French-born and London-based, Valentine Benoist worked in the wine trade and for Le Fooding restaurant guide before going freelance.
I first heard of Valentine when I started working for French restaurant Casse Croûte in Bermondsey – London.
I was looking at the shelf behind the bar and found a couple of books. One was the Michelin guide and the other one was À Tables London. A book written by Valentine which gathers the 50 essential restaurants you need to know.
With extensive experience in both food & travel writing and consulting agencies, she spends more or less her life at the table. She is writing about what she has been eating or drinking or using this knowledge to answer to various projects.
I met her last year to get some advices on a pop up I wanted to start. We went on to talk about my project with “Papilles” and her side work “My Hungry Valentine Ceramics”
She recently stepped in the world of ceramic, creating plates and more with her unique touch.
Each piece has its own character, with beautiful imperfections, as they are all hand built in her East London studio, before going through two high-temperature kiln firings.
She uses recycled stoneware, so little speckles and nuances may appear from time to time, that’s the beauty of it.
It made sense for me to work with Valentine as we have the same love for eating out, table dressing and food in general.
Very happy to present her pieces which go so well on the table but also in the kitchen.