Tom Parker Bowles

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Tom Parker Bowles
Born Thomas Henry Charles Parker Bowles
(1974-12-18) 18 December 1974 (age 39)
London, England
Occupation Food writer[1] and critic,[2] chef[3]
Spouse(s) Sara Buys (m. 2005)
Children 2
Parents Andrew Parker Bowles
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Relatives Laura Lopes (sister)
Ann de Trafford (paternal grandmother)
Bruce Shand (maternal grandfather)
The Hon. Rosalind Maud Cubitt (maternal grandmother)
Annabel Shand (aunt)
Mark Shand (uncle)
Derek Paravicini (cousin)
Ben Elliot (cousin)
Emma Parker Bowles (cousin)

Thomas Henry Charles Parker Bowles (/blz/; born 18 December 1974)[4] is the son of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Andrew Parker Bowles. His stepfather and godfather is Charles, Prince of Wales. His younger sister is Laura Lopes.

Early life and family[edit]

Tom Parker Bowles and his sister Laura were raised as Roman Catholics.[5] Both their father and their paternal grandmother, the late Dame Ann Parker Bowles, were Catholic. One of his cousins is musical prodigy Derek Paravicini.[6]

Parker Bowles was educated at Summer Fields prep school in Oxford.[7] He then attended Eton College and Worcester College, Oxford, where he was a member of the Piers Gaveston Society.[8] Like his father, he is in the line of succession to the Earldom of Macclesfield.[9]


From 1997 until 2000, Parker Bowles was a junior publicist for Dennis Davidson Associates public relations firm.[10] In 2000, he co-founded Quintessentially Group, a high end concierge service, with his cousin Ben Elliot, Luca del Bono and film producer Aaron Simpson.[11]

From 2002 to date he has been a food writer and broadcaster with a weekly column in The Mail on Sunday.[12] He has recently moved from being a Contributing Editor at GQ to being a Food Editor at Esquire magazine.[13] He is also an Editor at Large of Pomp magazine.[11]

From 2007 to 2010 he co-presented Market Kitchen on Good Food Channel and presented LBC Radio's Food and Drink Programme for a year.[14] He was the food curator of Heckfield Place when it underwent renovations from 2011 until 2013.[15] He was a judge on the ITV Food series Food Glorious Food.[16]


Parker Bowles first book, published in 2004, was E Is For Eating – An Alphabet of Greed.[17] His next, The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes, was published by Ebury in 2007.[18] His third, Full English: A Journey Through the British and Their Food was published in 2009[19] and won the Guild of Food Writers 2010 award for best work on British food.[20] His next book, Let's Eat: Recipes From My Kitchen Notebook, is a compendium of his favourite recipes, collected from around the world, and written with the amateur cook in mind. The book was published by St. Martin's Press and was released in 2012.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

On 10 September 2005, after five years of dating, Parker Bowles married Sara Buys, a fashion features editor at Harpers & Queen who wore a dress designed by Sarah Burton, in St. Nicholas' Anglican Church in Rotherfield Grey, Oxfordshire.[23] The wedding was attended by Andrew and Rosemary Parker Bowles (his father and stepmother), Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Charles, Prince of Wales (his mother and stepfather), and his step-brothers (Charles's sons), Prince William and Prince Harry.[24] Ben Elliot (first cousin and business collaborator) was the best man of the groom. The couple have two children: daughter Lola (born 9 October 2007) and son Freddy (born 28 February 2010).[25]


  • E is for Eating: An Alphabet of Greed. (2004). Long Barn Books. ISBN 978-1902421100
  • The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes (2007). Ebury. ISBN 978-0091904913
  • Full English: A Journey Through the British and Their Food. (2009). Ebury. ISBN 978-0091926687
  • Let's Eat: Recipes from My Kitchen Notebook. (2012). St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1250014337



  1. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles Profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles, British food critic and son of duchess, shares travel tales". Palm Beach Daily News. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Food Chef: Tom Parker Bowles". BBC. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles and Sara Buys". 
  5. ^ "Why postponing Royal wedding is right thing to do - News -". 2005-04-05. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Derek Paravicini, the Parker Bowles prodigy" The Times. 28 February 2008
  7. ^ Barber, Lynn (1 October 2006). "Eating like a king", The Observer
  8. ^ Mail on Sunday, 9 July 2000
  9. ^ "Earl of Macclesfield family update". Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  10. ^ People reported the name of the PR firm where Parker Bowles was employed from 1997–2000. This was done in Volume 51, Issue 20, dated 31 May 1999. Another source, Royalty Database, translates a Spanish language article in the Clarin website, and reports the name of the PR firm as simply being "DDA." This article was originally published in the same timeframe as the People article and provides, essentially, the same "news" and information.
  11. ^ a b Contributors: Tom Parker Bowles
  12. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles". Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles hearts Soho". Esquire Magazine. 
  14. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles". Leading Britain Conversation. 
  15. ^ Janet, Harmer (21 February 2011). "Heckfield Place to become 'world-class' luxury retreat in Hampshire". Caterer Search. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles". ITV. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Bowles, Tom Parker. "E is for Eating: An Alphabet of Greed". amazon. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  18. ^ Bowles, Tom Parker. "The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes". Amazon. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  19. ^ Bowles, Tom Parker. "Full English: A Journey Through the British and Their Food". amazon. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "Guild Awards Winners 2010". Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  21. ^ Jake Wallis, Simons (5 July 2012). "Eating out with Tom Parker Bowles". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  22. ^ Bowles, Tom Parker. "Let's Eat: Recipes from My Kitchen Notebook". Amazon. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Royal weddings in history". Vogue. 
  24. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles ties the knot with style Queen Sara". Hello magazine. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  25. ^ "Tom Parker Bowles talks posh pork scratchings". The Daily Telegraph. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 

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