internship at WVIR-TV, working at the NBC affiliate.