The market is saturated with food professionals – critics, chefs – who tell us about what to eat and how to eat it and take themselves very seriously in the process. My approach is antithesis: I’m not in the industry, I’m an actor and consumer and don’t claim to be anything else. I want to talk about food and celebrate it in a way that your average diner can relate to, hopefully making people laugh in the process. I’ve travelled all over the world and eaten in all kinds of dives and high end establishments. I like to think I’m a talented home cook, naturally inquisitive and with an excellent palate. I’m also capable of being a complete ass (aren’t we all?) in a way that most TV chefs and critics would never admit to. It’s taken many years and a huge amounts of pressure from my wife to convince me to share my misadventures in eating and drinking with anyone who cares to listen, and now they’re here I hope you enjoy devouring them as much as I did.
Charles Reston – An Actor Consumes
Charles Reston is a professional actor who splits his time between eating, drinking, thinking about eating and drinking, and looking after his two year old daughter. He is also Co-Artistic Director of Mongrel Thumb, a London based professional theatre company he founded with his wife Gill in 2013. So far they have produced two full scale productions in London: Eldorado at the Arcola Theatre and The Dead Monkey at the Park Theatre, as well as a festival run of Weird Weather at VAULTFestival 2015. Their next production, the World Premiere of Titas Halder’s Escape The Scaffold, opens in March 2017 at Theatre503, London, before transferring to The Other Room, Cardiff. Tickets are available here (London) and here (Cardiff).