Holly Cole

Holly Garrad Cole
Holly Garrad Cole

Holly Cole

Based in Milan, with one foot in Piedmont, Holly is an all-round food enthusiast with a soft spot for Nebbiolo and all things truffle.

Following a brief stint in London’s wine industry, she diversified into quality and ethical auditing, witnessing commercial food production close up, from family run organic rice farms in northern Italy to the inner workings of London’s biggest sandwich factory.

In between, she’s rolled up her sleeves and gone back to the fields, volunteering on a cacao farm in Costa Rica, picking apples in Australia, packing strawberries in Kent and milking cows in Israel.

She has also hit the books, taking two years out to consolidate her knowledge studying an MSc in Food Identity. From the scientific tasting of charcuterie and coffee in Italy to churning Reblochon cheese in the Haute-Savoie, reporting on organic milk innovation in the UK and studying the Economics of Agriculture in Romania, food production took on an artisanal and local flavour.

With a fine-tuned food knowledge and a thirst for the stories behind it, from the people growing it to the people preparing it, her path naturally led her to the current editorial role at Fine Dining Lovers where she’s always on the lookout for the unsung heroes of the food world plus the best lasagne.


Michelin Guide Switzerland 2020
The Michelin Guide to Switzerland 2020 - See the New Stars
The new stars have been announced for the next edition of the Switzerland red guide, an impressive six new two-star restaurants make the listing plus twelve new one stars. Find out who.
Vegan Cream
Vegan Cream: How to make 5 Easy Dairy Free Substitutes
Heavy, whipped or single cream can all be easily substituted in a dairy-free diet with a few simple plant based recipes. Find out which ones you need.
Kitchen brigade
Exercise, Diet and Discipline: Are you Looking after your Kitchen Brigade?
Experienced industry professional, Paul Sorgule, offers up ten tips to chefs to encourage a motivated and productive team in the kitchen. What would you add?
The Unusual Ingredients Dining Experience
Feast on Flavour, Sound and Science in New Multi-Sensory Dining Experience
A multi-sensory immersive dining experience arrives in the UK, exploring the relationship between sound and flavour using audience participation. Find out more!
Ice Shreds from Mugaritz
The Mugaritz Water "Obsession" in Dishes
Water is an ongoing obsession at Andoni Aduriz's two-Michelin-starred Basque restaurant, where the R&D team pumps out highly creative, thought-provoking dishes that showcase H2O in extraordinary ways.
Basque Culinary Prize 2020
Basque Culinary World Prize 2020: Nominations now open!
If you know a trailblazing chef changing society through gastronomy, here's your chance to nominate them for 100,000 euros to dedicate to their project.
White Olives
White Olives: The Rare Ancient Olive with Regal Roots
Ever seen these ivory white olives? This striking species that was once used in religious ceremonies and enjoyed by royalty is being re-introduced in pockets of the Mediterranean.
Michelin Guide Nordics 2020
Michelin Guide to the Nordic Countries 2020 - See the New Stars
The new guide includes four new two-star restaurants and seven new one-star restaurants with one omission from the three-star restaurant rankings.
S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020 Fine Dining Lovers Award
SPYC 2020: the Fine Dining Lovers Award Winners in a Bite
A round-up of the 12 young chefs recognized for showing a personal belief within their dish ahead of the Grand Finale.
Cracco Online Shops
Click and Taste: Starred Chefs who Sell Food Online
Want to eat Michelin starred food at home? Why not have it mailed to you, by one of the Michelin chefs offering a tasty selection of online food, from sweets to seafood. Here are some of your options!
One of the dish at Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Beverly Hills
Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Beverly Hills New Menu in Pics
Take a look at the new menu as Chef Massimo Bottura develops and transforms classic Italian recipes into cross-cultural compositions befitti
“Ladies Steak” Causes a Stir on Twitter
A Liverpool restaurant listing a "8oz ladies fillet" on the menu has generated mockery amongst twitter users.