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.


SPYC 2019 Italy and South East Europe Final Winners
S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019 Italy and South Eastern Europe: here are the winners!
Alessandro Bergamo has been crowned the best chef in Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Croatia and will represent the region at the Grand Finale in May 2020. He was joined on the podium at the regional final by three other category winners.
Sean Brock
Sean Brock celebrates Southern food in his new cookbook
Sean Brock's new Southern cookbook is here, with 125 recipes celebrating this rich and diverse cuisine, from baby back ribs to tomato okra stew.
Food on the Edge
Food on The Edge 2019: The countdown is on!
The schedule is set and the speaker list is confirmed. The annual two-day symposium is just days away when chefs from around the world will arrive in Galway to talk and take action. Here's what not to miss!
SPYC 2019 Africa and Middle East regional winners
S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019 Africa and Middle East Regional Final: here are the winners!
The ten best young chefs from United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Morroco, South Africa and Turkey faced off in Cape Town at the live cooking competition on 14 October 2019 producing four award winners. Find out who!
SPYC North West Europe Finalists 2019
S.Pellegrino Young Chef North West Europe Final: Here are the winners!
Four young chefs have been recognised with awards in the regional heat of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019/20 on 9 October in Paris, with Alexandre Alves Pereira being named the best young chef for France, Belgium and Switzerland.
Michelin Chefs Cook Mackerel
Learn how to cook mackerel in a number of ways under the tutelage of Michelin chefs, from mackerel ceviche to roast mackerel, this oily and versatile fish is the perfect supper time treat.
Bocuse d'Or
Bocuse d'Or 2021: The Road to the Grand Final
Ahead of the world's most gripping culinary competition a series of gruelling national rounds and continental qualifying heats will take place to determine the toughest finalists. We'll bring you news of the winning teams as they are announced.
Celele Restaurant
Celele is Latin America's One to Watch 2019
Celele in Cartagena wins Latin America's 50 Best Miele One To Watch Award 2019 with chefs Jaime Rodríguez and Sebastián Pinzón recognised for putting their Colombian Caribbean cooking on the culinary map for the area.
Juan Gomez and Marko Petrovic
When fun dining and mixology meet in Hong Kong
Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez and mixologist Marko Petrovic from Felix at The Peninsula in Hong Kong share their secrets about food and cocktail pairing.
Castellana Restaurant HK
A taste of Piedmont in Hong Kong
A new Italian restaurant joins the higher echelons of the fine dining scene in Hong Kong with chef Marco Sacco delivering all the high notes of Piedmontese cuisine at Castellana restaurant.
L'Enclume, Carrot Crab Tart with buttermilk roses
The 50 Top Restaurants in the UK 2020
The Good Food Guide has released its annual list of the top 50 restaurants in the UK. Find out which addresses made the cut for 2020.
Chef Caroline Bazan Latin America's Best Female Chef 2019
Chef Carolina Bazán is named Latin America's Best Female Chef 2019
Chile's Carolina Bazán has been named as Latin America's Best Female Chef 2019 ahead of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony.