About our writers

Maggie McNulty: Formerly UK & Ireland Press Officer for the Normandy Tourist Board, 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 lively blog posts. So dedicated was Maggie to this project that the culinary adventures she had in Normandy during her two years with us are still feeding the blog to this day – that’s quite a legacy! Maggie is now working as an Account Manager in the travel PR section of Four Communications in London.

Fran Lambert: Currently UK & Ireland Press Officer, Fran is based in London and works closely with British and Irish journalists to promote Normandy as a holiday destination. A self-confessed foodie (or should that be gannet?), Fran enjoys writing all about her gastronomic experiences on press trips, which will feature in the months to come on the Normandy Foodie blog. Highlights so far for Fran include a meal at one of Normandy’s Michelin-starred restaurants and a gastronomic Segway tour of Caen.

Alison Weatherhead: Originally from the West Midlands, Alison moved to Normandy 20 years ago with her husband and has since set up home and had two children just south of Vire, home to the famous andouille sausage. As the UK & Ireland Marketing Manager for the Normandy Tourist Board, Alison is passionate about promoting everything that her adopted region has to offer, and in her spare time she loves cooking wonderful Norman produce fresh from the local market and enjoying the fruits of her labour.

Ben Collier: Born in Brighton, Ben moved to Dieppe aged six and is proud of his Norman and British heritage, which comes in very handy in his job as UK & Ireland Marketing Executive! Ben is also a keen photographer and recently helped launch the Normandy Tourist Board’s English Instagram account, which he keeps updated with stunning photos of the region. So far, Ben has written about local beer La Min for the Normandy Foodie blog, and is looking forward to sharing more foodie adventures soon.

Sévérine Frères: Originally from Caen, social media guru and Normandy native Sévérine moved to Évreux in 2015 to work for the Normandy Tourist Board, where she heads up all things FacebookTwitter and Instagram as well as adwords campaigns and website stats. Like most French people, Sévérine is a fan of good food (‘une gourmande’ as they say in France), and can’t wait to share her favourite aspects of Norman cuisine with the world, so keep an eye out for her next post on the Normandy Foodie blog!

Marie Buchet: Born in Caen, Marie is a top Normandy ambassador for anyone curious about Norman food. Always ready to share her love of the region with the world, Marie cares passionately about small-scale producers and the importance of food transparency. She enjoys visiting Normandy schools to teach pupils about all the tasty food for which their region is known, and has been to many a food festival in her time! Marie is currently working for the Normandy Tourist Board in London as a trainee.

William Crossley: Freelance travel writer and fervent Francophile William writes regularly for the Oxford Times and was pleased to accompany the Normandy Tourist Board on its annual Normandy Foodie group press trip in 2016, where he enjoyed savouring all that the region has to offer, from cider and cheese to steak and black pudding! To read more about William on his travels, visit the Oxford Times website.

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

For more information on food and drink in Normandy, visit the Normandy Tourist Board website.

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