Hannah Miles was a high-flying legal eagle working for a top City law firm when a friend emailed her with details of a ‘dream cottage’ in the Bedfordshire countryside. Instantly besotted with the thatched stone cottage, Hannah ditched London life and headed for her rural idyll. In 2007, Hannah competed in the BBC’s MasterChef Goes Large. John Torode said of her ‘I think Hannah is one of the most naturally gifted cooks I have seen in a long time’. She became one of the three MasterChef finalists that year, of which she was the only woman.
Since MasterChef, Hannah’s food career has since taken off. Hannah has published 34 cookbooks which have been translated into 34 foreign language editions, has co-authored a further 11 books and also ghost wrote a cookbook for a celebrity. She publishes for Duncan Baird, Ryland Peters and Small, Cico, Lorenz books and Absolute Press, Watkins Books and Nourish Books. Her latest book THE ULTIMATE BOOK OF CAKES AND COOKIES will be published in 2022.
Hannah worked as a gluten free expert for Eating and Living Gluten Free magazine and her recipes have been featured in numerous magazines and papers, including BBC Good Food, Delicious, Hello!, Country and Town House, New York Daily News, The Washington Post Express, the Independent, Times, Guardian, Country Kitchen, Woman, Red and the Sunday Express. She appeared on Radio4’s Woman’s Hour, Martha Stewart Radio and is a regular on BBC Three Counties Weekend Kitchen cookery show. She has demonstrated at the BBC Good Food Show and taught at Whole Foods Cookery School in New York.
Since 2018 Hannah has worked as a Guest Lecturer at the Barakura English Garden in Japan hosting regular themed afternoon teas and lecturing on tea etiquette and her afternoon tea menu was recently served at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.. Meanwhile, Hannah also works full-time as a lawyer!