Elly Curshen, founder of Bristol’s Pear Café, better known as Elly Pear and author of Sunday Times bestseller, 'Fast Days and Feast Days' (2016), is passionate about encouraging people to cook from scratch and try new things. Her bright, inventive, meat free cooking is influenced by world cuisine but always with an eye on the local greengrocers. Her second book, Elly Pear's Let's Eat! (2017) was an Amazon No1 bestseller (across ALL books!) following her appearance on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. Other media appearance include Women’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, BBC 6Music’s breakfast show, Soho Radio, BBC Radio Bristol, The Pool, Stir The Pot and Olive Magazine’s podcasts and Mumsnet.
Elly has contributed to a wide range of publications both online and in print, including Waitrose Food, Olive Magazine, Stella Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine, Delicious, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Root and Bone and The Pool and was the food columnist for Instyle Magazine for over a year. She has also contributed recipes to both Cook For Syria charity books and produced two e-books,
She is a judge on numerous panels in 2018, including Veggie Magazine Awards, Great British Food Awards (alongside Raymond Blanc, Michael Roux, Nathan Outlaw, Mark Hix, Rosemary Shrager, Dan Doherty and more) and appeared on the highly regarded Great Taste Awards head judges panel.
Festival appearances have included Abergavenny, River Cottage and BBC Countryfile and this year she is appearing at Yeo Valley’s Valley Fest and Ludlow Food Festival. She is also a regular tutor at Divertimenti Cookery School in Knightsbridge.
Restaurant collaboration events include Silo in Brighton (winner of Britain’s Most Innovative Restaurant and OFM’s Most Ethical Restaurant) and Salon in Brixton and pop ups in various locations including Borough Market and Skip Garden in London and a recent dhal pop up at Corner 77 in Bristol.
Elly opened The Pear Cafe in Bristol in 2006 and closed it in September 2018.