Hello! I’m a freelance recipe developer, food writer and editor based in London.

I’m the co-founder and editor of Pit, an independent food magazine, for which I won ‘Editor of the Year, Food & Drink’ at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards 2020 and have been shortlisted again for 2021. I have won the YBF Award for food writing and been shortlisted for a Fortnum & Mason Award.

I write recipes and words for most major food and drink publications in the UK, and some further afield. I also work as a print magazine and digital content editor on a freelance basis.

Get in touch: helen.gravy@gmail.com

My agent is Kay Peddle at Kay Peddle Literary

Testimonials

"Helen’s cooking style is quite extraordinary. I know very few people who can combine that kind of firecracker creativity with the ability to produce dish after dish to make you issue small moans of desire. Her talent for food is, literally and figuratively, on fire.’ – Sunday Times restaurant critic Marina O'Loughlin
"I’ve always thought of Helen as the queen of barbecue but she also has a real ability to tell a story and capture the visual side of anything she writes about." – Fiona Beckett, food writer and Guardian columnist
“When commissioning work, be it for clients or for our own editorial projects, I jump at the chance to work with Helen. With every brief, Helen will always come back with inventive, well-researched and downright drool-worthy recipe ideas that make me wish I possessed limitless budget! Her ideas really tap into that special something that our readers want – an authoritative voice that truly understands good cooking, next-level flavour combinations and exciting dishes from around the globe. Alongside her natural creative spark, Helen completes projects with the utmost professionalism, and rises to any challenge set – be it filming recipe videos, researching a wide range of global cuisines, or working to rigorous partner briefs, Helen goes above and beyond to deliver content that is anything but mundane.” – Ella Timney, Head of Content, Great British Chefs
“A passionate and unpretentious love of food shines through Helen’s writing – and her barbecue recipes are to die for” – Woman and Home Magazine
“Helen is a fountain of novel and creative ideas, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of food and drink. I could always rely on her to keep our readers ahead of the trends in food and drink, and to write about them in an accessible way with depth and humour – a rare talent.” – James Drury, former Editor in Chief of Londonist
“One of the most brilliant blogs is written by Helen Graves: you want to eat everything on her site” – The Times
“Helen is great to work with – always very quick to respond and extremely reliable. Her copy is consistently excellent – engaging, well researched and filed on time, often to tight deadlines. We would highly recommend her!” – Kate White, Editor of 3 South London Newspapers
“Unique narrative and eloquent prose” – The Metro
“Extremely well-crafted food and travel writing” – The Independent