Olivia Potts

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Assistant: Gabriella Docherty


Olivia is a barrister turned writer and cook.

She grew up in Newcastle before reading English at Cambridge. She was elected the twenty-second female president of the Cambridge Union in 2008, and was called to the bar in 2011. She won the Arden Scholarship, and practised as a criminal barrister for five years. 

Now, Olivia spends her time writing and cooking. She is The Spectator’s Vintage Chef, and writes about law and popular culture in the New Statesman. In 2017 she graduated from the Cordon Bleu. In September 2017 she won the Young British Foodies Fresh Voices In Food Writing Award.

Olivia's memoir, A HALF-BAKED IDEA: How Grief, Love and Cake Took Me from the Courtroom to the Cordon Bleu, will be published by Fig Tree in July 2019.