Valentine Warner trained as a portrait painter before putting down the brush to pick up the spoon. He worked in London restaurants for eight years under such chefs as Alastair Little and Rose Cararina before setting up a private catering company, Green Pea. He has presented TV series, including What to Eat Now and Valentine: Coast to Coast, has written multiple books and regularly contributes to Countryfile and Delicious magazines amongst others.
Valentine believes that a real understanding of ingredients, the producers involved and the natural history of ingredients contributes as much to the plate as the cooking itself. A very keen outdoors man, when not in the kitchen, he will be out with a basket or, more probably, fishing.