Loyd Grossman came to Britain to study at the London School of Economics in 1975, where he received a master's degree in economic history. However, it was journalism that really provided Loyd with food for thought, for he made a name for himself working as a restaurant critic for publications such as The Sunday Times and Harpers & Queen, though he admits that when he started out in this field he hadn't even learnt to cook for himself! But good fresh food has always been a part of Loyd's life, having grown up in a little fishing town just outside Boston, so he appreciated the best quality ingredients and has always sought to promote fresh, healthy eating.
After 13 years in journalism (and less than 15 minutes of fame as a singer with punk band Jet Bronx and The Forbidden!), Loyd moved into television presenting, initially on Through The Keyhole, a programme that more or less poked its curious cameras (albeit with permission!) into the homes of the rich and famous. Loyd made almost 400 appearances on the programme as a reporter and then presenter. With his gourmet background, Loyd naturally gravitated towards cookery-themed programmes, such as MasterChef and, more recently, as a judge on ITV's series Food Glorious Food. He also has his own range of popular cooking sauces and soups on supermarket shelves.
In 1996, Loyd was awarded a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award for his involvement in the MasterChef series. He was awarded an OBE in 2003.
In 2007, Loyd was appointed Chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust and in 2009 he became Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, which represents nearly 100 non-governmental and voluntary organisations working across the heritage sector. In addition, he is a member of the Court of Assistants of the Company of Arts Scholars, an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts!
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