James Hastings

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Collingwood College
Craft Beer, Southeast Asian Cuisine, Sustainability In Hospitality
  • While serving as beverage manager at Charley Noble, a Chef's Hat-awarded restaurant in New Zealand, James' team won Cuisine's Best Drinks List in 2017 and made the national GoodFood list of Top 100 Restaurants in 2018.
  • In 2023, he was also awarded "Best Newcomer" by BrewDog, Europe's largest independent craft brewery.
  • His knowledge of the food and beverage industry is broad and deep, having worked in both the on- and off-trade sectors. This is demonstrated by his hospitality accolades from the UK, France, and New Zealand.


James is a feature writer at Today Meal and has amassed a wealth of experience in both the writing and culinary worlds. His background features a blend of hospitality experience, freelance writing, and digital strategy, with notable contributions to food publications. His time working for a range of high-end independent businesses has resulted in extensive knowledge and interest in craft beer, spirits, cocktails, and fine wine. He has also been fortunate enough to work with industry powerhouses such as Heineken and BrewDog, where he indulged his love for teaching by running beer schools. Before becoming a food writer, James spent over 16 years in the hospitality industry, working in eight countries around the globe and picking up skills in almost every type of venue imaginable. When he's not writing about food and drink or experimenting with avant-garde cocktail recipes, James works as a project manager for Wild Response, an international wildlife conservation nonprofit.


James studied English and history in college. He is currently pursuing additional studies in wildlife conservation.
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