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Gavin Wren News

Another great piece of news for the start of 2018 was having one of my articles published in the East London cultural magazine 'The E-List’.

This publication features articles about artists, musicians and cultural icons from this area of East London. The article was a provocative 'think' piece about the role of local food and industrialisation in modern diets, how we need to accept 'big food' to a certain extent if we are to avoid making puff pastry ever again. Avocados aren't native to the UK yet have become a staple and no-one wants to revert to living on turnips all winter.

Last week I also submitted a long form pitch to a very large circulation publication, I'm really trying to get my writing out in the world this year, so watch this space!

Show Industrialised Food Love

Why We Need to Show Industrial Food Some Love

Gavin Wren Food Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Last night I watched two wise, reasoned and educated people talk excitedly about food. Joanna Blythman and Polly Russell explored personal food history, modern industrialised food, poverty, home cooking and much more besides. An immutable fact of those who study food is the ability to talk with ceaseless enthusiasm, I’m sure we could have stayed all night as we dived into the rabbit hole of the food world’s ills.

The analogy of the rabbit hole from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is spectacularly apt for discussions about food. Food debates are characterised by fractious, diverse discourse about situations which gradually become ever more complicated as the surface dust is gently brushed off, revealing the complex, labyrinthine puzzle below.

At a basic level, solutions to food problems appear simple, because it’s very easy to see where an individual’s behaviour around food may be causing problems. Too much fried chicken, not enough…
Food Photographer of the Year Spinning Twister

Food Photographer of the Year – Shortlisted!

Gavin Wren News

2018 has started with a bang!

There's been a constant stream of great news about my work coming through, it's always a delight to receive positive feedback about the images and prose that I create.

One of those delightful nuggets of information was an e-mail stating that I had been shortlisted in the 'Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year' awards! The image below was placed in the 'Cream of the Crop' category which comprised beautiful images of specific foods, in this case, one of my exploding ice creams.

Receiving this commendation after such a short time of being 'pro' is a huge testament to the work I've put into my photography skills over the last few years. There were some well known names from the food photography world alongside me and it was amazing to be shortlisted amongst photographers that I've recently asked to assist!

Being nominated has…
chickens chocolate coffee arms race

The Chicken, Coffee and Chocolate Arms Race

Gavin Wren Food Opinion Pieces, The World of Food

Deciphering what food is acceptable to eat is incredibly confusing and frequently exposes the internal contradictions of the human condition.


Dr Tara Garnett recently highlighted my personal conflicts when talking about the effect of food on climate change. The evidence surrounding eating too much meat poured through the air as heads nodded sagely, while virtuous “eat less meat” campaigns formulated in the quasi-vegetarian minds around the room. Then came the shocker, her evidence also suggests we should drink less coffee and tea, and eat less chocolate.



Well screw that. Contemplating quitting coffee and chocolate gave me a glimpse into the world of an NRA member when asked to...
My Last Blog Post The Magic of Blogging

My Last Blog Post: The Magic of Blogging.

Gavin Wren Blogging

Hello my dear friends.

Two months have passed since I last published a recipe on my blog and I want to explain why. There are no excuses about being busy, or despair over increased demands of life making blogging hard. I'm going to tell you the exact reason why I started blogging, why I'm going to stop and some words about the exciting and fulfilling project that I’m refocussing my time upon.

I nervously began Le Petit Oeuf in July 2014, utterly petrified of pressing ‘publish’ on my first, highly inoffensive blog post. I was a hobby photographer, with threadbare experience of taking food photos and mortally terrified of putting a profile picture online, for fear of judgement. That’s why the header image for this post is a self-portrait, because I genuinely no longer care what you think, and it’s bliss.

Over three and a half years, I’ve written...come and read more...
we're not going to die yet

We’re not going to die yet.

Gavin Wren YouTube Food Videos

Sitting at my desk last week I decided to film a very quick video on my iPhone, a rant in response to various articles which I had read in the press that day.

George Monbiot doom-mongering about the state of the environment and Giles Coren's clickbait-esque headline about hating Jane Austen all feature, alongside the amount of calories people eat.

Watch the video on YouTube below or via this link.