Rupert Parker
Rupert Parker is writer, photographer, cameraman and TV Producer. Although his special interest is food and travel, he writes about everything from wilderness adventure to gourmet spa tours. His articles appear, not only in national newspapers and magazines, but also on global websites and appeal to young and old alike. He’s made ground breaking TV series for the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic, among others, and has been nominated for an Emmy. His most recent series for Discovery US was filmed across 5 continents and, despite having over 70 countries under his belt, he’s still hungry for travel. Read his latest adventures on Planet Appetite and follow him on Twitter @planetappetite

Entries by Rupert Parker

Planet Appetite: The Only Way is Eat Essex, UK

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 8:57 AM

The county of Essex, just outside London, is famous for many things but not, until now, for its food and that's a big shame.


I travel all over the world for my job, searching out the best places to eat in...

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Planet Appetite: Packing Light for Air Travel, Latest Products

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 5:01 AM

As airlines are clamping down on the weight of hand baggage, it's even more important that you choose the lightest items to pack.


Hand baggage restrictions seem to get worse and worse, with even scheduled carriers like Virgin Atlantic restricting you...

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Planet Appetite: Madrid Fusion International Gastronomy Summit 2015, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 1:24 PM

For 13 years Madrid Fusion has been the most important event in the international gourmet calendar and 2015's theme was Travelling Cuisines, featuring chefs from Finland, the Philippines and China, as well as Spain.


We've all heard of those grand...

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Planet Appetite: Alpine Hotel, Nira Alpina in Silvaplana, Switzerland

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 4:48 AM

Only ten minutes from St. Moritz, the Nira Alpina Hotel, in Silvana, is right at the foot of Mt. Corvatsch and has direct access to its cable car so you can ski out and ski back in.


I love being in...

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Planet Appetite: A Taste of Britain at St. Moritz Gourmet Festival, Switzerland

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 7:18 AM

Swiss winter tourism was invented 150 years ago by the British in St. Moritz so it's fitting that this year's Gourmet Festival invited 9 UK Chefs to create a "British Edition".


I can't believe this is happening. I'm in the subterranean kitchens of...

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Planet Appetite: Walking Festival in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 4:38 PM

Tenerife is the Canary Island famous for its sandy beaches and year round sunshine, but its Walking Festival is a good introduction to over 1500 km of hiking trials and there's plenty of luxury accommodation to salve your weary limbs and make your stay a comfortable one.

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Planet Appetite: Velas Luxury Hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 6:45 AM

Tourism on the Pacific coast of Mexico is concentrated around Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit with 3 luxury hotels catering for every taste.


Mexico represents remarkably good value for money and specialises in all-inclusive resorts. Cancun and the Riviera Maya have been...

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Planet Appetite: All at Sea in the British Virgin Islands

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 7:31 AM

The great advantage of the British Virgin Islands is that they're all clustered together, so moving between them, on excellent ferry services, really does give you a taste for sailing the Caribbean.


I'm on my way to the British...

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Planet Appetite: In the Lap of Boutique Luxury in Las Alamandas, Mexico

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 10:46 AM

If you really do want to get away from it all, Las Alamandas can offer you four private beaches, kayaking on a lagoon full of wild birds and horseback rides at sunset.


Now that Puerto Vallarta is accessible by...

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Planet Appetite: Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, Pacific Coast, Mexico

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 6:25 AM

Now that you can access Mexico's Pacific Coast direct from London, Riviera Nayarit is an attractive holiday option with year round sunshine and stunning natural beauty.


I'm asking myself why should I choose the Pacific coast when I can...

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Planet Appetite: The Yunnan Cookbook - Recipes from China's Land of Ethnic Diversity

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:31 AM

Yunnan, borders Tibet, Sichuan, Burma, Vietnam and Laos, and each ethnic minority has its own distinct cooking ingredients, aromas and flavours, all brought together in the Yunnan Cookbook.


I first visited China over 30 years ago when it was...

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Planet Appetite: South Tunisia - Film Locations for Star Wars, The English Patient and Life of Brian

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 9:56 AM

Star Wars Rebels: Path of the Jedi threatens to be one of the movie events of 2015, so a pilgrimage is long overdue to the South of Tunisia, where the earlier films were shot, along with The English Patient, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Life of...

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Planet Appetite: A Taste of the Alentejo, Portugal

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 7:21 AM

The largest region in Portugal, the Alentejo, has traditionally been the poorest but the quality of its produce, and excellence of its wines, place it firmly on the foodie map.


I'm running 2 hours late for my first lunch date in...

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Planet Appetite: Walking on Thin Ice in Chamonix, France

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 10:18 AM

The Alps in winter are not just for skiing but also for hiking but you need special gear for glaciers and also great courage.


I'm hanging on for dear life as I cling on to the sheer cliff face. No matter that...

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Planet Appetite: Going Underground in Europe's Largest Cave, Postojna, Slovenia

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 2:43 AM

In Postojna Cave, Slovenia, anyone can take a train and explore 5 km of underground tunnels and passages, or you can sign up for an adrenaline adventure tour and taste the real caving experience.


It's Friday night, around midnight, I'm deep...

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Planet Appetite: Blooming Vineyards in the Desert, Washington State, Pacific North West, USA

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 4:06 AM

The Pacific North West of the USA is associated with forests and rain, but go to the East of Washington State, and you'll find the desert transformed by vineyards producing excellent wines.


Delta has a new flight direct from...

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Planet Appetite: A Taste of Two Cities - Gaziantep and Adana, Southern Turkey

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 10:25 AM

Turkish cuisine from Southern Anatolia is distinctive with the best Baklava coming from Gaziantep and kebabs of the same name from Adana.


Mention Turkish food and the ubiquitous kebab is what comes to mind, a stalwart of high streets everywhere,...

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Planet Appetite: Korean Kimchi Is Good for You

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 2:57 AM

Although it's usually made with cabbage, there are over 200 varieties of Kimchi in Korea, and fermentation produces lactic acid bacteria which protect against cancer, boost the body's immune system and keep your skin young.


I'm at Westminster Kingsway...

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Planet Appetite: Nordic Food Revolution Hits West Sweden

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Fresh from its waters, or newly harvested from its fields, the produce of West Sweden is the perfect fodder for the Nordic Food Revolution.


I can't believe it - it's the middle of September and I'm on a small...

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Planet Appetite: The Exotic Far North of Sri Lanka - Jaffna and its Islands

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:44 AM

Long out of bounds for travellers, because of the war, the city of Jaffna, and its peninsula, is now safe for travel and there's even a new railway line.


I've been to Sri Lanka a couple of times, but never been able to...

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