Michael Raffael is an acclaimed freelance food and travel writer. Educated at London University and the École Nationale de Langues Orientales Vivantes in Paris, he has also worked as a chef and judged many national food writing competitions. He has amassed a number of awards, including Glenfiddich Food Writer of the Year, Visit USA Travel Writer of the Year, World Gourmand Cookbook Award and Restaurateurs Association Food Writer of the Year. As part of his work he has been involved inthe judging process of national cheese competitions. He has written more than a dozen books.