Ghillie Basan is a writer, broadcaster and food anthropologist who lives in a remote part of the Cairngorms National Park where she runs a Culinary Experience business, Spirit & Spice, hosting groups from all over the world to pair wild food and local ingredients with whisky.
Formerly a journalist and teacher with a degree in Social Anthropology and a Cordon Bleu diploma, Ghillie has worked in Turkey, the Middle East, North Africa, India and Southeast Asia. Her food and travel articles have appeared in the Sunday Times, Sunday Herald, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Tribune, Press & Journal, BBC Good Food Magazine, Delicious Magazine, Diet & Nutrition USA, and various Middle Eastern and Internet magazines. She has been described as one of the ‘finest writers on Middle Eastern food’ and has written more than 40 books on different culinary cultures – some have been nominated for the Glenfiddich, Guild of Food Writers, and the Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards and have appeared regularly in the ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Top 50’ lists. She is also the author of the non-fiction title, The Moon’s Our Nearest Neighbour, and her most recent book, Spirit & Spice, weaves her travels and lifestyle off the beaten track through recipes and whiskies to pair with them.
As a broadcaster, Ghillie has many BBC credits as a presenter and contributor to a variety of food programmes and she produces her own podcast, also called Spirit & Spice, on food and drink stories in Scotland. As an ambassador of food and drink in Scotland, she has given TED talks in Canada and Ireland and has been a winner of the Highlands and Islands Innovation in Tourism Award.