Kay Plunkett Hogge, shot by JP Masclet
Photograph by J.P. Masclet

Kay Plunkett-Hogge is an acclaimed food and drinks writer, and the author of Make Mine A Martini (Mitchell Beazley, 2014), Heat: Cooking With Chillies (Quercus, 2016) and A Sherry And A Little Plate Of Tapas (Mitchell Beazley, 2016).

In addition to her own books, Kay has co-authored a further six books, working with the award-winning chef Bryn Williams on his two books Bryn’s Kitchen and For The Love Of Veg, Academy Award nominated actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook The Tucci Table, and with the American pizza guru Chris Bianco. She also co-wrote Leon: Family and Friends with John Vincent and Cook Yourself Thin: Quick and Easy.

Born and brought up in 1970s Bangkok, Kay spent her childhood between two kitchens — inside for Western food, outside for Thai — before forging an international career in the film and fashion industries. It is an experience which has given her an in-depth knowledge of cuisines from all over the world.

Kay began her food career when she left the fashion business to set up a bespoke location catering service for photographic shoots. Since then, and in addition to her writing, she has worked as a food consultant for a variety of restaurants, including Leon.

Her acclaimed book, Make Mine A Martini, was the Financial Times’s pick for drinks book of the year, led to her induction into the Gin Guild (in the words of Heston Blumenthal: “She shakes a damn fine cocktail.”) and her writing regularly on cocktails for The Daily Telegraph.

In addition to The Telegraph, Kay has written for the FT Weekend, Delicious and Olive, and has published recipes in The Times, Hello and Borough Market’s Market Life magazine.

She lives in London with her husband, two cats and a dog.