In just a few years, Simon Majumdar has become a mainstay on The Food Network, appearing in numerous episodes of Iron Chef America, Beat Bobby Flay, The Next Iron Chef, Best Thing I Ever Ate, Extreme Chef, and as a recurring judge on Cutthroat Kitchen.
Here’s how Simon became The Food Network’s “toughest critic.”
At the age of forty, like so many other people, I realised that there had to be more to my existence than the 9-5 daily grind in book publishing that had filled the last twenty years of my life. Brought to the tipping point by a genuine mid-life crisis, the death of my mother and stressful changes in the work place, I quit my job and set out to fulfil my life’s ambition to “Go Everywhere, Eat Everything” beginning a journey which cost me most of my life savings, took me to thirty one countries in a little over a year and resulted in my critically acclaimed book, EAT MY GLOBE (The Free Press, 2009) Along the way, I not only ate thousands of meals, from the divine and delectable to the unusual and unpalatable, but also encountered hundreds of people. Some I knew through interaction on food websites and my own internationally popular food blog, www.doshermanos.co.uk and others I met along the way. What they all had in common was the fact that they welcomed this often weary traveller into their lives with incredible generosity and showed me the glories of their culture through the medium of food. This led to such extraordinary experiences as sharing the picnic lunches of passengers on the train from Marrakech to Casablanca, working with a team of meat enthusiasts at The American Royal, the world’s biggest barbecue competition and even sharing home cooked meals in places as far apart as Finland, China, Mongolia and Mexico.
While it was often a delicious trip, it was also an eye opening one as I found myself riding the rails in China, staring down gun toting security guards in Brazil and braving the scooter -thronged roads of Hanoi. In the end, this journey was not just about the experiences of food and travel, but also a journey into myself and a lesson about the next chapter in my life.
It is a lesson I am always keen to share and while my style might be irreverent at the very heart of my journey is a genuine and deep felt affection for people. It is an affection which the London Daily Telegraph says “really nourishes the soul”