About our writers

Fran Lambert: Senior Press Officer at Normandy Tourism, Fran is based in London and works closely with British and Irish journalists to promote Normandy as a destination. Fran enjoys writing about all her culinary experiences when on press trips, highlights of which include dining at three of the region’s Michelin-starred restaurants, taking a food-themed Segway tour of Caen, and enjoying a three-course banquet in a barn!

Ben Collier: Born in Brighton, Ben moved to Dieppe aged six and is proud of his dual heritage, which comes in handy in his job as Marketing Manager. Ben is also a keen photographer and helped launch Normandy Tourism’s English Instagram and Twitter accounts. So far, he has written about La Min beer, coffee shops, brunch hot spots and seafood festivals for the Normandy Foodie blog.

Alison Weatherhead: Originally from the West Midlands, Alison moved to Normandy 20 years ago and lives with her family near Vire, home to the famous andouille sausage. As Communications Manager for Normandy Tourism, Alison is passionate about promoting everything that her adopted region has to offer, and loves cooking Norman produce fresh from the local market and enjoying the fruits of her labour.

Carolyn Boyd: Carolyn has been writing about France for 20 years and is author of ‘France From the Source’ (published by Lonely Planet Food). She writes regularly for The Times, National Geographic Traveller, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Independent and The Guardian. She was editor of France Magazine for nearly ten years before going freelance in 2016. To read more of Carolyn’s work, visit her website.

Gillian Thornton: Gillian is widely known in the travel journalism industry as a France specialist. Particular interests include gastronomy, history, heritage, walking, nature and wildlife. Gillian is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and has served on the board since 2016. Her regular commissions include Women’s Weekly, France Today and Silver Travel Advisor. To read more of Gillian’s work, visit her website.

Julie Falconer: Julie is a London-based travel blogger and speaker. She runs an award-winning travel and lifestyle blog, A Lady in London, which she founded in 2007 and turned into a full-time job in 2010. It has taken her all over London and to 111 countries and counting! Originally from San Francisco, Julie came to London after leaving a career in finance, during which she worked for Goldman Sachs and a hedge fund. Prior to that, she studied International Relations at Brown University and spent her summers working at the US Embassy in Paris and the US Mission to the EU in Brussels.

Maggie McNulty: Former Senior Press Officer at Normandy Tourism, it was Maggie’s idea to launch a dedicated food blog back in 2015, and a lot of heart and soul went into writing a great many blog posts. So dedicated was Maggie to this project that all the foodie fun she had in Normandy during her two years with us are feeding the blog to this day – that’s quite a legacy!

For more on food and drink in Normandy, visit the Normandy Tourism website.

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