Catrin Thomas-Price is Editor and founder of The Taster food and drink magazine. She grew up in Kent in an atmosphere of constant chat about food. Mealtimes often demonstrated a sharp contrast between French, Welsh and English cookery provided by her Francophile Welsh parents. In her teens, Catrin's family bought and ran The Mermaid Inn in Surfleet, Lincolnshire; where Catrin spent her summer holidays working as a restaurant waitress, dishwasher and (in emergencies) sous-chef. As part of her university studies, Catrin spent a year living in Louisiana, sampling the cuisine of New Orleans and its surroundings. As a result of these early experiences, Catrin has always been interested in different world cuisines, how they develop around available ingredients and reflect human history. Her primary career was in journalism rather than cookery - she spent 13 years in magazine publishing, in London - but in 2013, she launched The Taster, which now allows her to indulge both passions together. The Taster aims to promote only good, healthy, sustainable food; it dips into food history and culture as well as recipes; and it champions independent and artisan food producers.
My connection with seafood
As a child, I often stayed with my great-aunt Mamie, whom I adored, in her tiny council house in Conwy. One treat was to buy lemon sole straight off one of the little Welsh fishing boats in the harbour. Back home, Mamie would briefly fry the sole and serve it with green peas, white bread and butter, a cup of milk for me and sweet tea for herself. It was a perfect meal, unimprovable by any number of Michelin stars. I feel strongly that such experiences -- such singingly fresh ingredients -- should be available to everyone.
Why sustainability is important to me
For most of us, a fish doesn't have to be driven to extinction to become unobtainable; it merely has to become unaffordable. The horror scenario is that if, say, cod succumbs to this fate, there'll be no more cod'n'chips for anyone except millionaires. I find this unthinkable. The Taster is very happy to help spread the word about the MCS sustainable fish App, and I religiously avoid buying fish from imperilled stocks -- so that (fingers crossed) I can enjoy them again when the App says it's okay.